BBC – Life of Brian

The London Independent poses an interesting question. The BBC is dramatising the furore that accompanied the 1979 production of Monty Python’s Life of Brian which was banned in Ireland and Norway and was widely found offensive. Why does the BBC not make a film about the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie in 1979 over the Satanic Verses, a death sentence that remains in place even now. Or even a drama about the Danish cartoons about Mohammed which provoked worldwide protest or about the van Gogh murder in Holland.

It is interesting that it appears safe to lampoon Christianity only these days. I do’nt believe that any major religion should be offensively mocked. The problem is that often, the definition of mocking is at a very low threshold by the zealots.