From The Tablet, outrage in Germany at MTV’s plans to show the Popetown cartoon series, which features Ruby Wax as the voice of the pontiff.
Alerted by full-page ads in several German TV magazines, the bishop’s conference and several leading Catholics have attacked MTV on various fronts. The Archbishop of Munich said:
It is obvious, in view of the recent uproar over the Danish Muhammad caricatures, that the time has come to treat people’s religious beliefs and symbols with greater sensitivity in public.
Quite the contrary, we’d have thought.
The archdioces of Munich has threatened legal proceedings, Jewish and Muslim groups have added their voices, and the Bavarian leader, Edmund Stoider, intends to try to change Germany’s blasphemy laws
in order to protect people’s religious feelings.
That should really be: “pwotect” people’s “weligious” feelings.
Meanwhile in the USA, a student newspaper is under fire from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The Insurgent, an independent publication based in Oregon University, published a series of Jesus cartoons which league president William Donohue described as “flagrantly anti-catholic” and “one of the most egregious examples of hate speech targeted at Christians”.
Look at this one – doesn’t it make you really hate those bastard Christians?
Other cartoons feature Jesus on the cross in various humorous poses, god with a hard-on touching Adam’s willy, and a full-colour picture of Jesus and another guy snogging.
The entire issue is available here (PDF download).
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