“The New York Times and Modern Blasphemy”
An article by Jonathan Zimmerman (Washington Monthly); here’s an excerpt:
In Monty Python’s classic 1979 satirical film about Jesus, Life of Brian, a man is stoned for saying a blasphemous word. One of his accusers says the word, too, and the crowd turns on him. Then an elderly authority declares that nobody should ever say the word, but of course he says it as well. And he gets stoned, too.
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