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Bible reading on TV sparks call for end of religious public broadcasting

by Eno Adeogun

The verses from Paul's letter to the Ephesians were broadcast on radio and Flemish TV station VRT from a Catholic mass in the town of Grimbergen.

A lay reader quoted Ephesians 5 22-33: "Women, be submissive to your husband as the husband to the Lord. For the man is the head of the woman as Christ is the head of the church."

 

Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth, Media and Brussels, told newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: "The fact that they come from an old book is not an argument for letting them go to our people.

"This is not of this time, and that it is broadcast on the VRT for the whole of Flanders is already completely crazy."

VRT has welcomed debates but in a statement pointed out that the verse that had sparked controversy had been taken out of context.

A spokesman for the Dutch Bible society told the Telegraph: "The contested statement is preceded by a very different sentence, 'Accept each other's authority out of respect for Christ'.

"This indicates that this is a very different matter than legitimisation of the oppression of women by men."

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