Wednesday, December 05, 2007

British Jerry Springer Blasphemy Suit Fails

The High Court ruled on Wednesday that a Christian activist may not prosecute a BBC executive under blasphemy laws over the corporation's screening of "Jerry Springer - The Opera".

Based on U.S. television host Jerry Springer's brash talk show, the musical depicts Jesus being referred to as "a little bit gay" and features Eve attempting to fondle his genitals.

The British public broadcaster's decision to air the show in 2005 sparked demonstrations, a record number of complaints from viewers and a heated debate about whether freedom of expression was more important than religious sensitivities.

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