The Handmaid's Tale

Why is the Bible kept locked up?

Chapter 15

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The Bible is kept locked up so the regime can interpret it in any way they please. They do not want people freely reading it as they could interpret it in a way that runs contrary to the state's interests.

"[The Bible] is an incendiary device: who knows what we'd make of it, if we ever got our hands on it?" (ch. 15).