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Church commissioner says don't read the Bible

Yes, he did, in the person of Stuart Bell:

Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire) (Con): If these particular splendid words are to endure for ever, would it not be a very good idea to ensure that every child attending a Church of England school was given a copy, not of a green Bible, but of the King James Bible, to commemorate the anniversary?

Sir Stuart Bell: That is an interesting suggestion. May I divert the House briefly, Mr. Speaker? Mr. Randolph Churchill’s mouth could never be kept closed, so, during the war, to keep him quiet for a while, he was bet a couple of crates of brandy that he could not read the authorised version of the Bible from cover to cover. Even Randolph Churchill failed in that task; he lost his bet. I would be happy for schoolchildren to have a copy of the authorised version, but I would not recommend that they tried to read it from cover to cover.


I suspect Bell is right, and he merits a small round of applause for his fine anecdote.

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Blogger Philipa said... 12:58 pm

Oh my goodness.

You can't make it up can you?!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:28 pm

I'm tempted to try though.  



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