INDIA: Sinful Irreverence?

The Anand Police Department has recently received complaints from Gujarat Christians. And no wonder.

The uproar is targeting a monthly Catholic community magazine for its inclusion of a small black and white image of Jesus Christ holding a beer can in one hand and a cigarette in the other. It is Pavan Hurday Doot’s own subscribers who are fueling this scandal.

Printed by the Gujarat Sahitya Prakash Society, publishers quickly apologized both publicly as well as on their website for any religious sentiments they may have hurt or offended. They claim that the image had been downloaded from the Internet in haste and had been unintentional. They maintain that they had not noticed the beer can or the cigarette. With an apology made, there’s not much more that the local authorities can do.  Except perhaps pray they don’t lose subscribers.

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