China confiscating Bibles

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, China has confiscated more than 300 Bibles from American Christians that arrived at Kunming Airport. While the title "China confiscates Bibles from American Christians" initially outraged me, thinking that the Chinese government had confiscated personal copies of the Bible (despite what some people might think of atheists, I'm a big believer in freedom of and from religion), it turns out that the Christians brought along a boatload of Bibles to use for proselytizing. This considerably weakens the sympathy I have for the Christians.

Still, I'm unhappy with the way China suppresses religion, where they do things like confiscating Bibles. (I'm not outraged, since it's the kind of thing I've come to expect from them.) While I would like to see more atheists among the populace, I want this to be because they reasoned it out and rejected extraordinary claims with little to no evidence. Incidentally, I'd also like to see more skeptics for the same reason. I absolutely abhor the use of force to coerce people to abandon beliefs; this would just be replacing one arbitrary authority with another arbitrary authority.

For that matter, I don't like all of the censorship that China enforces. People shouldn't have to continuously worry whether what they think or say will be suppressed by the state. They should be able to freely think wherever their thoughts take them. The fact that the Chinese government feels the need for an oppressive degree of censorship might be an indication of what they think of their own system of government.

5 thoughts on “China confiscating Bibles”

  1. That is so ... depressing. Sounds like the Chinese news media is only considered to be fit for spreading propaganda ...

  2. Hi Gang, In Canada we have laws that are supposed to eliminate the importation or distribution of "hate literature". China and many of the Arab countries have similar "laws". Of course, US America has freedom of speech so it sees any country that would pass "laws" that suppress that freedom as "interfering with free speech". Christians do not accept that their bible can be seen as "hate literature" since it contains hundreds of references to "love thy neighbor", but fail to notice that hundreds of its passages revere actions that "kill neighbors". US America also won't be happy until the rest of the world accepts its form of democracy where 51% of the people get to treat 49% of the people like crap. I wonder what US America would do if "millions of anti-Christian books" were being distributed "free" of charge in US America by a "foreign" group. Would the books even get into US America? Maybe. Would the distributors by harassed. Certainly.

  3. I really don't like censorship, even if it's censorship of hate literature (which is a rather nebulous concept, in any case). At least Canada or the US are a lot better than countries like China in respect with freedom of speech. You don't have to be too touchy about the government suppressing anything you say that could conceivably be considered as "politically subversive" (often when you had no idea that it could have even be construed that way). I don't think China would want to use the "Bible is hate literature" excuse, though, since Mao's Little Red Book isn't exactly made up exclusively of love. ^_^;;

  4. Hi Gang, In Canada we have laws that are supposed to eliminate the importation or distribution of "hate literature". China and many of the Arab countries have similar "laws". Of course, US America has freedom of speech so it sees any country that would pass "laws" that suppress that freedom as "interfering with free speech". Christians do not accept that their bible can be seen as "hate literature" since it contains hundreds of references to "love thy neighbor", but fail to notice that hundreds of its passages revere actions that "kill neighbors". US America also won't be happy until the rest of the world accepts its form of democracy where 51% of the people get to treat 49% of the people like crap. I wonder what US America would do if "millions of anti-Christian books" were being distributed "free" of charge in US America by a "foreign" group. Would the books even get into US America? Maybe. Would the distributors by harassed. Certainly.

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