So, a brief recap: Catholics have their panties in a bunch again. Somebody made a sculpture of Jesus. Okay, that’s not so bad. But the sculpture was made out of chocolate. Okay, that’s…tasteless? But not that bad. So, what was so bad about the statue that it attracted the attention of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights? (As a side note, just remember that the League has very little to do with religious rights and just about nothing to do with civil rights.) Here’s what was so bad: Chocolate Christ was missing the loin cloth. (BBC News: “Chocolate Jesus exhibit cancelled,” March 21, 2007.)
Elsewhere on the crossroads between religious fanaticism, oversensitivity, and censorship, here’s a nice little gem from the UK:
Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Governmentbacked study has revealed.
It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.
There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades – where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem – because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.
So, that makes sense. Take the one chance to instill something other than iman-endorsed lies into the minds of impressionable young children and just piss it away (“Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims,” by Laura Clark of the Daily Mail, 02-April-2007).