Clubbing Jesus upsets bishops
It depicts a fat Jesus performing miracles in a nightclub, drinking Jack Daniels, and leaving with scantily clad women before being zapped up to heaven for a telling off from his Dad.
Father Eric de Beukelaer told AFP:
We have expressed our disapproval to the president of RTL’s administrative council Jacques Santer and the ethical advertising body, demanding the withdrawal of this publicity campaign.
Neither RTL nor the ethics panel have yet responded to the poor priest, causing him to mutter darkly about “legal measures”.
In a reference to the Motoons, he continued:
In the name of freedom of expression, [the Church] avoids attacking cartoonists, but advertising is different.
An advert for cheese or pate featuring gourmet priests or nuns is one thing, but to turn Jesus into a walking billboard, that crosses the line.
To see Jesus depicted as a good-for-nothing, backwards adolescent, that crosses the limits of respectability.
Miraculously, nobody has yet said they would never dare to treat Mohammed in this way. But don’t call the Vatican yet – it will happen!