Orthodox Patriarchs join condemnation of Israel TV - blasphemy
- Orthodox Patriarchs join condemnation of Israel TV "blasphemy"
Wednesday, 25th February 2009. 3:28pm
By: Nick Mackenzie.
A satirical TV show on the Israeli Channel 10 that poked fun at Christians has been condemned by Orthodox Patriarchs.
Patriarchs Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and all the East for Greek Orthodox, Ignatius Zakka I Iwas of Antioch and all the East for Syriac Orthodox and Gregory III Laham of Antioch and all the East for Greek Catholic have condemned the Israeli media for causing offence to Christian religious symbols, denouncing the offence of supreme religious values.
Their criticism follows a protest from the Vatican. Although the Israeli Government has also condemned the show, some observers say there is little they can do as the TV station is privately owned.
The broadcast that caused offence was a comedy show that was aiming at the Vatican after the re-admission to the Church of Bishop Williamson, who had apparently denied aspects of the Holocaust.
The spiritual leaders of churches and patriarchs in Damascus denounced in a statement the Israeli deliberate offence of Jesus Christ and Mary the Virgin, and called on Israel to put and end to "low behaviours which harm the feelings of Christians and the humanity as a whole."