Thursday, September 20, 2012

How to handle it when your faith is mocked

The 1979 Monty Python movie, The Life of Brian was the most spectacular ever attempt at religious satire in all of cultural history. It quite mercilessly mocked the life of Chirst right up to his death by crucifiction. It was deemed highly offensive by Christians and Jews. It was banned in several countries including Ireland. There were protests by Nuns, Priests, Rabbis and others, but nobody was killed and no buildings were burnt. There was however debate, lots and lots of debtae. The most famous of which occured on the BBC between Monty Python chatacters, Michael Palin , John Cleese and Christian journalist Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark Mervyn Stockwood . The debate, which I have posted below lasts for over an hour but if you have the time I would recommend you watch as much of it as possible. Obviously there are some people in the world today who could learn some lessons from such civilised dialogue as evidenced by the events of recent days. And can I just point out that the blashphemous movie The Life of Brian was made in where... wait for it .... Tunisia, a country that just this week has seen violent rioting in response to an anti Islamic movie made in California.


Anonymous said...

Fuck'in A

Anonymous said...

I think the fact that Christians and Jews feel no great sense of indignation when their religion is mocked is an indictment upon them.

My ONLY concern is that far too often the perpetrators of these heinous hate acts get off scott free, at least in this world!