October 31, 2002
Laugh of the Day

From Opinion Journal's Best of the Web:

'Perhaps the Strongest Objections'
Last month we noted a dilemma for the politically correct: Muslims were objecting to the Terrence McNally play "Corpus Christi," which depicts Jesus Christ as a homosexual. How are multicultural folks supposed to react to this, since homosexuals and Muslims are both oppressed classes? Well, here's the Minneapolis Star Tribune's answer, in a story by Graydon Royce:
In London, a Muslim group called "The Defenders of the Messenger Jesus" issued a fatwa—or death sentence—on McNally. Indiana legislators sued unsuccessfully to stop a production at a state college. Religious groups routinely have staged boycotts.
Perhaps the strongest objections have come from the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights issued a statement in conjunction with the Indiana case, charging that McNally wrote the play as an attack on Christianity—purposefully to offend.
Of course! Why didn't we think of that? All you have to do is say that criticism from the Catholic League is a "stronger objection" than a death sentence from a Muslim group. And after all, those Muslims are always sentencing people to death anyway, so it's really not that big a deal.
posted on October 31, 2002 05:41 PM


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