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July 9, 2019

There are times when justice comes in strange ways. 

As a free trader I have voiced my concerns over tariffs.  Mindful of what China has done, and continues to do with currency manipulation and technological espionage, means there are policy moves which need to be taken to remedy justified concerns.  But trade wars are not the answer.

Needless to say evangelicals have salivated over Trump even though he has publicly demonstrated his worst character time and again.  Those types of people are not in favor on CP.  So this news makes for a bit of Karma that even those who play with snakes during services can not miss.

Religious publishers say Donald Trump’s most recent proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could result in a Bible shortage.

That’s because millions of Bibles — some estimates put it at 150 million or more — are printed in China each year. Critics of a proposed tariff say it would make the Bible more expensive for consumers and hurt the evangelism efforts of Christian organizations that give away Bibles as part of their ministry.

The two largest Bible publishers in the United States, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, are owned by HarperCollins, and they incur close to 75% of their Bible manufacturing expenses in China, Schoenwald said. Together, they command 38% of the American Bible market, he said.

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