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Following up from yesterday, this morning's best radio show award goes to Stewart Lee proclaiming the Devil gets the best tunes. Lee of course is co-creator of Jerry Springer: The Opera, and the show, available on Listen Again, has interviews with Andy Hamilton about [livejournal.com profile] oldharrysgame and a bit about the Faustian elements of the Charlie Daniels Band song Devil Went Down To Georgia (which is one of the most played MP3s on my phone). I commend it to you all as a damn good listen.

Unfortunately, Media Watch Watch is less positive about yesterdays court decision:
As it stands, the two judges concluded that the play could not be considered blasphemous “in context”, and as a whole was not and could not reasonably be regarded as aimed at, or an attack on, Christianity or what Christians held sacred. This leaves open the possibility that if some other work could be considered as being - in context - an attack on “Christianity or what Christians held sacred”, then its creators might still be prosecuted under this stupid law.
and Green's bunch of extremist lunatics are going to appeal--here's hoping the Lords really quashes this silly outdated law and tells Green to go get a life. Money quote from the loon himself?
I’m really sympathetic to the freedom of speech argument. But blasphemy is not a matter of free speech, it’s people going out of their way to offend almighty God.
I'm in favour of free speech, except when it's not convenient to me. Mr Green? That's not the point.

Ah well, in more lighthearted news, this map of the world's transit sytems is absolutely brilliant (via).

Date: 2007-12-06 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginasketch.livejournal.com
I heard part one with God last week. It had an OHG clip in too. Will listen when I get home.

Date: 2007-12-06 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missdiane.livejournal.com
I love that Newark, NJ is such a major stop on the World Transit System. Heh

Date: 2007-12-06 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wieselkind.livejournal.com
Ah I missed it, had to turn the radio off in an effort to concentrate on work. Will listen again though.

Date: 2007-12-06 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caramel-betty.livejournal.com
I'm really sympathetic to the freedom of speech argument. But blasphemy is not a matter of free speech, it’s people going out of their way to offend almighty God.
I'm in favour of free speech, except when it's not convenient to me. Mr Green? That's not the point.

Yeah, this one annoys me. Free speech means that people are allowed to be offensive. They can say hurtful things. There are, of course, limits to free speech - libel, defamation, official secrets, fire in a crowded theatre etc. But if people don't have the right to offend anyone they want for any reason they want, it's not free speech.

Of course, no-one is forcing (or should force) any particular theatre, newspaper, TV show etc. to carry a particular person's words or work (with a few exceptions for e.g. political broadcasts during elections). But people are allowed to be offensive.

Date: 2007-12-06 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Absolutely.

If Almighty God DOES exist, what's he going to care about what a few non-believers say? If he DOESN'T exist, why should I worry about offending somebody's imaginary friend?

Date: 2007-12-06 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caramel-betty.livejournal.com
If he DOESN'T exist, why should I worry about offending somebody's imaginary friend?

Because there will be plenty of dogs waiting for you in hell.

http://www.zephyr.org.uk/lj/antlers2.jpg (stolen from elsewhere, but I shoved it somewhere else to avoid leeching their bandwidth for my own ends)

Date: 2007-12-06 05:36 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-12-06 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thapunkprincess.livejournal.com
Nobody's really in favour of free speech, just varying degrees of it.

Date: 2007-12-06 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiredstars.livejournal.com
What if you don't go out of your way to offend almighty God, it's just second-nature to you?

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