Philosophy tutor and atheist Harry Taylor in court for leaving anti-religious cartoons in John Lennon airport
The telegraph is covering the news of “militant atheist” Harry Taylor who left leaflets mocking Jesus Christ, the Pope and the Koran in the prayer room of an international airport, and has now gone on trial charged with religious harassment.
The materials dumped by Harry Taylor at Liverpool’s John Lennon airport included “sexually abusive and sexually unpleasant cartoons”, a jury heard yesterday.
One image showed a smiling Christ on the cross next to an advert for a brand of “no nails” glue. In another, Islamic suicide bombers at the gates of paradise are told: ” Stop, stop, we’ve run out of virgins.”
A further cartoon showed two Muslims holding a placard demanding equality with the caption: “Not for women or gays, obviously.”
Mr Taylor, 59, a self-styled philosophy tutor, denied bearing a grudge against people of faith and said he was only trying to “convert” believers to atheism.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that he left the materials in John Lennon airport as a tribute to the former Beatle, whose most acclaimed solo work Imagine referenced “a world with no religion”.
He said: “The airport is named after John Lennon and his views on religion were pretty much the same as mine. I thought that it was an insult to his memory to have a prayer room in the airport.”
Now before I go any further, I want to make clear that I would probably find the material left by Harry Taylor a mix between humorous and distasteful, however, I do accept that I have a somewhat warped and deviant sense of humour.
This material was found by chaplain Nicky Lees and here is a snippet of her reaction as reported in the Liverpool Daily Post:-
She said: “I was insulted, deeply offended and I was alarmed. I was so concerned that I rang the duty manager and the airport police. I was alarmed other people could come in and see these items and also feel offended and affronted and I was responsible for the prayer room.”
So, this material so alarmed chaplain Nicky Lees, that she felt prompted to involve the airport police.
To be frank with you it is astounding that some Christians can muster the courage to leave their homes. Would you not have simply chucked the crap in the bin? OK, so the police did become involved, but is it not astonishing that they charged Harry Taylor with three counts of religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress under the Crime and Disorder Act?
Am I missing something perhaps?
MediaWatchWatch, probably have the sanest take on the whole matter.
There is some consolation for hyper-sensitive Christians however, as they are not alone:-
Muslims’ fury at ‘holy city’ boozer
A MUSLIM leader has blasted a pub for using the name of holy city Medina – branding it an insult to his religion.
The boozer in Dundee changed its name from Bar Rio to Medina Bar and Grill after a renovation.
But this has sparked outrage – as Saudi Arabian city Medina is the second-holiest site in Islam behind Mecca.
Medina is also a term used for a market or trading centre in north African cities.
But Mohammed Bashir Chohan, chairman of the Dundee Islamic Society, last night said: “People are upset about it because Medina is a holy city. It does hurt when somebody misuses the name, especially if they are going to sell liquor.”
Perhaps Muslims and Christians can band together to protect themselves from “alarm”, “outrage” and “offence”, oh hold on, they just did:-
Of course the irony is that maybe the library and council staff felt alarmed, offended and affronted at the poster advertising the Women’s World Day of Prayer