There is one thing many predominantly Islamic countries despise more than anything else – the conscious or unconscious promotion of Jesus Christ or Christianity in their country. It’s basically a taboo to promote any other religion – especially Christianity in many of these Islamic countries.
And interestingly, this is exactly what the famous Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber appears to be doing with his new album “Purpose”, which has a cover promoting Christianity and Christ.
According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Bieber’s new album has been rejected in countries in the Middle East for two reasons – for promoting Christ and being too provocative.
When I first heard this news, I initially didn’t understand what these people’s deal was until I looked at Bieber’s “Purpose” album cover and instantly understood why it was banned in several Middle East countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and even Indonesia, which is technically not in the Middle East but a Muslim-majority country.
You don’t need to look twice at the album cover to notice that not only is it provocative but it is also promoting Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the song of God. It is provocative in the sense that Bieber is topless, and it promotes Christianity because of the giant cross tattoo in the middle of Bieber’s bare chest.
No Islamic country will tolerate this level of provocation. And this is the reason why the album has been rejected in these Islamic regions of the world.
According to TMZ, Bieber’s team is feverishly working on an alternate cover for Purpose in order to be able to sell the new album in these predominantly Muslim countries.
Purpose, which is Bieber’s fourth studio album, is scheduled to be released on November 13, 2015. “What Do You Mean?”, which is the lead single from the album became Bieber’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.