Well then. As long as it was just the stupid Catholics and not the Muslims. (Hat tip John S.)
Nice headline. And a Canadian connection.
A SOUTH Park cartoon episode showing a bleeding statue of Virgin Mary and deplored as offensive by Roman Catholics drew an audience six times bigger than normal when it aired in New Zealand, the broadcaster said yesterday.
Hundreds of protesters prayed round a statue of the Virgin Mary in the northern city of Auckland on Wednesday night as the TV network broadcast the comedy show. The episode had gained notoriety after airing previously in the United States.
The “Bloody Mary” episode dismayed Roman Catholics by showing a statue of Mary bleeding, taken to be a miracle and investigated by Pope Benedict XVI, who dismisses it as simply menstruation.
It drew strong protests in New Zealand after TV Works – a subsidiary of Canadian-owned Canwest International – confirmed that it would air the program on its C4 youth channel.
Canwest is the company that owns the Global TV network, as well as most of the newspapers in Canada including the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun and Province, and more.