Wednesday, 23 July 2008

I didn't realise this was still going on...

Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.

Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly): rationalist.org.uk

I know Monty Python's Life of Brian was controversial back in the '70s, but I really did think that battle had been largely won, especially given the fact we've finally wiped blasphemy off our statute books.

So imagine my surprise when I learned that the mayor of Aberystwyth, Sue Jones-Davies, is currently trying to lift a ban on showing the film in her town's cinemas, 29 years after church leaders recommended one to the local council.

Jones-Davies does have a vested interest – she was in the film as Judith Iscariot – and she's facing some resistance from Reverend Stuart Bell, Rector of Aberystwyth's St Michael’s Church, who sees no reason for allowing local residents to watch Life of Brian: “If it was an unpleasant film 30 years ago, then it remains an unpleasant film 30 years later."

And the Reverend Bell has good grounds for disliking the film, as he explained to the local paper: “I have not seen the film, nor have I any wish to do so."

Of course, this is a good excuse for a clip from Life of Brian, so here you go –

1 comments:

Amberjack said...

Hell, who needs an excuse? :-) There's a nice piece on this here, with a photo of Ms J-D as she is today:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/7514423.stm