Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Moderate Christianity Watch

Here's some quality reading for anyone who thinks Muslims hold the patent on religious intolerance and opposition to free speech (and if you do think that, step away from the Andrew Sullivan...).
U.S. heavy metal band Slayer's latest album has been recalled from music stores across India after the country's small Christian community said the cover depicting Christ with amputated arms and a missing eye was insulting....

"We took strong exception to the album which is offensive and in very bad taste," said Joseph Dias of Mumbai's Catholic Secular Forum.
And here I thought Christian society was unbothered by offenses against the faith. Or does it make a difference which Christian society you're talking about? Could it be that a generalization about one Christian community might not apply at all to another Christian community? Is it possible that a society's "religious" expression may in fact be dependent on a host of social factors, many of which have nothing to do with religion at all?

Food for thought.
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