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Blasphemy cases have increased sharply in Egypt. The pope's Twitter account in Latin has surpassed followers in Polish. A Japanese company is developing a sign language Bible.

Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is the managing editor of RNS.


  1. Todays RNS offering was not interesting (at least it was not interesting to me). It does reveal that other countries are run by crazies. Russia, Egypt re good places to avoid. Israel is religiously a lot like Utah: one only. Gay, lesbian, abortion are not meaningful. Church gunmen? Why not we have post office and schools and I suppose churches too. Roman Catholic, celibacy and sex deviance seems to be inescapable; it is perverted in the first place. SO nothing to discuss in midweek RNS .. dull news day.

  2. No Bible for the deaf? really, I first heard of a Bible for the deaf almost 30 years ago. Try going to and reading what you so doesn’t exist.

  3. Not interesting? Could it be not interesting because you would use the same force to foist your religion upon others that do not believe as you do? Before you answer that, take a good look at how the christian right has forced themselves on the people of America and how that has gotten worse Then tell me it it is not possible for , if not you, others, in your religion to do so?

  4. Deaf Missions,, has been in the process of creating an American Sign Language version of the Bible for many years. They have completed the entire New Testament, as well as much of the Old Testament, and the completed portions are already available on DVDs. (Note, this is not a PRINTED bible, but a SIGNED bible). They will eventually have the entire bible available on DVD for purchase. I have all of the currently available DVDs as reference since I interpret worship services for the Deaf in my area. The quality of this bible, entitled “The Bible, ASL Version”, is excellent.