Greece Bans Book Depicting Jesus as a Pot Head

Austrian artist Gerhard Haderer the illustrator behind a comic that depicts Jesus as a laid-back, binge-drinking surfer who hangs out with Jimi Hendrix has been convicted of blasphemy in Greece and given a six month sentence in abstentia. Greek police have raided bookshops to seize copies of the comic book. While Greek Church spokesman Monsignor Epiphanios said, “It is not permissible to mock holy and sacred things,” adding, “Humour is out of place when it comes to such subjects.”
The slim, 40-page volume on Jesus’ life begins with the baby Jesus becoming addicted to the three wise men’s frankincense. After the first of many sniffs, a light forms around the baby’s head, which accompanies him for all his life. Throughout the book Jesus’ miracles happen by sheer luck rather than divine intervention. The illustrations show Jesus surfing, instead of walking on water, and have him appearing at the last supper with a bong.

A group of artists gathered in Vienna in March to draw attention to the ban of Haderer’s book. It’s the first book Greece has banned in more than 20 years. Haderer said he didn’t even know his book had been published in Greece until he received the court summons. He’ll be appearing in a Greek court in April to appeal.

When first published in his native Austria in spring 2002, Haderer’s book drew some controversy and protests from religious figures but wasn’t banned. Austria’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic bishop dubbed the comic, “a threat to democracy.” Catholic schools in Austria have announced a boycott against the book’s publishing house and even the Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schassel has publicly blasted the cartoons as “irreverent caricatures.”

The German newspaper “Die Welts” says, that “the question whether the New Testament can actually have a comic edition only stirs very orthodox Catholics, who’d like to issue a sort of Christian Fatwah on the artist.”

Commenting on the decision by the Greek authorities, Haderer said: “Now we have really gone back to the Middle Ages. It didn’t even get that far in Catholic Austria.” Haderer stressed: “My book is not an attack on religion or on believers. It is meant for believers to take a more light-hearted look at their faith and through humour become closer to God.”

The Life of Jesus has also been published in several countries including France, South Korea, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Germany, where Haderer is well known for his weekly illustrations in the news magazine Stern. The book, has sold more than 100,000 copies across Europe.

“It is unbelievable that a person can write a book in his home country and be condemned and threatened with imprisonment by another,” said Nikki Conrad, a human rights expert. “But he is not going to just sit back and accept this injustice”

He is prepared to take this to the European court of human rights. Meanwhile, the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN, the International Publishers’ Association and the International Booksellers Federation have sent an open letter to Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis expressing their dismay at Haderer’s sentence and at the banning of The Life of Jesus.

Comments

259 Comments

  1. Pingback: yLIDAR Drone

  2. Pingback: Hakukoneoptimointi Espoo

  3. Pingback: http://bit.ly/best-seo-service

  4. Pingback: Reiki

  5. Pingback: San Diego SEO

  6. Pingback: Search

  7. Pingback: avakin life hack apk

  8. Pingback: دانلود فیلم نهنگ عنبر

  9. Pingback: فیلم رگ خواب

  10. Pingback: metal funnel

  11. Pingback: consumerhealthdigest.com/female-enhancement-products/zenofem-libido-enhancer.html

  12. Pingback: consumerhealthdigest.com/eye-cream-reviews/eyevage.html

  13. Pingback: consumerhealthdigest.com/menopause-supplement-reviews/menoquil.html

  14. Pingback: WalmartOne Login

  15. Pingback: Oddsmonkey

  16. Pingback: Oddsmonkey

  17. Pingback: Oddsmonkey

  18. Pingback: Oddsmonkey

  19. Pingback: ΦΙΛΟΞΕΝΙΑ ΙΣΤΟΣΕΛΙΔΑΣ

  20. Pingback: Oddsmonkey

  21. Pingback: Fish Dory

  22. Pingback: دانلود رایگان فیلم نهنگ عنبر 2

  23. Pingback: Oddsmonkey

  24. Pingback: Oddsmonkey

  25. Pingback: Funny Kids Animation

  26. Pingback: exercise earbuds

  27. Pingback: USAA Bank

  28. Pingback: watch porn google

  29. Pingback: link98

  30. Pingback: لینکدونی

  31. Pingback: toy for kids

  32. Pingback: Deposit Gampang Judi Online

  33. Pingback: Bola Online Menyenangkan

  34. Pingback: click here

  35. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  36. Pingback: game free

  37. Pingback: game hack

  38. Pingback: porn movie

  39. Pingback: android porno videos

  40. Pingback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPJYH7LYunc

  41. Pingback: Dunk Shot!

  42. Pingback: missguided coupon code

  43. Pingback: child abuse and neglect

  44. Pingback: SCR888 Casino Malaysia

  45. Pingback: Stretchy car seat cover

  46. Pingback: real caller apk

  47. Pingback: نهنگ عنبر

  48. Pingback: baby shower gift ideas

  49. Pingback: Stroller canopy

  50. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد

  51. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  52. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  53. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  54. Pingback: google leaks

  55. Pingback: click terminal

  56. Pingback: Agen Bola

  57. Pingback: payday loans

  58. Pingback: learn colors with balls for children

  59. Pingback: cheap foamposites

  60. Pingback: MacBook Screen Repair

  61. Pingback: inspirational quotes

  62. Pingback: 10 Facts About USA Military

  63. Pingback: puppy patrol

  64. Pingback: Easiest Way To Make Money Without a Website

  65. Pingback: commercial air conditioning repair Upland

  66. Pingback: corynebacteriumdiphtheriae.com

  67. Pingback: VERDE BAGS

  68. Pingback: Self Storage Units and Facilities in Linden

  69. Pingback: Self Storage Units and Facilities in Station Square in Pompano Beach

  70. Pingback: unblocking

  71. Pingback: Self Storage Units and Facilities in Dixie Highway

  72. Pingback: Self Storage Units and Facilities in Kenner

  73. Pingback: what that

  74. Pingback: Bad Credit Remortgages

  75. Pingback: carte grise

  76. Pingback: anxiety

  77. Pingback: دانلود

  78. Pingback: Ultimate Epic battle Simulator

  79. Pingback: timestamp converter

  80. Pingback: download

  81. Pingback: download movie

  82. Pingback: Electric can opener

  83. Pingback: Test bank online

  84. Pingback: download

  85. Pingback: bowl

  86. Pingback: karajupvc

  87. Pingback: Web Design

  88. Pingback: real money casinos

  89. Pingback: Low cost Bathroom remodeling contractor San Bernardino CA

  90. Pingback: zumbido no ouvido e tontura é grave

  91. Pingback: Fuzjn 365

  92. Pingback: صيانه

  93. Pingback: Fuzjn 365

  94. Pingback: vlog editor

  95. Pingback: Online kasino malaysia

  96. Pingback: slimming pants

  97. Pingback: Hair Loss

  98. Pingback: Chi

  99. Pingback: Finger Family Song

  100. Pingback: garden bridges

  101. Pingback: organic silica

  102. Pingback: Coconut Water Processing Machine

  103. Pingback: قیمت پنجره

  104. Pingback: پنجره

  105. Pingback: clique aqui

  106. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  107. Pingback: Learn Colors with Songs

  108. Pingback: sewer repair

  109. Pingback: Seo Yakima

  110. Pingback: websites

  111. Pingback: window price

  112. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  113. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  114. Pingback: private proxy

  115. Pingback: walmart1 login

  116. Pingback: https://github.com/forbiddenplayxxx

  117. Pingback: agen domino qq 99

  118. Pingback: artificial flowers

  119. Pingback: walmartone login

  120. Pingback: Orlando best personal Trainers

  121. Pingback: go to this site

  122. Pingback: judi mesin slot

  123. Pingback: Mitch McConnell

  124. Pingback: Bottomslim

  125. Pingback: all on four pembroke pines

  126. Pingback: SEO Services London

  127. Pingback: drugs

  128. Pingback: IELTS in Karachi

  129. Pingback: instagram turbanli porn

  130. Pingback: IELTS exam in Karachi

  131. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  132. Pingback: IELTS in Karachi

  133. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  134. Pingback: https://trello.com/jorgedavidson1

  135. Pingback: اموزش ساخت پنجره دوجداره

  136. Pingback: پنجره

  137. Pingback: back to school

  138. Pingback: Thesis Writing

  139. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  140. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  141. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  142. Pingback: پنجره

  143. Pingback: nursery rhymes

  144. Pingback: авто-ключар

  145. Pingback: Spiderman

  146. Pingback: Cartoons

  147. Pingback: for kids

  148. Pingback: دانلود فیلم ایرانی

  149. Pingback: Double chambered

  150. Pingback: how to buy bitcoins

  151. Pingback: PPC Ireland

  152. Pingback: finger family

  153. Pingback: دانلود فیلم های روز

  154. Pingback: Pig Toys

  155. Pingback: Dubai safari

  156. Pingback: loan without guarantor

  157. Pingback: buy home

  158. Pingback: the best limos rental in Vancouver BC

  159. Pingback: funny song

  160. Pingback: loco lingo

  161. Pingback: g30 hybrid australia

  162. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  163. Pingback: TOYS FOR KIDS

  164. Pingback: شرکت تولیدی پنجره دوجداره ایرانی

  165. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  166. Pingback: فروش توری پنجره

  167. Pingback: قیمت پنجره دوجداره

  168. Pingback: آموزش ساخت پنجره دوجداره

  169. Pingback: پنجره ضد سرقت ترک

  170. Pingback: wrong eyes

  171. Pingback: diabetes

  172. Pingback: دانلود سریال عالجناب اول

  173. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  174. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  175. Pingback: 食品

  176. Pingback: دانلود قسمت دوم سریال عالیجناب

  177. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد قسمت 16

  178. Pingback: Automate Money Making Make Money Online

  179. Pingback: life insurance

  180. Pingback: دانلود سریال شهرزاد قسمت 16

  181. Pingback: dreams

  182. Pingback: kids cartoons before and after

  183. Pingback: free blazing

  184. Pingback: Car Meet

  185. Pingback: casino games

  186. Pingback: zobacz

  187. Pingback: Social Media Marketing

  188. Pingback: hack tool for clash royale

  189. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد 13

  190. Pingback: anime

  191. Pingback: cheap golf clubs

  192. Pingback: کول دانلول

  193. Pingback: Vigra master funciona

  194. Pingback: دانلود قسمت هشتم شهرزاد

  195. Pingback: coin-banks review

  196. Pingback: coin-banks cryptocurrency

  197. Pingback: bitcoin trading

  198. Pingback: coin-banks.com

  199. Pingback: thin led recessed light

  200. Pingback: پنجره

  201. Pingback: دانلود قسمت هفتم شهرزاد دوم

  202. Pingback: jake burgess east berlin ct

  203. Pingback: clash royale hack website

  204. Pingback: cheap jordans for sale

  205. Pingback: zynga poker chips for sale

  206. Pingback: Roof Repair Long Island

  207. Pingback: best hotel prices

  208. Pingback: sex

  209. Pingback: دانلود قسمت پنجم شهرزاد دوم

  210. Pingback: فروش توری پنجره دوجداره

  211. Pingback: پنجره

  212. Pingback: Acne Facial Treatments Lighthouse Point

  213. Pingback: Facial Spa Services Pembroke Park

  214. Pingback: Acne Facial Treatments Wilton Manors

  215. Pingback: Acne Facial Treatments Davie

  216. Pingback: فروش پنجره دو سه جداره

  217. Pingback: دانلود قسمت هفده عاشقانه

  218. Pingback: شرکت تولیدی پنجره دوجداره

  219. Pingback: دانلود فیلم سریال عاشقانه

  220. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره وین تک ویستابست

  221. Pingback: porno gratis

  222. Pingback: videos porno

  223. Pingback: porno gratis

  224. Pingback: porno

  225. Pingback: porno

  226. Pingback: porno

  227. Pingback: porno

  228. Pingback: Killings

  229. Pingback: videos porno

  230. Pingback: videos porno

  231. Pingback: medical college in India with 45% marks

  232. Pingback: porno

  233. Pingback: دانلود قسمت اول شهرزاد دوم

  234. Pingback: under armour sale australia

  235. Pingback: دانلود ققسمت 12 عاشقانه

  236. Pingback: دانلود قسمت سوم شهرزاد دوم

  237. Pingback: Hunde tshirts

  238. Pingback: Loyola College for Sale

  239. Pingback: دانلود قسمت دوازه عاشقانه

  240. Pingback: دانلود قسمت اول شهرزاد دوم

  241. Pingback: سریال عاشقانه

  242. Pingback: real money online casinos

  243. Pingback: lesbian porn xxx

  244. Pingback: Cherry Hilson

  245. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد قسمت هفتم فصل دوم

  246. Pingback: دانلود فصل دوم شهرزاد

  247. Pingback: Marley Brinx

  248. Pingback: Anna Bell Peaks

  249. Pingback: دانلود قسمت 13 عاشقانه

  250. Pingback: دانلود قسمت ششم فصل دوم شهرزاد

  251. Pingback: دانلود قسمت دوازدهم عاشقانه

  252. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد قسمت نهم فصل دوم

  253. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد قسمت هفتم فصل دوم

  254. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد قسمت هشتم فصل دوم

  255. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد قسمت دوازدهم فصل دوم

  256. Pingback: دانلود قسمت هشتم شهرزاد دوم

  257. Pingback: drinking alcohol

  258. Pingback: دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2 دوم 2aaadffdsvc

  259. Pingback: xmt85c4wx5ctwxw3tcerthve56