The head of the BBC, Mark Thompson, has admitted that the broadcaster would never mock Mohammed like it mocks Jesus.
He justified the astonishing admission of religious bias by suggesting that mocking Mohammed might have the “emotional force” of “grotesque child pornography”.
But Jesus is fair game because, he said, Christianity has broad shoulders and fewer ties to ethnicity.What he really means, we must assume, is that you can mock Jesus all you like and while many people of differing ethnicity might feel upset and besmirched, they are unlikely to blow Mark Thompson up or cut his throat. Does he actually know anything about Islam? For his information it has no more specific ties with ethnicity than does Christianity and is mocking ethnicity really the worst thing one can do? Does he even realize how appallingly insulting and patronizing to Muslims that statement is?