10/13/2006

Christians find Slayer "offensive"


BBC's South Asian section reports that EMI had to recall Christ Illusion after some Christians protested.

Joseph Dias, of Mumbai's Catholic Secular Forum, said the album was "offensive and in very bad taste".

Firstly, "Catholic Secular" is as oxymoronic as it can get. Second, if I were ever to meet Joseph Dias, I would tell him that I find the first Catholic Commandment in the bible "extremely offensive and in extremely bad taste". Here is how it reads:

  1. "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments."

You can read the remaining commandments here. I am quite convinced that our "secular" Joseph Dias will not even consider my proposition to censor the bible a sane one, let alone act on it. Getting back to the issue, I dont know if there was any political pressure to censor the album, but if there was, its plain pseudo-secularism at its best and the Hindu fundamentalist will be right to point it out :)

And what about the rights of people who want to buy and listen to the album ? Makes me think that westerners should be proud of themselves. They are lucky to live in a society where some stupid people (minority or otherwise) dont dictate what others should watch or buy or read or listen or do in their private lives.