Sunday, October 02, 2005

More on Double Standards, Part 2

Try to imagine this one with Mohammed and the nineteen 9/11 hijackers:

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish bookmaker Paddy Power was fending off the wrath of Christians in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Ireland on Friday over an advert depicting Jesus and the Apostles gambling at the Last Supper.

The billboard posters, on display in the Irish capital, adapt Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of the event to show Jesus with a stack of poker chips, Judas with 30 pieces of silver and other apostles clutching hands of cards.

"There's a place for fun and games," says the caption.

Father Micheal MacGreil, Jesuit priest at St Francis Xavier's Church in central Dublin, branded the advert "grossly inappropriate and vulgar."

"This is an insult to the religious sensitivities of a lot of people and should be withdrawn immediately," he told Reuters.

I didn't go out looking for all these examples; I came across them over the last 2 days when I was doing other web surfing. I am trying to make 2 points here: first, that it seems to be fair game to make fun of Christ and images central to His time on earth and secondly, ANY images or concepts making fun of Islam are strictly off limits.

I am not advocating making fun of Islam (or any other religion, for that matter). My point is that it seems to be too easy these days to take liberties with Christians, while grossly politically incorrect to poke fun at practitioners of Islam.

Draw your own conclusions.

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