Sunday, March 11, 2007

WANTED: Bibles for Beijing

The Communist Party’s latest tactic of putting bibles in every hotel room prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics serves only to trick the free world into thinking that the regime tolerates and welcomes religion, when in fact the reality is quite the opposite

Vancouver Sun: March 10, 2007 BEIJING -- Beijing hotels may be asked to provide Bibles for foreign visitors during next year's Olympic Games, Xinhua news agency said Friday.

Liu Bainian, vice-president of the China Patriotic Catholic Association, said Bibles would help meet the religious needs of some of the 500,000 tourists expected during the Games.

The church has already decided to provide Bibles in several languages for more than 10,000 athletes competing at the Olympics.

To meet a shortfall of Bibles, Liu said authorities should ask Chinese believers to donate their own Bibles to the hotels on the understanding that they would get them back after the Aug. 8-24 Olympics concluded. The Beijing Diocese estimates that there are 60,000 Catholics in the capital and 10 million nationwide.

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