Vicar supports Life of Brian ban

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Superjoint, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. A mayor's plan to end her town's ban on the 1979 Monty Python film Life of Brian are being opposed by the local vicar, who says it pokes fun at Jesus.
    \t \t
    Sue Jones-Davies, who played Brian's girlfriend in the movie, was amazed when she became mayor of Aberystwyth that it was still barred at the cinema.
    \t \t But Reverend Canon Stuart Bell said Christians he spoke to in Ceredigion were still against it being shown.

    \t \t The mayor declined to respond, but will still press for the ban to be lifted. \t \t
    \t \t \t \t Long before she donned her mayoral robes in Aberystwyth, Ms Jones-Davies played Brian's girlfriend in the cult movie. \t \t
    However, when it was released, critics accused the Python team of blasphemy with its story about a Jewish man who was mistaken for the messiah and then crucified. \t \t

    \t \t <table> \t \t <tbody><tr> \t \t <td width="5"> \t \t
    </td> \t \t <td class="fact"> \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \t If someone was going to make fun of my wife in a film then I would oppose that... making fun of Jesus Christ, whom I love more than my wife, in a film is going to offend me \t \t
    \t \t \t \t \t \t Reverend Stuart Bell \t \t

    \t \t </td> \t \t </tr> \t \t </tbody></table> \t \t
    \t \t Some religious groups picketed cinemas which screened the film, and it was banned from being shown in some towns and cities, including Aberystwyth.
    \t \t Nearly 30 years on, Mr Bell, vicar of the town's St Michael's Church, said the restriction should remain in place. \t \t
    "There's been no change in attitude or response to the film amongst the Christians who have spoken to me in Aberystwyth," he explained.
    "The film at its root is poking fun at Christ and we don't want that to happen. I don't think that the film should be shown. Why should the ban be removed?"
    \t \t Asked if he had ever seen the film, Mr Bell said he had "seen a small clip, that's all". \t \t
    \t \t He said: "If someone was going to make fun of my wife in a film then I would oppose that. \t \t

    \t \t \t "Making fun of Jesus Christ, whom I love more than my wife, in a film is going to offend me." \t \t Earlier this month, Ms Jones-Davies said: "I would like to think that any religion would have the generosity to see the film for what it is, which is a comedy."
    The movie has grown in popularity over the years, and usually appears at or near the top of lists of the greatest comedy films.

    It featured some iconic lines, most famously the verdict by Brian's mother on her son: "He's not the messiah - he's a very naughty boy".
    Ms Jones-Davies played a revolutionary called Judith Iscariot, and she had a nude scene with the film's hero, Brian, played by the late Graham Chapman.
    \t \t It is understood a committee of church leaders in Aberystwyth recommended a ban in 1979.

    Ceredigion council has the power to lift it, but a spokesman said earlier this month that no-one in the licensing department knew about the ban.
    \t \t But Michael Davies, the owner of Aberystwyth's Commodore Cinema, said he was sure it was still in place.
  2. oh man Life of Brian is a classic!! :hello:

    I can't believe anyone could be so myopic as to support a 30yr ban of it haha..
    How can these people even take themselves seriously?!!

    <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>
  3. I hate to give away the ending, but its good advice for the vicar.

    <object width="425" height="344">

    <embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></object>
  4. Greetings,

    "Vicar support Life of Brian ban".... to me, that statement should be undisputed evidence that Life of Brian should NEVER be banned.

    Monty Python struck an amazingly sarcastic blow with Life of Brian, and at the same time made a hilarious classic comedy film and a surprisingly deep social commentary on religion, faith, government and history.

    Life of Brian takes a backseat only to the Meaning of Life.

    Yours Truly,

Share This Page