When I first saw the headline on this article, I thought, “This must be a joke. The writer is setting us up with bitter irony, and will then go on to discuss the Koran.”
But no, the story is straight up. As reported in the May 18th edition of Christian Today:
Bible Under Fire in Hong Kong for Sexual, Violent Content
Hundreds of residents have flooded Hong Kong’s media decency watchdog group with complaints against the Bible for its sexual and violent contents.
Protestors call on authorities to reclassify the Bible as “indecent,” which would make it illegal for minors under 18 years of age to purchase and would cause the Bible to be wrapped with a statutory warning notice.
As of noon on Wednesday, Hong Kong’s Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (TELA) said it had received 838 complaints about the Bible, according to Reuters.
“I can confirm that the complaints were received,” said a TELA spokeswoman to Agence France-Presse. “The thrust of the complaints was that the Bible was obscene, that different parts of the Bible were offensive to readers.”
TELA refused to give details of the complaints but local media say they refer to acts of violence, rape, incest and cannibalism.
The complaints are thought to have sparked from an anonymous website, www.truthbible.net, which said the Bible “made one tremble” from its sexual and violent content and had urged readers to press TELA to reclassify the Bible as an indecent publication.
As far as I know, Hong Kong has no problems with a Muslim minority. If and when the day comes, we’ll give TELA the benefit of the doubt and assume that the Koran will receive the same level of regulatory scrutiny.