Thursday, November 08, 2007

Rules on Bibles For Spectators and Athletes at 2008 Olympics Attract Notice

WorldNet Daily reported yesterday that Bibles will be among those items banned from housing units being constructed for athletes participating in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The report generated complaints from members of Congress, among others. (WorldNet Daily). However later yesterday, Townhall.com said that the U.S. Olympic Committee received confirmation from Beijing Olympic officials that there will be no restrictions on Bibles being brought into the Olympic village.

Separately, the Olympics website says that spectators entering the country to attend the Olympics should take no more than one Bible into the country. China generally restricts imports of Bibles. The government-controlled Nanjing Amity Printing Co. has a monopoly on the printing of Bibles inside China. Another portion of the Olympics website tells visitors that "China is a country with religious freedom and respects every religion", and lists information on Buddhist, Christian and Muslim places of worship in Beijing.

Little notice has been given to another entry restriction for visitors posted on the Olympic site just before its warning about Bibles: "Any printed material, film, tapes that are 'detrimental to China's politics, economy, culture and ethics' are also forbidden to bring into China."

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