(Jersey) Post Refuses to Deliver ‘Offensive’ Bible CD

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: September 15, 2011

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



Postal workers in Jersey refused to deliver audio recordings of St Mark’s Gospel after deeming it “offensive material”. Several churches clubbed together to pay for 45,000 CDs to be produced to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. A copy of the recording was due to be delivered to every household on the Channel Island of Jersey. But church leaders were left reeling after Jersey Post claimed that the CDs could offend people and refused to deliver them.

Revd Liz Hunter of St Helier Methodist Centre said: “Initially Jersey Post seemed quite positive about helping us deliver the CDs. “But then a couple of weeks ago somebody from their marketing department phoned to say they would be unable to deliver them on the grounds that they could be deemed offensive. “They said there were guidelines about mass material that is sent out across the island and that religious recordings could offend people.”

However Kevin Keen, the Chief Executive of Jersey Post, said: “This decision was made on the basis of our terms and conditions which states that we have the right to refuse to distribute something that falls under the category of ‘promotional material which could cause offence’.
The Mark’s Gospel recordings are now being delivered by volunteers. Sources and further information:

http://www.christian.org.uk/news/jersey-post-refused-to-deliver-offensive-bible-cd/?e160911 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2035760/Postal-workers-refuse-deliver-Bible-recordings-CDs-offensive.html?printingPage=true

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-14847118