Freedom of (offensive) speech
Prize-winning British author Philip Pullman has attracted outrage with his book The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Naturally, for Pullman gives us a Mary who bears twins, one of whom is persuaded by a dark stranger to play the role of Judas so that a wealthy institutional church can be founded and sustained. All of which entertains and instructs in a way that befits his atheism, as reviewer Christopher Howse explains.
The nature of his tale does not detract from his defense of freedom of speech any more than family minister and street preacher Shawn Holes’ attack on homosexuality changes the free speech implications of his arrest in Scotland:
[H/T: Andrew Sullivan]
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