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Angry Residents Return Jesus Tapes

May 13, 2000|Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Hundreds of videotapes about the life of Jesus that landed on the doorsteps of Palm Beach County residents are back in the mail, marked "return to sender."

Some residents, many of them Jewish, were so angry about the unsolicited mailing that they bundled bricks with the tapes to increase the return shipping charges, said Palm Beach County Rabbi Stephen Pinsky.

"We've never had as many people call or as many returns in the 22 years I've worked here," Cecile Sasso of the U.S. Postal Service in West Palm Beach said.

About 400,000 tapes were mailed to Palm Beach County residents during the week of Passover and Easter by the evangelical group Campus Crusade for Christ. The Orlando-based group spent $1.2 million on the project.

Clergy involved in the mailing said they didn't intend to offend.

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