Saturday, August 25, 2007

If Jesus Smoked Cigarettes, Did He Inhale?




Malaysia's government halted publication of a Tamil-language daily newspaper publication for a month as punishment for printing an image of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette. The newspaper caters to Malaysia's ethnic Indian minority. A spokesman said his office received the directive by fax from the Internal Security Ministry. "Of course we are shocked by this. My entire staff are all in tears. They will lose a month of income," Periasamy said. The newspaper plans to appeal the suspension.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi slammed the picture as hurtful and an insult to Christians. "If the Christians get to know about it, it will create problems," Abdullah said. ( Ethnic Indians comprise 10 percent of Malaysia's 26 million people, and are mostly Hindus with a sprinkling of Christians and Muslims; Chinese, who follow Christianity and Buddhism, 25 percent; Malay Muslims, 60 percent.)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

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I doubt Jesus was a smoker. But even if he was, bet he did not smoke in doors and offend others...

bob said...

To use Jesus to advertise is just ridiculous.

Bob

blond bombshell said...

Bob, wake up. Churches use Jesus to advertise every day of the week.

Shell

Joey said...

Seems like it is all about a political struggle more than a religious issue. Thanks for the ethnic statistics legal pub.

Anonymous said...

IT is hell that is smoking hot!

Ms. Calabaza said...

. . . why can't we all just get along?

Anonymous said...

Good story. Great AD!