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BBC’s Mark Thompson says less chance Christians will kill you for mocking them

by | 27th, February 2012

BBC director-general Mark Thompson (Catholic, since you ask) says in an interview for the Free Speech Debate, a research project at Oxford University, that Christianity gets satirised and mocked more than other religions because it is  “pretty broad shouldered “. He says other faiths have a “very close identity with ethnic minorities” .

“Without question, ‘I complain in the strongest possible terms”, is different from, ‘I complain in the strongest possible terms and I am loading my AK47 as I write’. This definitely raises the stakes.”

Adding:

“The point is that for a Muslim, a depiction, particularly a comic or demeaning depiction, of the Prophet Mohammed might have the emotional force of a piece of grotesque child pornography. One of the mistakes secularists make is not to understand the character of what blasphemy feels like to someone who is a realist in their religious belief.”

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