> In article <VLOts.652241$Tf3.3...@fx12.am4>,
> Keith W <keithnosp...@demon.co.uk
>> SolomonW wrote:
>>> In a telephone interview Wednesday, Jones said the ruling ...."We
>>> can speak out here in America," Jones said. "That freedom means
>>> that we criticize government leadership, religion even at times.
>> Want to bet what his reaction would be if a bunch of
>> militant atheists made a film about Christ in the same
>> tenor as his about the Prophet ?
> The one thing we can be sure of is that he wouldn't be sentencing
> anybody to death.
Mainly because he didnt have the authority to do so, historically
Christian leaders have been more than willing to do so.
See Office of the Holy Inquisition
>> I recall the furore over The Life Of Brian . . .
>> In the USA it was the first ever film to get an R rating
>> and protests about the film came from the Catholics,
>> Lutherans and Orthodox jews.
> So how many people were sentenced to death over it?
There were a LOT of death threats made and the Pythons
were warned that the police couldnt protect them if they
made public appearances
Now fast forward to The Last Temptation of Christ
where Christians fire bombed a cinema in France
showing the movie and justified the act saying that they
were right in the eyes of god.
Major film distributors such as United Artists and General
Cinemas were blackmailed into boycotting the film and major
video distributors such as Blockbuster banned it. Local
city councils including Savannah, GA, New Orleans,
Oklahoma City, and Santa Ana, CA banned it from being shown.
The author of the story who was Greek was actually
excommunicated for writing it. Martin Scorsese had
to hire security guards 24/7 to protect him from the
followers of the 'gentle Jesus' who wanted to kill him.
Intolerance is hardly a Muslim monopoly. In fact both
Life of Brian and Last Temptation of Christ were
filmed in Muslim countries where Christ is regarded
as an important prophet.