In a move sure to shock, the nihilistic thrash-metal band Slayer has offended religious people with its latest release, Christ Illusion. (Recall that the band's last album, God Hates Us All, was released on Sept. 11, 2001, and that the band's entire career has been a tough climb, marketing-wise.) A feisty Christian minority in India has forced the album out of stores in that country, and the band's label there has destroyed all remaining copies of it there, Reuters reports:
[The] country's small Christian community said the cover depicting Christ with amputated arms and a missing eye was insulting.
Christian groups said the album…did not only have an offensive image on its cover, but some of the songs such as "Skeleton Christ" and "Jihad" hurt the sensibilities of Christians and Muslims alike.
The story points out that Christians comprise only two percent of the huge subcontinent's population, but apparently they're more powerful than Wal-Mart when it comes to retail censorship in India. Scared yet?