Turkey fined the highly popular U.S. TV show “The Simpsons,” after a recent show mocked God, according to press reports.
The Supreme Council of Radio and Television, has fined Turkish private broadcaster CNBC-E, a total of 52,951 Turkish lira, or about $29,630 after airing an episode of the animated series "The Simpsons" in which God was shown to be under the command of the Devil.
The Supreme Council of Radio and Television said that the fine had been levied on CNBC-E for mocking God, encouraging young people to use violence to say that murders is God’s orders and encouraging them to start drinking alcohol.
"One of the characters is abusing religious beliefs to influence another person to murder, publicly burning the Bible in a scene, and God and the Devil are shown in human bodies," The Supreme Council of Radio and Television said.
In another scene, God is shown serving coffee to the Devil, which can be considered an insult to religious beliefs, the report said, explaining the reason for the fine.
The U.S. animated sitcom created by Matt Groening and Fox, is the longest-running comedy in the U.S. and animation program.