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Germany    LAWYERS ASK FOR BIBLE TO BE LABELED AS DANGEROUS
Two lawyers on Tuesday asked German Family Minister Christine Bergmann to officially classify the Bible as a dangerous book for children because it has violent content.
    Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel said the Bile contains descriptions of "a gruesomeness difficult to exceed" which are then described as the will of God.
    "It preaches genocide, racism, enmity towards Jews, gruesome executions for adulterers and homosexuals, the murder of one's own children and many other perversities," Sailer and Hetzel said.
    They said the Bible should remain on the list so long as the "bloodthirsty and human rights-violating passages" were not removed.
    A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Munich, Adelheid Utters-Adam, called the demand absurd and said every history book and newspaper would be banned if the same demands were applied. She said the Bible describes the darkness of human nature caused by sin, and added the two lawyers obviously had no understanding of the Scriptures.
    CWN
   
4/8/00



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