Turkish TV Fines 'The Simpsons' for Mocking G-d
The Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK) has fined Turkish private broadcaster CNBC-E a total of 52,951 Turkish Liras, approximately $29,630, for airing an episode of the animated sitcom "The Simpsons" in which G-d is shown to be under the command of the Devil, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
RTUK said the fine had been levied due to CNBC-E “making fun of G-d, encouraging the young people to exercise violence by showing the murders as G-d's orders and encouraging them to start drinking alcohol on New Year's Eve night.”
“One of the characters is abusing another one's religious belief to make him commit murders. The Bible is publicly burned in one scene and G-d and the Devil are shown in human bodies,” the RTUK report said, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
In another scene, G-d is shown serving coffee to the Devil, which can be considered an insult to religious beliefs, according to the report, explaining the reason for the fine.
The American animated sitcom, created by Matt Groening and aired on the Fox Broadcasting Company, is the longest-running U.S. sitcom and animated program.