（The original article is in Chinese and appears in the May 31, 2007 issue of Apple Daily.）
Anti-Bible means anti-authority
Is the complaint against the Bible an act to rescue the CUHK student newspaper (CUSP) or a challenge against the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (TELA) and the Obscene Articles Tribunal (OAT) for their ambiguous standards? Or is it an attack by the "anti-Christ" as stated by some Christians?
As one of the organizers of the campaign, I believe that people can associate all they want. Regardless of the motive of the campaign, if you have read "The Terrifying Bible" website in details, you would know that the accusation against the Bible is neither false nor based on fabricated evidence.
Of course, I am not saying that the complaint must hold true or others must agree with us. The more important issue is how government officials and the society view the complaint. Some thought about the society can be drawn from the reactions of people.
Challenges responded with scorn
Obviously, complaining the Bible forces those who judge CUSP into a dilemma. In terms of obscenity, the Bible is on par with CUSP. In terms of distribution, the Bible is accessible by everyone including children. We have Bible study on Sundays but not the equivalent for Dream of the Red Chamber or Jinpingmei (Chinese novels). On the other hand, the CUSP is much less distributed.
How are the TELA and the OAT reflecting their mentalities? Officials of the OAT, the deputy director of the TELA and even Joseph Wong Wing-ping (Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology) have dismissed our complaint with weak reasons. They have even avoided the issue of double-standard. Preoccupied with the opinion that there is nothing wrong with the Bible, they have not tried to analyze our complaint. Wong even called our complaint a "prank". Facing a dilemma created by double-standard, they and some "morale defenders" (such as Mr. Tsai from the Society for Truth and Light) refuses to acknowledge the issue. Perhaps they are over-confident with themselves or the authority they believe in.
They have chosen to downplay challenges with phrases such as "prank", "ignorant" and "laughable by the world".
Scorn is a convenient tool that replaces convincing reasons or logical reasoning. By saying "we act according to the moral standard" or "you are making fool of yourselves", they dismiss crisis with no effort. From them, we can see the egotism of those in charge. Since the colonial era, the Christian church has controlled significant resource in the society. This fact has helped building an atmosphere of blind appeal to authority.
Granted, causes of the atmosphere in a society should not be oversimplified. However, without doubt, the force of the Christian church is too strong in Hong Kong. Historically, many of the prominent people in the society are Christians, and the government loses its neutrality. Moreover, Christianity advocates salvation by faith alone and discourages having doubt. Separation of church and state receives little attention while the thought of fatherhood dominates. These have created the situation we have today.
Authority would cause deadlock
Interestingly, using marketing tactics, Christianity is able to affect even non-believers. I believe that not everyone who calls the complaint against Bible a joke are Christians. However, the situation is hard to change. The media calls those who complain against the Bible "anti-Christ". The wording is similar to that used by anti-communist leftist newspapers. How is the Christian church always right? This show its power to affect the society.
The church is not wrong in having the force it has. The complaint against Bible is not to criticize Christianity, but to crack a hole on the wall of authority, let those who are willing move forward. Authority only leads to deadlock. The Catholic church holds unquestionable authority in the Middle Age. This created numerous tragedy and prevented the society from improving, just like the Confucian school of thought was once used to prevent improvement within the ancient China. Marxism was meant to liberate people but was used as a tool for tyranny. The opinionated "Truth" tends to do the most harm.
Indeed, in Hong Kong nowadays, many view the Bible as the Truth. For example, The Media Evangelism Limited stated recently, "the Bible is not only an important religious literature, but also the word of God. It is the highest authority on religion and morale. Also, any narration in it regarding Science or historical events must be completely correct. They have even created movies about Ark of Noah that even some Christians look down upon. Such over-confidence in the "Truth" and oneself tends to cover the facts. The stronger their faith, the more baldfaced they are, and that is reflected in the ignorance of the double-standard of some Christians.
Legislation against religion-based discrimination needed
We have to criticize the over-confidence (of some people) that judges others as "anti-Christ". A religion can believe that it holds the Truth, but it shouldn't require non-believers to conform to it. Our complaint not only shows that we disagree with those who thinks that the Bible is the authority of morale, but also shows that the fact (of double-standard judgement being practised) cannot be hidden. Even if the society is not concerned about this incident, the Bible's content and the laughable judgement against CUSP still show the hardness of the mind of some.
Complaining the Bible does not mean we are more knowledgeable than Christians, but this is irrelevant to the merit of the complaint. Even if there are many knowledgeable Christians, we still have the duty to oppose the unreasonable authority.
To counter the force of such authority, the solution is to support legislation of laws against discrimination based on religion. On the surface, the legislation would not be relevant to this incident. However, such legislation would be effective in stopping the dominance of a religion by weakening its influence and therefore its power. It seems not doable as the government is full of Christians. However, all big changes have their starting points. Let's share this word of encouragement with those who have had enough with the authority.