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Bibles banned at Eurovision Song Contest May 3, 2018

Posted by P, J, or J in Uncategorized.


There is rather a long list of things you can’t take with you should you wish to be part of the live audience at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon. As a member of the audience you are not allowed to take in your own ladder, megaphone, or adhesive tape. You also cannot take in “any material that has any connotation of: political and religious views, racism, xenophobia and discrimination.”

I doubt you will get your phone confiscated if you have a Bible app on it but I don’t know what will happen if you choose to wear a T-shirt with a scripture verse or reference on it.

I understand that the organisers are trying to prevent any trouble or distress but it’s a shame they aren’t able to discourage racism, xenophobia and “descrimination” without assuming that they need to ban any connotation of “political and religious views”.

Linguistic pedantry isn’t banned as is evidence from the absence of at least one comma, a misspelling, a possibly errant conjunction and may be evidenced in some of the lyrics. I hope that the best of “politics” will be present in the judging.


In terms of religion my personal view (I’m not planning on going) is that “religious” themes of love, justice, mercy, peace, harmony, and an occasional bit of existential angst and search for meaning, identity and validation, seem to come up quite a bit, and that God is a wonderful blend of liberal and conservative (without party politics) favouring freedom and grace alongside a very keen sense of truth and justice. He discriminates against no race and could rightly be called xenophilic – (see verse that starts “For God so loved the world…” and talks about Jesus not being sent to condemn.




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