Matthew R. Perry

Going to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? Travel Light, Biblically Speaking

In 2008 Olympics, Culture on November 15, 2007 at 6:30 pm

From CNSNews.com (Fred Lucas and Kevin Mooney):

Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) said Americans traveling to the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing next year should defy the Chinese government’s rule that prohibits travelers from taking more than one Bible into the country.

Cybercast News Service asked Salazar Wednesday whether Americans traveling to China should defy this rule. “I think so,” said Salazar. “It’s a trampling on a freedom that we cherish in this country that’s a universal freedom. I don’t think that kind of constriction on something that is such an international global celebration is something that ought to be tolerated.”

The official Chinese policy prohibits anyone from bringing into the country “manuscripts, printed matter, films, photographs, gramophone records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, etc., which are detrimental to China’s politics, economy, culture and ethics.”

Wang Hui, executive deputy director of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, elaborated on this policy, telling the South China Morning Post last week: “Athletes and other individuals can bring with them their own Bibles. But no one can bring in multiple copies for public distribution.”

Click here to read the rest. If you abide by this rule, scroll down: Orrin Hatch (R -Utah) has a good idea (regardless of whether you agree with his Mormon faith or not).

What think ye?

Anyone going to the Olympics?

Should we as Christians abide by the rules or engage in some civil disobedience?

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  1. I think what Ken Salazar is suggesting is that Americans willingly and knowingly defy the sovereignty of another nation with the backing of at least one representative. I thinks that is unprofessional and dangerous.

    However, I still think it is a good idea to take as much gospel-laden literature and bibles into China as possible. Not because Americans have a rhetoric of freedom and we don’t like restrictions (We have been a rebellious people from the beginning), but becuase we love Jesus and want to risk arrest by sharing Him.

    Thats my two cents, and last I heard, their value is dropping quite rapidly.

  2. God and one bible is all you need.
    Going as far as to defy a countries rules is disrespectful even if they are stupid. There’s no reason to make an uprising just go and have fun and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
    checks these out : little travel tips
    http://www.petergreenberg.com/2008/06/27/an-olympic-guide-to-food-in-beijing
    and this one too
    http://www.petergreenberg.com/2007/10/18/off-the-brochure-beijing/

  3. I think if people of all faiths would STOP trying to get others to change their minds, this world would be more kind, more peaceful and more wonderful. If China has a law and you are going to China (which we are), then I say be respectful and follow the law. If you don’t like it, don’t go.

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