Atheist given Asbo for leaflets mocking Jesus
An atheist who left leaflets mocking Jesus Christ, Islam and the Pope in an airport's prayer room has been given an Asbo.
Harry Taylor, 59, from Higher Broughton, Salford, left the anti-religious posters in prayer rooms at Liverpool John Lennon Airport in November and December 2008.
One of the posters Taylor left at the airport depicted a smiling crucified Christ next to an advert for a brand of "no nails" glue. In another, a cartoon depicted two Muslims holding a placard demanding equality with the caption: "Not for women or gays, obviously." A third poster showed Islamic suicide bombers at the gates of paradise being told: "Stop, stop, we've run out of virgins".
Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, has been left angry over the conviction.
"The six month sentence may have been suspended, but it is still totally out of proportion for what Mr Taylor did. The ** professional 'offence takers' **in religious communities will now feel that they have a strong weapon to use against anyone who is critical or disapproving of them. It is, in effect, a blasphemy law that covers all religions and is much more powerful than the one which was abolished two years ago."
The headline is rather misleading -- he wasn't arrested just for mocking Jesus but other faiths as well.
I love the line about professional offense-takers; I don't know about the UK but over here they are the atheists always looking for a cross they can demand be taken down (like the city seal of Los Cruces)or an AD or "year of our Lord" to be removed from official documents.
Qy; what is asbo?