United Kingdom: A group of god-botherers with a history of wasting police time have threatened to bring a blasphemy case against the BBC for showing Jerry Springer: The Opera. The show parodies the well known American TV programme by featuring Biblical characters in the roles of the various losers who go on Jerry Springer—Mary is a single mother who feels that the father of her child has abandoned her, for example. But, this is too much for the extremists at Christian Voice, who seem to believe in a deity so pathetic that it cannot stand being a part of popular culture, and is too feeble to do anything about it.
Christian Voice national director Stephen Green said:
If Jerry Springer - The Opera isn't blasphemous then nothing in Britain is sacred.
He said the show was
much worse than he expected when he saw it and said it portrayed Jesus as a
coprophiliac sexual deviant. A coprophiliac is someone sexually aroused by faeces.
[Jesus] proclaims he is a bit gay, he has this shouting match with the devil - it's just foul-mouthed tirades against the devil and against his blessed mother, Mr Green said.
The damage that must have done to impressionable young people is incalculable.
No mention was made of the amount of damage done to young people by sexually abusive Christian priests.
Before the show was broadcast, Christian Voice orchestrated a campaign to complain about it. They also published the private phone numbers of BBC employees on their website, resulting in threating calls, and held tiny demonstrations outside BBC buildings.
The organisation recently tried to bring a blasphemy charge against a production of Corpus Christi in St. Andrews, but Fife Constabulary decided not to waste their time with the case. Now, they plan to bring a private prosecution instead:
He said his group would meet lawyers this week to begin legal action, adding he did not ask the police to undertake a blasphemy investigation because
we don't have a great deal of confidence in the ability of the police to take any action.
Maybe the National Secular Society should orchestate complaints every time the God Channel broadcasts Pat Robertson's hate speech.
Group to act over Springer opera—BBC News, 10th January 2005; Jesus was a poof! Pthrrrrpppp!!!!!—Pagan Prattle, 10th December 2004. There is a Jerry Springer - the Opera web site, but I'm not going to link to it because they have deliberately broken it. Use Google.