Christian leaders around the globe are calling for schools and libraries to ban the Bible amongst increasing concern over offensive content and promotion of non-Christian values.
Passages asserting man's authority over women (Timothy and Ephesians), an endorsement of slavery (Peter), and quite a few bits about it being swell to kill children are only some of the examples that have traditional Christian communities up in arms. Rick Santorum's recent pledge to bring child killing back to America may be drawing supprt from some of the more extreme fundamentalists, but many Christians are uncomfortable with the idea.
"Jesus stands for love and equality for all people" said one man. "If the Bible isn't in line with that, then it has to go."
The god character, who kills 2 and a half million during the book despite supposedly being a paragon of virtue (his evil counterpart kills only 10), has been particularly troubling for many and cited as a potential bad influence on impressionable youngsters.
Another protester spoke to us. "I'm against books that contradict the Bible. And the Bible contradicts the Bible. Repeatedly. It doesn't have a place in our belief system."
The Archbishop of Canterbury surprised people by supporting the ban. "I don't want people to read the Bible. I want to be able to simply tell people what it says, like in the good old days before all this pesky widespread literacy."