Would someone please prick me with a virtual fork. A Gold Coast teen has been charged with offensive behaviour after police arrested him on Monday for wearing a T-shirt by metal band Cradle of Filth that reads ‘Jesus is a cunt’ and has a picture of a nun masturbating.
It doesn’t look very classy, but c’mon, this isn’t that town from Footloose. John Lithgow isn’t running QLD (Anna Bligh is… oh).
The Reverend Matt Hunt of the Helensvale Baptist Church said it was sad people spoke about the Lord in such a way.
“It’s fairly common language these days to express sadness, anger or hurt,” he said. “It’s a degrading word to use and Jesus is anything but that. It’s like calling white black.”
Mr Hunt said using the Lord’s name in vain was a serious sin.?
“When someone comes to the point of saying Jesus is the devil or Jesus is ‘expletive’, the Bible does say be very careful because you’re on thin ice.”
I’m waiting for Kevin Bacon to somersault through my office window.
Lawyer Bill Potts said the arrest highlighted the need for a Bill of Rights in Australia.
“If a person was wearing the shirt in a church or a religious rally where it was specifically intended to offend or cause disruption, then perhaps the prosecution might stand a chance.
“However, to criminalise juvenile or boorish messages is to bring the law into disrepute. The police are acting like the thought police and censors.”
I think the arrest also highlights the need for a bit of f’ing common sense. You mind your business, and I’ll mind mine.