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US Christian Group Leaves Airport After Biblical Standoff

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US Christian Group Leaves Airport After Biblical Standoff A group of US Christians who had more than 300 Bibles confiscated by Chinese customs officials left the airport Monday after a 26-hour standoff, saying they realized officials would not change their stance. Members of Vision Beyond Borders had previously said they would not leave the airport until the communist authorities returned the 315 Bibles, taken from their checked luggage. The Chinese law forbids bringing religious products into the communist nation for more than personal use.

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fcseamstress fcseamstress 9 years
I agree it was very disrespectful on the individuals part. This attitude of American entitlement and exception to the rules has got to stop. Hey, at least the Chinese are willing to give the Bibles back. This may cause a bit of commotion, but in a way I agree with the Chinese government ban on religion. I do appreciate the fact I live in the USA with freedom of (and just as important FROM) religion, but think of how much time our federal government wastes on debating laws about abortion, gay marriage, religious education vs. public education standards, and evolution vs. creationism/ID... Not only Christians debating with agnostics and atheists, but the arguments between different sects of Christianity (Evangelicals, Baptists, Catholics, etc.). I'm not implying that the Chinese have it 'right' by any means, but a lot of these issues would be easier to solve if they were viewed from a basic human rights standpoint rather than a religious perspective. And if that's how they want to run their country, so be it. If people are really opposed to it, I'm sure they could find some way to leave the country... And the state sponsored churches isn't a bad idea either, no arguments about, "My Bible/Koran/other religious text is better than your Bible/Koran/other religious text." I'm just sayin...
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I agree. That was incredibly rude.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I agree Jude. I wonder what do people think at times. It could have lead to a dance off.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I can understand taking the 300. Those were obviousily meatn for distribution. The 15 that were in the individual's suitcases should be returned.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Indeed, Michelin.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
It is a bit silly to think a country like China would change it's laws for you, but I hope we can all agree it's a shame these laws exist.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It's actually quite disrespectful, really. I understand that they feel they have a mission, but to have made such a big fuss out of their contraband being confiscated is just :OY:
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I agree Jude. Did they really think the country was going to change its laws for them?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I can see this turning into a really bad sequel to The Terminal.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
If that's what the law says, then that's what the law says. :shrug:
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