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Was the Cat Crucified by Christians? Did Jesus marry a hooker? The point about free speech

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- Tom Winnifrith

I have been sent evidence which suggests that the picture of a cat being crucified in Ghana in fact shows not a group of Muslims but might in fact be a group of evangelical Christians. I am happy to accept that this may be the case or they could in fact just be a group of scumbags of no religion. I have amended the article accordingly. This rather reinforces my comment in my original piece that:

I loathe religious extremism and intolerance in all religions (perhaps one reason that I find it so hard to have any faith at all – it is not the quirky beliefs, just some of the believers who put me off).

I also loathe anyone who is cruel to cats. Full stop.

However, that is not to say that there is any doubt that extremist Moslems do hang gays, want to sweep the Jews into the Sea, shoot political prisoners for Eid etc. And as I noted in the article it would help for a greater understanding between different faiths if the vast majority of Moslems ( who are good folk) reacted by saying that this was all wrong rather than by suggesting that anyone who dares question their faith is bone headed Neanderthal.

On this matter I refer you to a report in today’s Daily Mail here which argues that there is proof that Jesus was not celibate but was in fact married to an ex prostitute, Mary Magdelene.

I am simply not interested in debating whether Jesus married a hooker or not. The point is that the Daily Mail is able to publish this piece without facing widespread protests, flag burning and its reporters across Europe being killed by angry mobs. I wonder what the reaction would be if it had suggested the same thing about a prophet behind a certain other religion?

This is not a debate about which religion is good or bad. I do not believe in any of them. It is about free speech and the ability of us all to discuss in a free and open manner both religious theory and also the actions of those who claim to act in the name of whichever prophet the follow.

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