These are troubling times indeed. The decline of our society seems to be traveling at break-neck speed as the core values and beliefs that made western civilization the golden age of human kind are being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. The UK Daily Mail reports that postal workers on the Channel Isle of Jersey refused to deliver CD recordings of the Gospel of St. Mark because they has been deemed 'offensive material.'
The recordings in question were purchased by 'Switch On,' a group of Christian Churches who wished to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible by sharing the Holy Gospel of St. Mark with each household on their island. The group consulted with local postal officials prior to ordering the 45,000 recordings and Rev. Liz Hunter of St. Heller Methodist Centre said 'Initially Jersey Post seemed quite positive about helping us deliver the CDs.'
Everything was going as expected until the Jersey Post phoned the group and explained that the recordings would not be delivered because 'they could be deemed offensive.' According to Rev. Hunter:
'They said there were guidelines about mass material that is sent out across the island and that religious recordings could offend people.
'This is not openly aggressive evangelism it was just a nice idea to give everyone a CD which they can chose to listen to if they wish.'
Although disappointed, church groups on the island have not been deterred from sharing the Holy Gospel of St. Mark with their fellow islanders as faithful volunteers have stepped forward to deliver the CDs. Once the story came to light and the action of the Jersey Post in classifying the recordings as 'offensive material' was exposed, the postal authorities had a change of heart.
This morning Jersey Post managing director Kevin Keen issued a full apology. 'We got it horribly wrong,' he said. 'I am trying to get hold of the sponsors of the project and I have apologised profusely. If they want us to deliver it, then we will deliver it 'I know who did it and they got it wrong. The person took the decision about whether we should distribute religious material and that was completely wrong of them and not the policy of this company.'
Naturally something like this could never happen here in America. Imagine the outcry if a government official trampled on our sacred constitutional right of freedom of religion. Mayor Bloomberg, today is the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks will the clergy be permitted to attend the memorial dedication ceremony?