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Religious satire is a form of satire targeted at religion and religious practices.

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Examples of religious satire and satirists

Bill Maher, satirist behind the film 'Religulous.

Criticism and censorship

Religious satire has been criticised by those who feel that sincerely held religious views should not be subject to ridicule[citation needed]. In some cases religious satire has been censored - for example, Molière's play Tartuffe was banned in 1664.

The film Life of Brian was initially banned in Ireland, Norway, some states of the USA, and some towns and councils of the United Kingdom.[1] In an interesting case of life mirroring art, activist groups who protested the film during its release bore striking similarities to some bands of religious zealots within the film itself.[2] Like much religious satire, the intent of the film has been misinterpreted and distorted by protesters. According to the Pythons, Life of Brian is not a critique of religion so much as an indictment of the hysteria and bureaucratic excess that often surrounds it.[3]

The issue of freedom of speech was hotly debated by the UK Parliament during the passing of the Religious Hatred Bill in January 2006. Critics of the original version of the Bill (such as comedian Rowan Atkinson) feared that satirists could be prosecuted, but an amendment by the House of Lords making it clear that this was not the case was passed - by just one vote.[citation needed]

In 2006, Rachel Bevilacqua, a member of the Church of the SubGenius, known as Rev. Magdalen in the SubGenius hierarchy, lost custody and contact with her son after a district court judge took offense at her participation in the Church's X-Day festival.

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References

  1. ^ Vicar supports Life of Brian ban
  2. ^ Dyke, C: Screening Scripture, pp. 238-240. Trinity Press International, 2002
  3. ^ "The Secret Life of Brian". 2007. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDCAJTrF1gg. 
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