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Islamic Republic Shows Concern about Imports of the Bible

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2011 Aug 18
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Iranian authorities have seized six thousand five hundred copies of the Bible in northwest of Iran, ASSIST News Service reports. According to the Mohabat News, Dr. Majid Abhari, advisor to the social issues committee of the parliament in Iran, said "these missionaries with reliance on huge money and propaganda are trying to deviate our youth." Mohabat News says that, in an interview with a government news agency, Abhari added: "With regard to the activities of these Christian missionaries to deceive people, especially youngsters, they have begun a huge campaign by spending huge sums and false propaganda for deviating the public." Abhari did not present any more details about the seizure of 6,500 gospels but he did say: "These books were made with the best paper in the world in pocket size," adding: “The important point in this issue that should be considered by intelligence, judicial and religious agencies is that all religions are strengthening their power to confront Islam, otherwise what does this huge number of Bibles mean?” Mohabat News stated that in November of 2010, police officers and revolutionary guards seized 300 bibles from a bus after its inspection and “in a shameful action, burned them all in the village of Darishk.” According to Mohabat News, “Insulting the Christian Bible is a continuation of an organized campaign by agencies that view anti-Christian propaganda on the top of their agenda.”