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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Jehovah! Jehovah!

This is Stephen Green. He's a Christian fundamentalist campaigner, leader of the UK's 'Christian Voice' organization, and he's fucking mental. I can say this for two reasons. One, the UK basks in the safety of the freedom of speech laws whereby I can say pretty much anything I like, and two, he's fucking mental.

This is Dr Evan Harris, he is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, and has recently proposed that the UK's blasphemy laws be removed on the basis that there are many other laws that would protect groups of people and not just the Christian Church.

For example, Mr Green believes that portraying Jesus (a character in a novel written 2000 years ago) wearing a nappy is blasphemy and should result in a prison sentence or a public stoning, whereas naming a teddy bear Mohamed is fine because this Mohamed character isn't in the Bible.
In other words, Stephen Green wishes to take the UK back a couple of hundred years to the time when censorship was rife. His organization is attempting to take the BBC to court for showing 'Gerry Springer: The Musical' on the grounds that it's blasphemous, portraying Jesus, as I've said, in a nappy and sporting an erection, but surely if the Bible is true, and that Jesus was a real man, then surely he woke up one morning with a boner!

The blasphemy laws are ridiculous. There are plenty public order offences that offer pretty much the same protection to much more people.

I don't believe in God. I think anyone who does is misguided or weak-minded, but I certainly uphold your right to believe in whatever deity you want, but in no way should you be able to decide what I am allowed to read, watch, listen to, purely on the grounds that YOU may find it offensive. It's called the off button, and you're free to use it.

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