Protest set for RTE over offensive God joke

A group describing themselves as Catholics from across the country are set to host a protest / prayer vigil this coming Saturday at RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, in what they describe as “an act of public reparation.”

The protest comes after the state-funded broadcaster apologised for the sketch, which, it acknowledged, had caused grave offence. RTÉ is understood to have received thousands of complaints. RTÉ has not, however, removed the sketch, which remains accessible on the RTÉ player.

Speaking to Gript, one of the protest organisers said “RTÉ have stooped to a new low in their latest attack on Catholics/Christians in Ireland.”

On New Year’s Eve, during the Countdown Show, a comedy sketch was shown, in which God was accused of raping the Virgin Mary.

This was a blasphemous attack not only on every Christian in Ireland but also on God and the Blessed Virgin. It was highly offensive, especially during the Holy Season of Christmas as Christians celebrate the birth of Christ.

A message which is being widely circulated on social media in an effort to get as many Christians as possible to attend reads as follows:

In defense of the Holy Name of God –   protest at RTÉ studio, Donnybrook, Jan 9th @ 2pm.

With the government stopping us from attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, what better way to make an act of public worship than to come with us out onto the street to defend the Holy Name of God. Let RTÉ know that their blasphemies do not just offend us but more importantly, that they offend God himself. On Saturday the 9th of January from 2pm – 4pm, we will assemble at RTÉ studio in Donnybrook to protest RTÉ’s blasphemous act and to make reparation to God whom we love.

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