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Pakistan bans texting of ‘Jesus’ and 1,600 other words

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 26, 2011 | 3:24 pm

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has told cell phone carriers that they need to block about 1,600 “offensive” words, including Jesus, Satan, nude and—these are exceptionally baffling—athlete’s foot, headlights and tampon.

There is concern that the censoring will bog down cell networks and impair the clarity of messages being transmitted. Christians also aren’t happy that Jesus’ name made it onto the banned list. Via Beliefnet:

John Shakir Nadeem, Secretary of the Pakistan Episcopal Conference’s Commission for Social Communications said his office would “do all it can to put pressure on the government to eliminate Christ’s name from the list of banned words. We understand the desire to protect the minds of young people by creating a list of obscene words. But why should Christ’s name be included?

“What makes it obscene? Banning it would be a violation of our right to evangelize and it hurts the feeling of Christians. If the ban is confirmed, it will constitute a dark moment in the country’s history; a further act of discrimination against Christians and a clear violation of the Pakistani Constitution. We hope the government will make the opportune amendments.”

According to the Huffington Post, a bunch more banned words can be read here.

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