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‘How to Cook Christ’ Artist Tried for ‘Offending Religious Feelings’

‘How to Cook Christ’ Artist Tried for ‘Offending Religious Feelings’

 

Javier Krahe, a prominent Spanish artist, may face up to a year in prison after a Catholic legal group complained his short film, “How to Cook Christ,” violates a little known censorship law.

Reports the Independent:

Javier Krahe has been taken to court by a Catholic legal association, the Centro Juridico Tomas Moro, for “offending religious feelings” – a little-known offence. The Catholic association says the law has never before been applied in Spanish legal history.

Banned under Spain’s strict censorship laws in 1978, Krahe’s 54-second film was finally broadcast on television in 2004 as the backdrop to an interview with the artist.

Krahe’s film shows the audience, in a style much like a cookery program, how to take a figure of Jesus on the Cross, remove the nails from the figure’s hands, prepare for roasting in a dish, and then put the figure in the oven and “after three days inside, he comes out of the cooker by himself!” — a last, broad punchline.

You can watch the so-called offensive video below:

Two previous attempts by religious groups to have Krahe charged ended in failure. This latest attempt has gained traction however and Krahe, with a judge refusing to throw out the charge, was bailed for €192,000 pending trial.

Statements were heard on Monday. The trial, held in Madrid, is ongoing.

Krahe has said he will go into hiding in France if he is convicted, telling the BBC:

“They have not understood me,” he said outside the court about the charges he faced.

He added that he would focus on writing songs about girls in future, although he would not completely stop writing songs about the Church.

While this of itself may seem a trivial matter, this comes as other European countries including the UK have begun a debate over whether to retain “offensive speech” laws.

 

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3:32PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

People of religions can dish it out but they sure as hell cant take it...I've said worst about their little fairy tale. Remind me to watch my mouth in Spain. jeez

9:47AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Wind H.: Ever heard the phrase "Irony" or "Sarcasm"? I guess not, 'cause humor is not your thing, right?

9:45AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

In Sweden, there is an artist named Lars Vilks. He used a popular art form known as Roundabout-dogs, to attach an image of Muhammed on their faces. None of you can imagine what it lead to! Death threats, arson attacks and murder plots by representatives of the religion of peace. Several people are spending time in prison now for their plots and actual attacks on his life. Ambassadors from several islam countries have called on the Swedish Government to silence him, but have been met by the information that Sweden has a constitution that protects free speech, even if someone gets offended and that the Goverment isn't prosecutors. Vilks' art came after the famous Muhammed pictures, that were published in a Danish newspaper, lead to arson attacks of Scandinavian Embassies, boycotts of Scandinavian milk products and calls from mullahs and imams to kill all Scandinavians as retribution.
Xtians get offended by Krahe, muslims by Vilks, Jews, Hindus, Buddists by someone else. If a follower of any religion is so very sensitive for criticism, there's not much power in either the believers or the faith!

9:41AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

If GOP scams election in 2012, saying OMG will be an execution offence.

5:48AM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Poor stupid guy, he hasn't found anything else to make people talk about him ? So many who pretend to be artists are just making money on filth. An artist should be someone who makes us dream and enjoy life, and urges us to be better human beings. As far as he is concerned, it's a failure.

2:18PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Wasn't it Christ who said, take this bread for it is my flesh and drink this wine for it is my blood? Did he expect us to eat him raw?

2:15PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Alex L. I see if you like to throw the word "bully" around on just about any opinion that you don't agree with. Your comparisons are ridiculous, Christ, if he ever did exist, doesn't now so comparing a long dead person to someone who is living or to an abused animal just shows how much sense you are lacking.

7:44AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Once again, religion trumps a person rights....well at least if this was happening in the USA. Even though in the USA, religious orgs and churchs and schools are allowed the unConstituional ability to make everyone else pay for their doings, we do have the 1st amendment in the USA, and to take away one groups/persons freedom of speech, would take away all.....which is why something like this may not happen as often than in other countries. however, religion has the power still in the USA to get books bannedm teachers fired, laws that create second class citizens, museums to toss out "offensive" art, etc.... it usually is when they can prove tax payers money is being used, ironicaly, they use tax payers money to support their disagreement with the use of taxpayers money that supports freedom. in the long run, religion basically sucks and has been used to oppress more, kill more and abuse more people that anything else throughout history around the world.

11:50PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

What the devil should the Church care what some twisted artist says?? I don't even care to watch the video, much less give more sensationalism to a deranged point of view. Seriously.....the Church needs to concentrate on keeping their priests off little boys. They have much bigger fish to fry but the choose to bully some nobody. Ridiculous.

5:28AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Anthony H, more equality: "How to Burn Pagans on Camera for Being Idiots!!" And, if you did not make a stand in protest it would only further exemplify, not only your lost nature, but your cowardice as well. Your response made it clear that, aside from every relative point made by me, you did not get it, overall. You could further read Alex I's response ("I also can't help but feel that if this was done to the Talmud or the Koran, people here would be out for blood.") But, as evidenced, that would just be an additional waste of time to you – since no level of outward objectivity resides within. As far as my time, there will be no more wasted in responding to craven hypocrites who refuse to even slightly open doors.

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