March 29, 1995 in Nation/World

Group Tries To Halt Controversial Bible

Compiled From Wire Services

An anti-discrimination group is suing to block the release of a Bible that it says contains anti-Semitic passages.

The International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism Tuesday filed the suit after editors of the “Bible for Christian Communities” ignored a recall order issued by a Roman Catholic bishop earlier this month.

The International Catholic Bible Society said March 21 that it would continue publishing its Bible because the book was “neither anti-Jewish by the authors’ intentions, nor by the content.”

The Bible version is the work of Bernard Hurault, a missionary in Chile who intended it for the poor. Eighteen million copies have been distributed in South America.

According to the text, Jews killed Christ because they “were not able to control their fanaticism.” The book also characterized Jewish customs as “folkloric duties involving circumcision and hats.”

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