The Vatican has lodged a formal complaint with the Israeli government over a TV programme that “ridiculed and blasphemed” Jesus and Mary. I think this is not wise. I guess that the Vatican has done this in order to divert attention from its own maverick anti-Semite bishop Williamson, who gets so much bad press for the Roman Catholic Church these days. But in the context of the Middle East, I think the complaint of the Vatican is rather unhelpful.
We need more liberty to say what we like! We do not need censorship over religious opinions. If the Vatican tells Israel when statements about the Christian faith should not be made publish because they are seen as an insult by Christians, why then should Muslims not forbid Christians in the Arab World to say what they want?
Be consistent and fight for freedom of speech everywhere!
O yes, what did the Israeli program say? The host 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, a reference to the Vatican’s recent lifting of the excommunication of a bishop who denied 6 million Jews were killed during the Second World War. The rehabilitation sparked outrage among Jews.
The host, a well-known Israeli comedian Lior Shlein, also claimed that Mary became pregnant at 15 by a schoolmate and said that 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.”