Take a look at the picture below and tell me if you find it so offensive you would expel a 17 year old school boy over it or threaten a University atheist group.
Well, that is exactly what happened to a 17 year old Welsh school student, Rhys Morgan when he posted the picture above as his Facebook profile picture for a week. His school’s headmaster called him into his office and asked him to remove it, when he initially refused to, he was threatened with expulsion. He is now being abused and osterized by the school community, even though he complied with the request just so he could stay in school.
Meanwhile, the University College of London’s Atheist, Secularist & Humanist Society (ASH) is being accused of bullying and harassment by the UCL Union when they put up a comic of Jesus & Mo on a noticeboard. Apparently poking mild fun of two belief systems is now considered an act of bullying. I’m all for respecting a person’s choice of religion, but when religion becomes a subject that you can not criticise to same extent as you would criticise say politics, then I get really pissed off. Making religion a subject you can not criticise severely limits a person’s right to freedom of expression.
Yesterday, the author of Jesus & Mo dedicated the comic below to everyone who is currently fighting against abuse and even death threats over exercising their rights to criticise religion.
It makes you wonder who is the more intolerant, those who criticise religion or those who believe in it.