Mock glue ad with Christ lands man in court

A self-described "militant atheist" in England was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment on Wednesday after leaving offensive religious material—including a spoof ad for "No More Nails" glue with a smiling Jesus stuck to the cross—in the prayer room of Liverpool's John Lennon airport. Harry Taylor, 59, also left a cartoon showing Islamic suicide bombers at the gates of paradise being told: "Stop, stop, we've run out of virgins!" Taylor argued that the images were satire and that people would be offended only if their faith was "weak." He also said his actions were a tribute to Lennon, an anti-religious icon. "The airport is named after John Lennon, and his views on religion were pretty much the same as mine," Taylor said. "I thought it was an insult to his memory to have a prayer room in the airport." Taylor didn't offer an opinion on Lennon's integrity following his endorsement of Citroen cars from the grave.

—Posted by Tim Nudd