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by | 11th, February 2004

‘COULD a French boy legally wear to school the T-shirt from Mel Gibson’s new biopic based on the last days of Jesus Christ’s life?

‘I love Catholics’

Chances are not, because, as the Independent says, the lower house of the French parliament has overwhelmingly voted to ban all obvious religious symbols from school.

But being a schoolboy and so an impish rapscallion, young Pierre could test the waters.

By way of defence, he could quote from the Telegraph, which has seen the movie of the best-selling New Testament books and notes how ‘for Christians, it is a challenge to re-examine the most problematic aspects of their faith’.

And even if M Professor is unimpressed, our young rule breaker can score points with his friends because, if the film is any guide, the T-shirt will be dripping with gore and blood, soaked in the excrement of torment and suffering.

Pierre might also like to try his luck with another religious-themed T-shirt, this one inspired by the latest outburst from that man of rhetoric, Ian Paisley.

‘I love Roman Catholics,’ the Times hears Dr Paisley say, the leader of the Democratic Unionist party declaring his view during an interview on an Irish current affairs TV programme.

He did then qualify his message with a quick ‘but I detest the system of the popery’.

But the slogan is now on record, and it cannot be long until T-shirt sellers on the Falls Road have a new No.1 to replace those old favourites: ‘I love the Pope, the Pope smokes dope’; ‘I

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