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J Mac's Avatar Comment 1 by J Mac

Are you fucking kidding me?! They banned the movie for "poking fun" at Jesus.

And what's the point of the ban. As far as I can tell it is to avoid the picketing. Picketing christians are disruptive to the town, showing the film makes them picket, therefore don't show the film? Well if the first two parts of that statement are true I'd say a better conclusion would be to lock up the christians who picket.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:44:00 UTC | #210823

nattyadams's Avatar Comment 2 by nattyadams

"Making fun of Jesus Christ, whom I love more than my wife, in a film is going to offend me."

His wife must be one lucky lady.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:49:00 UTC | #210824

J Mac's Avatar Comment 3 by J Mac

"If someone was going to make fun of my wife in a film then I would oppose that... making fun of Jesus Christ, whom I love more than my wife, in a film is going to offend me "

Not a wise statement by the vicar. If I were there there'd soon be a film making fun of his wife.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:49:00 UTC | #210826

J Mac's Avatar Comment 4 by J Mac

Maybe a porno flick titled "The vicar's wife and the reverend's canon"

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:51:00 UTC | #210828

Ishruul's Avatar Comment 5 by Ishruul

Always look on the bright side of life (whistle, whistle, whistle)...Just before you take your terminal breath!(whistle, whistle)

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:54:00 UTC | #210829

Jimbesity's Avatar Comment 6 by Jimbesity


Is that all these whiners can say? And yet I'm certain this vicar seemed befuddled at the outrage over the drawings of Mohammed... hypocrite =\

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:58:00 UTC | #210831

RichardofYork's Avatar Comment 7 by RichardofYork

Why doesnt the vicar practise what he preaches and turn the other cheek?

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:02:00 UTC | #210835

phil rimmer's Avatar Comment 8 by phil rimmer

Reverend Canon Stuart Bell

The film at its root is poking fun at Christ

Of course the film DOESN'T poke fun at Jesus. It pokes fun at precisely the likes of the wretched Reverend. He clearly hasn't seen it or understood it.....

Or perhaps he has.

"How should he fuck off, O Lord?"

Limping, from the gourd shoved up.......

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:04:00 UTC | #210838

David-in-Toronto's Avatar Comment 9 by David-in-Toronto

Still, they elected a mayor who appeared nude in a film. That's gotta count for something.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:05:00 UTC | #210840

Upgrade01A's Avatar Comment 10 by Upgrade01A

Somebody please make a movie making fun of my wife, or me, or my dog, or my daughter! That would be way cool. Zombie movies are making fun of Jesus too- are they banned? One of the core claims of Christians was that Jesus was a zombie and he could make other zombies when he felt like it.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:07:00 UTC | #210841

Ascaphus's Avatar Comment 11 by Ascaphus

I thought free speech was a good idea, until I realized that meant somebody might poke fun at somebody else... You have to draw the line somewhere.

I wonder how many times Ms. Jones-Davies has been the subject of an editorial cartoon.

That the whim of a vicar can dictate the actions of an entire town is ludicrous. What next, he wants to burn all copies of 'The God Delusion?' (If he takes this action, I am not responsible.)


Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:08:00 UTC | #210842

Gregg Townsend's Avatar Comment 12 by Gregg Townsend

8. Comment #222396 by phil rimmer

Limping, from the gourd shoved up...
Gourd? GOURD!?

Surely it was the sandal!?


Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:18:00 UTC | #210851

b0ltzm0n's Avatar Comment 14 by b0ltzm0n

We should pool our money and put up a billboard right across from St Michael's Church. Solid black background with big, bold, white letters reading:

Blasphemy: It's a victimless crime.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:20:00 UTC | #210855

Jay Cee's Avatar Comment 13 by Jay Cee

This is why religion is immoral. It makes people say stupid things like "I love jesus more than my wife". He should be ashamed of a statement like that.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:20:00 UTC | #210854

Clappers's Avatar Comment 15 by Clappers

My favourite film of all time

"I'm Brian and so's my wife"
"Blessed are the Greek"
"thanks a lot for the gold and frankinscence but don't worry about themyrr next time"
Blessed are the big noses

I am gonna watch it again

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:21:00 UTC | #210856

Friend Giskard's Avatar Comment 16 by Friend Giskard

...Jesus Christ, whom I love more than my wife...

He loves his imaginary friend more than his wife, and presumably more than any other human being. This quite shocking statement reminds us again is why religion is so dangerous, and why it needs to be opposed by all thinking people. Thankyou, Richard, for the the good work you are doing to that end.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:24:00 UTC | #210863

phil rimmer's Avatar Comment 17 by phil rimmer

Comment #222409 by Gregg Townsend

Surely it was the sandal!?

Nah! For once this is an issue not of belief but of REASON.

Girth = Pain

I win.... don't I?

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:26:00 UTC | #210867

Drool's Avatar Comment 19 by Drool

This is just stark raving bonkers but, good to see the reverend making a fool out of himself and demonstrating the irrelevance of religion once more. Pile on the ridicule I say.

From, he also says:

"If it was an unpleasant film 30 years ago, then it remains an unpleasant film 30 years later. I have not seen the film, nor have I any wish to do so."


Good job blasphemy laws in the UK have finally been repealed, just in time to get the ban lifted.

Apparently, Life of Brian was also banned from theatres in Ireland for blasphemy (a ban which was only lifted after 8 years).

It was also banned in Norway for blasphemy. Sweden marketed the film as "The film that is so funny that it was banned in Norway!"

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:27:00 UTC | #210871

black wolf's Avatar Comment 18 by black wolf

Since when is 'puppet master' part of a vicar's job description?
Don't answer, that was rhetorical.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:27:00 UTC | #210869

8teist's Avatar Comment 20 by 8teist

If I could just repeat this from a previous post on another thread.

Haha, I guess she knows her place, so thats why he calls out ,oh jesus, when he shags her.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:30:00 UTC | #210872

Bertybob's Avatar Comment 22 by Bertybob

When originally released it was subjected to a blasphemy case which the Pythons won.

Local councils could license what was shown in local cinemas and so a Mary Whitehouse campaign was launced and some local councils would not grant the film a license (obviously some never have).

The vicar is totally wrong, it does not poke fun at Christ, it holds a mirror up to Christianity (and by implication all religion) and shows how ludicrous it is. Obviously some Christins don't like what they see in the mirror!!!

There is a documentary about it all at the time of the release.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:31:00 UTC | #210877

J Mac's Avatar Comment 21 by J Mac

I suppose its good to hear that America isn't the only country playing the role of alter boy for the priests to have their way with.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:31:00 UTC | #210875

Szymanowski's Avatar Comment 23 by Szymanowski

Vicar supports Life of Brian ban
So what? Lots of people might support it - what qualifications does a VICAR have which make his views worthy of publicity?

(I need no answer either...)

"Making fun of Jesus Christ, whom I love more than my wife, in a film is going to offend me."

He worries about being offended, but this fucktard doesn't worry about offending his wife, through publicly stating that he prefers the company of an imaginary friend.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:34:00 UTC | #210883

Bandit 19's Avatar Comment 24 by Bandit 19

Rev. Bell is surely the "Bicus Dicus' in Aberystwyth.

...sorry I just couldn't help myself

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:36:00 UTC | #210885

Apathy personified's Avatar Comment 25 by Apathy personified

"Making fun of Jesus Christ, whom I love more than my wife, in a film is going to offend me."

The vicar comes home late, again, his wife is waiting for him,
'Where have you been?'
', just around you know'
'You've been with that...that...that...Jesus again, haven't you?'
She breaks down in tears. The vicar says,
'I never meant to hurt you, but I love Jesus, he loves me, we are in love - it's probably best if i just go, i'll stay with him - i'm glad me and jesus can take our love into the open now'

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:42:00 UTC | #210894

Driver's Avatar Comment 26 by Driver

Vicar should always look on the bright side of life.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:44:00 UTC | #210898

Dinah's Avatar Comment 27 by Dinah

I was at university in Aberystwyth many years ago (please don't ask how many). It was a pretty dreary, grey place (grey buildings, grey shingle, grey sea, grey sky, grey rain) although the student population livened it up quite a bit. I don't remember it as being particularly religious, aside from representatives of the Christian Union trying to convert me and failing, and - ah yes - all the pubs being shut on Sundays, which I'm afraid most students then (and probably now) would consider more of a tragedy than a ban on the Life of Brian.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:45:00 UTC | #210899

Pattern Seeker's Avatar Comment 28 by Pattern Seeker

Bandit 19-

I believe it's "Biggus Dickus"

Brian: Look, you've got it all wrong! You don't need to follow me, you don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves! You're all individuals!

The Crowd (in unison): Yes! We're all individuals!

Brian: You're all different!

The Crowd (in unison): Yes, we are all different!

Man in Crowd: I'm not...

The Crowd: Shhh!

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:56:00 UTC | #210907

cerad's Avatar Comment 29 by cerad

Hah! Hah! It's not the United States that looks like a bunch of idiots this time.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:02:00 UTC | #210913

Ascaphus's Avatar Comment 30 by Ascaphus

About a month ago I tried to rent the movie here in town (La Grande Oregon) but Blockbuster (now the only game in town since they bought up the rest of the indie video stores) doesn't carry it. Outrageous. I may have to buy it and donate it to the local library. :)


Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:08:00 UTC | #210920