There are many acts in the Bible which most people would considered immoral by contemporary standards if they were repeated today. These include religiously-motivated genocide, stoning non-virgin brides to death, burning some hookers alive, treating women as property, etc. If a person simply regards the Bible as a group of books written thousands of years ago and recording Jewish and Christian history, there is little likelihood that it will be declared hate literature. However, many Jews and Christians regard the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) to be the inerrant Word of God, written by authors that God has directly inspired , and containing injunctions which people should use to govern their behavior today. If people cite or quote passages from the Bible that promote discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality, etc., and if they advocate that this oppression should continue today, then some courts may define their effort as hate literature. If they do this in the workplace their actions may justify termination.
The television show The West Wing also made reference to the trait in Episode (entitled " Han "). The episode concludes with a visiting North Korean pianist teaching Bartlet , the President of the United States , the word while requesting asylum in the United States. Lamenting his choice to deny the musician asylum, the President realizes his own personal understanding of the esoteric concept; "There is no literal English translation. It's a state of mind. Of soul, really. A sadness. A sadness so deep no tears will come. And yet still there's hope."