Publishers: Trump’s China Tariffs Could Lead To A Bible Shortage

Have you heard the bad news?

Publishers are warning the Trump administration that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports would cause Bible prices to skyrocket and could significantly reduce how many Bibles can be both produced and sold in the United States.

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Best. News. Yet.

Thank you, Two Corinthians Cockholster!


Apparently “every cloud has a silver lining” can occasionally be true.


you would think that anybody that wants one should already have one.
they have been around forever. sheesh


I guess that’s one way to cut down on Fake News.


I would have said nothing good could come from donnie playing with tariffs. But if this is true, I’d be wrong. Fewer bibles and more reality is just what the world needs.

This would be a different story if everyone treated the bible as they do, say, the writings of old Willy S. But far too many believe it to be real - or say they believe it’s real in order to justify doing bad shit (like voting for donnie).

True in general, but you’re forgetting all of the right wing fundy ministers that need regular bible replacements for various reasons (a non-spouse lover spills sex lube on the bible; trying to light their crack pipe and instead accidentally burn their bible because they’re so damn high; lose their bible because they’re at a rave looking for Molly instead of at home praying to Mary; etc…).


He is forgiven by his supporters when his tariffs destroy soybean sales, but a tariff on bible imports turns his supporter’s apoplectic. What a screwy world. You would almost believe that the bible tariff is really bad news because it directly impacts a handful of evangelical leaders who are well connected to the media but soybean sales impact a more diffuse and less connected bunch of farmers.



They’ll never know the difference.


China Tariffs, Bible Shortage…

Just cannot wrap my mind over it… what part of the Bible cannot be produced in the US? What’s probably happening is that Pat Robertson or Richard Graham or some other merchant of the temple has a bible printing operation in China and he doesn’t want to pay tariffs.


You mean, that the Bible, the inerrant word of God is being published in China? It is being published in an atheistic, communist, totalitarian country. How do we know that the Chinese printers have not changed a few words? or lessons? or the acts of Jesus as described therein?

Can we really trust these Bibles to be as inerrant as its followers claim?


Ironically, this steers me ever so slightly toward a belief in a higher power.

Amen, Amen, I say to you, evangelical protestants: something something or other camel through the eye of a needle I am dying laughing.


White Jesus is getting pissed.


Sort of like pay to pray, isn’t it?


Haha excellent. I’d like this comment 100 times if possible. So true.


You wouldn’t be referring to the Falwell pool boy who was apparently banging Falwell’s wife or maybe Falwell himself?


If you cannot trust Huawai you cannot trust chinese printers. If you have acquired a Bible recently make sure there is no prophet or apostle called Mao.


Darn those unintended consequences! LOL


“A 25 percent tariff imposed on Bibles would cause a hardship for those ECPA publishers who depend on the Bible for a large portion of their business,” Jantz said.

Hey, selling the Word of God is a big commercial enterprise.

“Even more, the people who buy and read the Bible would potentially have to pay a much higher price, perhaps higher than they could justify.”

That must really suck to be that dependent on the Bible for your everything.


Trump said his favorite verse was the Old Testament’s “eye for an eye” teaching.

Why am I not surprised? We all know that Trump is not particularly tuned into the New Testament:

You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

— Jesus Christ, English Standard Version (Matthew 5:38–39)

Post hoc: Oooh, oooh, ooooh! I guess nobody told him this, either (from Wikipedia; my bolding):

The Qur’an mentions the “eye for an eye” concept as being ordained for the Children of Israel. The principle of Lex talionis in Islam is Qiṣāṣ (Arabic: قصاص) as mentioned in Qur’an, 2:178: “O you who have believed, prescribed for you is legal retribution ( Qisas ) for those murdered – the free for the free, the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But whoever overlooks from his brother anything, then there should be a suitable follow-up and payment to him with good conduct. This is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy. But whoever transgresses after that will have a painful punishment.” Muslim countries that use Islamic Sharia law, such as Iran or Saudi Arabia, apply the “eye for an eye” rule literally.

So does that mean that Trump supports the use of Sharia law?


Imagine the pain that is going to cause to the Gideons…