This is important because in many countries people are persecuted or killed for criticizing the local dominant imaginary friend or its minions. It might be hard to believe, but Canada still has blasphemy laws on the books, although they aren’t really enforced.
Section 296 of the Criminal Code of Canada:
“Everyone who publishes a blasphemous libel is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”
“a blasphemous libel” is what exactly?
The release of The Life of Brian was the last time it was used here. While the charge against Monty Python was stayed, Sanal Edamaruku was charged in India for pointing out a local Weeping Jesus miracle was nothing more than leaky plumbing and capillary action in a cracked statue. He was forced to seek asylum in Europe.
Charlie Hebdo was slaughtered for publishing drawings similar to, if cruder, than the above. That painting was made before the hardliners took over Islam and got their panties in a twist over images of Mo. The PR Pope Frankie chimed in with victim blaming, calling the massacre an expected bloody nose. So fuck Frankie.