Should the Bible Be Banned

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"Should The Bible Be Banned"
Single by McCarthy
B-side St. Francis Amongst The Mortals
We Are All Bourgeois Now
Released April 1988
Format 12" vinyl
Genre Indie pop
Label September Records
Writer(s) Malcolm Eden, Tim Gane
McCarthy singles chronology
"This Nelson Rockefeller"
"Should The Bible Be Banned"
"Keep An Open Mind Or Else"

"Should The Bible Be Banned" was the sixth single by McCarthy. Like many of the band's singles it did not appear on any of the band's studio albums.

The b-sides were "St. Francis Amongst The Mortals" and "We Are All Bourgeois Now". The latter was covered by Manic Street Preachers on their album Know Your Enemy.

The title track recounts how someone is inspired to kill his brother by reading the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible. The song's aim is to reduce to absurdity calls to ban books and films following well-publicised acts of violence.[1]


  1. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (20 December 2007). "Readers recommend ... Biblical songs". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2012.