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America Bible Publishers were upset that their products would be subject to an import tax.
For the sake of profit America Bible Publishers embrace China’s cheap labor.
China’s President Xi certainly must appreciate Capitalist Christianity as it helps to pay for China’s goal of destroying religious freedom and replacing it with Communistic dogma.
After all dictators enslave nations to their personal whims and what drives their power machines is money.
Whether it be antichristian rhetoric or Winnie the Pooh power in this world is derived from wealth.
China’s President Xi does not like being compared to Winnie the Pooh…
…so Winnie the Pooh, cuddle, fluffy Winnie the Pooh is outlawed in China…
From creating islands where non existed…
….from militaristic ambitions to destroy the United States of America China openly demonstrates to the world it has no restrains on selfish ambition.
China’s President Xi has a long tired history of persecuting Christians and excluding them from functioning in society. A Christian cannot use China’s national library nor move forward in a college education under President Xi’s laws of exclusion.
Bottom line: In China you’re gonna loose social points if you claim to be a Christian while living under the constant threat of imprisonment, family destruction and monetary poverty.
So what is America Bible Publisher’s concern?
Like any self-centered “Christian” such publishers do not want to suffer the consequence of an import tax on their printed Bible.
Never mind these “Christian” publishers print in their Bible that…
- “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. (Luke 16:13-14)
Jesus flat-out stated “You cannot serve God and money.”
It is always one or the other – God or money.
Hate money and love God, or, love money and hate God.
There is no middle ground and it is easy to see where Bible Publishers stand.
Nothing much has changed since the days Jesus walked the earth. The religious leaders are still sneering at the very idea of “hating” and “despising” the dollar.
These Bible publishers have caused President Xi to view Christianity as contemptuous and worthy of heavier persecution.
China’s President Xi surely appreciates Capitalist Christianity’s empty ethics as it helps fund China’s world-wide ambitions to conquer land and people.
No wonder Jesus over-turned tables in the temple because it had become a mere marketplace.
- In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” (John 2:14-16)
Opinion Unto Righteousness
The parent company of the two largest Bible publishers in the United States has warned the Trump administration that proposed tariffs on China would amount to a “Bible tax.”
Trump’s proposed tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese-made products would affect books and other printed materials, according to Bloomberg. That includes Bibles, which are overwhelmingly printed in China because of the specialized technology and skills they require to produce.
“We believe the Administration was unaware of the potential negative impact these proposed tariffs would have on the publishing industry generally, and that it never intended to impose a ‘Bible Tax’ on consumers and religious organizations,” said Mark Schoenwald, president of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, in a written statement.
“However, if printed books, including Bibles are not removed from the fourth list of products from China to be subject to tariffs and the tariffs go into effect, publishers will reduce investment in their businesses, consumers and religious organizations will face higher prices, and churches, schools, ministries, and non-profit organizations will have fewer resources to educate others and connect them with the Holy Bible.”
HarperCollins owns both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, two of the largest Bible producers in the U.S.
Schoenwald testified to a panel of officials at the U.S. International Trade Commission earlier this week during a hearing on the proposed tariffs.
He was joined by Stan Jantz, president and CEO of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers
Brian Murray is President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers. Since being appointed CEO in 2008, HarperCollins has grown its revenues 50% and expanded its global footprint from operating only in English language territories to publishing in 16 languages and across 24 countries. Growth has come from organic investment in authors, imprints and new capabilities as well as acquisitions, including that of publishers Thomas Nelson and Harlequin.
Under Murray’s leadership, HarperCollins has transitioned from a traditional print publishing company to a dynamic print and digital publisher with more than $350M in digital revenues derived from new and innovative business models. The company’s strategic partnerships and strong relationships with booksellers and distributors of all sizes, new start-ups and large tech platforms have been instrumental in HarperCollins’ transformation.
Murray joined HarperCollins in 1997 and held several positions in the U.S. General Books Group until he was named Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand in 2001. In 2004, he returned to the United States as Group President.
Murray is past chair of the Association of American Publishers and currently serves on the board. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the International Publishers Association, where he was actively involved in activities that protect authors’ copyrights and freedom of expression. “Whatever one thinks about trade policy, the Bible should never have been a subject of this sort of taxation. As Christians, we believe the Bible is the Word of God, and is thus central to our lives and mission. With as many Bibles as are printed in China, the news that they will not be subject to such tariffs is welcomed news for LifeWay and other publishers of God’s holy Word. Even still, it is concerning that trade books and educational materials—also vital to the lives of Christians and churches—are still subject to a tariff. My hope is that this too will be addressed promptly.”
In addition, Ben Mandrell, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, commented: