China Bans Bible for Olympic Athletes
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2007 Nov 07
Evidently the organizers of the Summer Olympics in Beijing are afraid of the Bible because they have put it on the list of prohibited items for Olympic athletes coming from other countries. Here are several articles:
In addition, visitors to China are being warned not to bring more than one copy of the Bible with them to the games next August. This appears to contradict earlier promises to allow religious services (and some degree of religious freedom) during the Olympics. Recent reports highlight increased pressure on Christians in China.
I predict banning the Bible for Olympic athletes will boomerang and prove to be a PR nightmare for China and will in fact highlight the amazing growth of the Christian church in China in recent years.