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Bible prank hits almost 3 million on YouTube as people think they are reading the Quran

David Kearns

Published 07/12/2015 | 19:13

One young woman who said the Bible had
One young woman who said the Bible had "mostly positive things in it" Credit: Dit Is Normaal (Youtube)

A Dutch comedy duo conducted a cheeky experiment to test prejudice against Islam in the Netherlands.

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YouTube comedians Sacha Harland and Alexander Spoor wrapped a Bible in a cover labelled ‘The Holy Quran’ and read passages to members of the public to gauge their reaction.

The prank generated some interesting results:

Topics included the role of women, homosexuality and obedience to God.

“Leviticus 20:13: If two men sleep with each other they will both have to be killed,” one passage read.

“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission," another one said.

Responses varied from shock to indignation.

“How could anyone believe in this? That's unbelievable to me," said one woman who identified as Christian.

"I think the Bible mostly has a lot of positive things in it," she added.

One man said: "I would think the Koran is more aggressive, especially with things like cutting off people's hands.”

“The Bible is a lot less harsh and a bit more peaceful," another man said.

Having been told of the ruse, one man admitted that the experiment had opened his eyes.

“It's all just prejudice really. I always try not to be prejudiced myself, but apparently I already am.

“It's just something you do unconsciously.”

The video was uploaded on Friday and has almost been viewed more than 3 million times.

“There is just a lot of media talking about how Islam is dangerous and the whole Paris thing did not help, and we knew if we conducted this experiment now, people would be more emotional about it,” the pair told news outlet RT..

“A lot of people have blamed us for being apologists for Islam, other people have blamed us for taking too many verses from the Old Testament, which we did, however the first quote which we read about females being submissive is from the New Testament,

“[But] we just wanted to make an eye-opening video and make a platform for discussion.”

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