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Trading Porn for Bibles

June 19, 2010

Taking the concept of marketplace ministry to the nth degree, The Kotisatama Christian Bookshop in Helsinki invited people to trade their pornography for New Testaments.   The program actually counters an anti-Christian campaign inviting people to do the reverse: trade religious literature for pornography.

Two separate events, at which people will be able to exchange Bibles and pornographic magazines, will be arranged in Helsinki within a short time.

It is possible to exchange religious literature for a porn magazine at the first of these events, arranged next to the Three Smiths Statue by the Helsinki Freethinkers.

According to the Freethinkers, the intention behind the exchange event is to criticize the negative attitudes to sexuality of Christianity and Islam.

“We want to stir up debate about the rather inflamed relationship between religion and sexuality. Christianity and Islam are, in many respects, very strict about the open expression of sexuality. These religions are thought to represent something honorable and good without this understanding being questioned in the slightest. This is precisely why sexual minorities have been in dire straits for a long time,” says Tommi Paalanen of the Helsinki Freethinkers.

The religious literature collected by the Freethinkers will go to recycling.

As a counteraction to the Freethinkers’ campaign, the Kotisatama Christian Bookshop organised a porn magazine exchange campaign on Wednesday 9 June.

At the Christian Bookshop, located in the Sörnäinen region of Helsinki, Finland it is possible to exchange a pornographic
magazine for a copy of the New Testament. With its own event, the bookshop wants to promote the value of the 
moral instruction contained within the Bible.

Phil Groom at UK Christian Book Shop Blog, writes:
Porn. We all know how destructive its influence can be, how degrading it is for those unwillingly caught up in its production. But what can we do as Christian booksellers and retailers to help those whose lives and relationships are blighted by porn?

Phil goes on to suggest that this is true ‘mission on Main street.’  He then asks the obvious question:  Could we do the same, or do we have to wait for the ‘other side’ to initiate something?
Have you ever done or considering doing something like this in your store?
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