Here's an artist that is always popular among Christians: Marilyn Manson. His latest video is full of religious references and it is, once again, very controversial. MM plays the role of a preacher in what seems to be either a baptism or a ritual sacrifice. As usual, a woman ends up dead (feminists are going to love it, too). I have nothing against MM, I think he's talented and intelligent - even though he misuses the great gifts God had blessed him with. I think we should pray for him, not hate him. Moreover, I am a firm believer in freedom of speech and I have nothing against humor and parody. Blasphemy is, however, a whole different matter and a line has to be drawn somewhere. MM knows his limits and most of the time he is not offensive but he does cross the line sometimes, e.g. tearing off the pages of a Bible in one of his concerts is intolerable. Here's another example: in one of the most controversial scenes of Stanley Kubrick's The Clockwork Orange, the protagonist is seen whipping Jesus Christ. When I first saw the movie many years ago, the scene left me indifferent (I was an atheist back then) but today I can't stand to watch it. And another one: in Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, some scenes remind us of the Marian apparitions but the reference is very ambiguous and not gratuitous at all. I didn't like the movie but that sequence in particular was not offensive. So, this is not just about MM, the real question is: how do you reconcile Christianity and freedom of speech? Should we ban controversial art works?