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Jersey Post 'sorry' over offensive bible remark

  • 9 September 2011
  • From the section Jersey
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Image caption An employee at Jersey Post refused to deliver a recording of St Mark's Gospel to Jersey homes

The chief executive of Jersey Post has apologised after the company refused to deliver recordings of the Bible paid for by church groups.

The Switch On Campaign was meant to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

When it came to deliver the CDs an employee at the post office classified them as offensive material and refused.

Kevin Keen from Jersey Post said the company had clearly made a "terrible mistake" in not delivering the CDs.

He said: "I cannot apologise enough, the first I knew we had refused to deliver this material was when a reporter called.

"I can tell you that if I had there would have been no doubt we would have been happy to deliver Mark's Gospel which is on the CD.

"I want to get hold of the organisers of Switch On to apologise personally, it is a terrible mistake."

'significant impact'

Church groups around the island united on the project, with the goal of delivering the recording of St Mark's Gospel to every house in the island.

The Reverend Liz Hunter from the St Helier Methodist Centre said the decision had a significant impact on the campaign.

She said: "We were disappointed because the impact of the whole project was somewhat lost.

"We soon found other ways around the problem and many of the parishes picked up on it and had been extremely helpful.

"It does mean the CD is going out in dribs and drabs across the island and that initial impact has been lost."

Jersey post said if any copies had not been delivered they would do so.

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