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Bible bashing

MORE THAN 2,000 people complained to Hong Kong’s Television and Licensing Authority (TELA), saying that the Bible was an indecent publication.

They claimed it contained violence and sexual content with rape and incest but TELA refused to submit the text to the Obscene Articles Tribunal for reclassification. The complaints were a form of retaliation for TELA’s decision to classify a column in a student newspaper as indecent, after the writer discussed incest and bestiality.

A website was launched to campaign for the Bible to be classified as indecent. Bible passages with sexual and violent content were posted on the website as proof of the text’s indecency. TELA said the Bible was a religious book and part of civilisation. It also said it had not violated standards of morality, decency and propriety.

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