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The Bad Book

by | 3rd, June 2005

‘YOU’RE in a hospital bed, waiting for the premed sedative to kick in, when your conscience pricks your anxious mind.

‘And on the 7th day, while resting, God caught the MRSA superbug’

You’re possessed by a sudden urge to repent for some long-suppressed sin, an ill committed in your youth and in rare folly.

Your hand inches to the draw beside your bed, and using every ounce of effort in your hurting body, you remove the book from within.

But what’s this? Where’s the Bible, the hotline to God through which you can confess all? It’s gone. And in its place is a pamphlet preaching about cultural diversity and the need for tolerance.

You then realise you’re not dying – you’re in Leicester. And your nightmare is a vision of the future should managers of the local NHS get their way. As the Mail screams from its front page: “HOSPITAL BAN ON THE BIBLE.”

For added impact, the Express leads with exactly the same headline, and features heavily the words of Iain Mair, UK head of Gideons International, the Bible company you can trust.

Mair thinks it’s a ridiculous notion that suggests having Bibles kept besides all hospital beds causes offence to non-Christians. He calls the proposal “outrageous”. And then, with a sharp intake of breath, Mair delivers the line the paper wants: “This is political correctness gone mad.”

And it doesn’t end there. Over in the Mail, we

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