(ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon
'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E for having broadcast an episode of the cartoon in which ''God is mocked''.
In the episode, God goes so far as to offer coffee to the devil. In the eyes of RTUK, this ''can be considered an insult'' of a blasphemous nature, and the cartoon was held to encourage young people ''to drink alcohol during New Year's celebrations in New York City''.
What's more, ''one of the characters insults the religious beliefs of another to induce him to commit murder'', ''the Bible is burnt in public'' and '' God and the devil are represented in human form''.
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