The Vatican: All For Censorship

The game of religion

The game of religion

Apparently, we’re not allowed to come to your own conclusions about the Christian myths, church member or not.

The Vatican is upset about a TV show that aired in Israel that dared to mock a few goofy Christian stories (they should listen in on an atheist get together once).

In the program, the host farcically denied Christian traditions—that Mary was a virgin and that Jesus walked on water—saying he would do so as a “lesson” to Christians who deny the Holocaust.

The host is, of course, referring to a recent incident in which the Vatican lifted the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, a well known Holocaust denier. I do admit, this action from the Catholic Church did seem to be condone the denier position, though after the fact they did tell ask him to publicly apologize. Williamson is withholding his apology until he has a change to check some KKK web sites review the data. Keep in mind, Williamson wasn’t excommunicated for his holocaust denial, he was excommunicated for allowing himself to be ordained without pontifical mandate (shock and horror!).

But I digress. Back to the story at hand: The Vatican wants the Israeli government to censor the TV station for them.

The statement said the government quickly assured the Holy See that it would intervene to interrupt the transmission and get the broadcaster to publicly apologize. But it wasn’t immediately clear how the government could do so since Channel 10 is a private station and is not subject to government censorship, except in matters of security.

What they said in the show was actually quite funny, though. I wish I would have said it.

In the show, hosted by well-known Israeli comedian Lior Shlein, Mary is said to have become pregnant at 15, thanks to a schoolmate. It said Jesus could never have walked on water because “he was so fat he was ashamed to leave the house, let alone go to the Sea of Galilee with a bathing suit.”

To be fair, Pope Benedict XVI has been a bit snarky with the Jews since he took the papal position. I don’t think he’s standing on too high a moral ground. He can say the Jews are burning in hell but thaty can’t say Jesus was fat? Come on.

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