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Anchoress
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posted 18 March 2005 02:34 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From IMDB:

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The British Christian fundamentalist groups Christian Institute and the Christian Voice have demanded a judicial review of the BBC's decision to air the controversial Jerry Springer: The Opera in January. The musical, which depicts a battle between Jesus and the devil over Springer's soul -- and which has enjoyed a long theatrical run -- includes dozens of uses of swear words in its lyrics, which are delivered by performers simulating operatic voices. The Christian Institute charged that the program breached the BBC's charter by presenting a "systematic denigration of Jesus Christ and the central tenets of the Christian faith" and said that its decision to take the matter to court was a reaction to the "most offensive and spiteful show ever broadcast by the BBC."

'Jerry Springer: The Opera' on IMDB

The 'JS:TO' official website

I'm pretty impressed that this thing exists. Anyone heard of it? But I'm not sure what 'simulating operatic voices' is.


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PereUbu
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posted 18 March 2005 03:34 AM      Profile for PereUbu     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, it sure beats having some ayatollah issue a death fatwah against the writer, now doesn't it?

And while we're on the subject:

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Behzti (Dishonour) written by the Sikh writer was closed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre after violent demonstrations against a rape scene in a Gurdwara. Subsequently, Bhatti went into hiding following receipt of death threats.

Bosses at the Birmingham Rep decided to abandon the three-week run of the show last week on safety grounds because faith leaders said they could not ensure there would not be a repeat of the violence.


India Express article


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The Vicious
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posted 18 March 2005 12:47 PM      Profile for The Vicious     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I propose all religionists be served a restraining order to keep them away from arts, sciences and everything they don't understand and therefore complain about.

I guess that means they would have to live a complete void.


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Contrarian
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posted 18 March 2005 01:19 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Vicious:
I propose all religionists be served a restraining order to keep them away from arts, sciences and everything they don't understand and therefore complain about.

Art like The Pieta, the Gothic cathedrals, the Sistine Chapel, statues of Buddha, Indra, David, etc., etc., and all that art that was produced for religious purposes or out of religious inspiration.
And of course monks like Gregor Mendel, Roger Bacon, Yixing and Alexander Mezenets should not be allowed to think about science.

Grow up, TV!


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Lena
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posted 19 March 2005 01:16 PM      Profile for Lena     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Vicious
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I propose all religionists be served a restraining order to keep them away from arts, sciences and everything they don't understand and therefore complain about.

You lack an appreciation of history. The Catholic Church was the impetus behind the explosion in arts, science and all things else..... especially from the medieval European period forward..... Copernicus who theorized heliocentricity was a Polish Catholic monk... for example....

Faith and reason work hand in hand...... although some religions have no or little apprecaition for that concept....


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skdadl
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posted 19 March 2005 01:23 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Faith and reason work hand in hand...... although some religions have no or little apprecaition for that concept ....

Oopsies. Not done around here. Judge not lest ye be judged, Lena.


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