Kyle Sandilands Condemned For 'Mocking' The Virgin Mary On-Air
Christians and Muslims are demanding an apology from radio host Kyle Sandilands after he made "disgusting" comments about the Virgin Mary on-air.
Listeners reacted to part of a segment between KIIS FM's Sandilands and co-host Jackie-O Henderson that the radio station posted on its social media accounts on Thursday.
In it, Sandilands said he thought the Virgin Mary was "his (Jesus Christ's) girlfriend, but apparently it was the mother".
"And the mother lied, obviously, and told everyone, 'I got pregnant by a magical ghost'," he said, as Henderson is heard laughing.
"Bulls***! Someone chock-a-blocked her behind the camel shed."
"Well, it has never happened since, has it?" Henderson asked.
"No, not once! I don't mean to cast offence if you believe in what you believe. But, I think ... (it's) probably full of s***," Sandilands replied.
He again doubled down, saying those who "believe in everything as it's written down 2,000 years ago to be absolutely accurate" are "dumb as dog s***".
"But if they're your beliefs ..." one producer interjected.
"That's right, we respect that," Henderson said, before a final word from Sandilands: "If they're your beliefs, good on you".
The video has since been removed from KIIS FM's social media accounts, but not before it was picked up on other Facebook pages, including one called Christian Lives Matter.
Sydney man Charlie Bakhos, who is the page administrator, posted a video from Lebanon, telling Sandilands he offended many people.
"You offended Christians, Muslims, people of faith. You called the mother of our lord Jesus Christ names, you accused her of having sex ... you said some disgusting things," Bakhos said in the video, in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary.
"But nothing that we haven't heard before ... and nothing as bad as what they have done to us in the last 2,000 years.
"But let me tell you something, Kyle, you offended many people today and we're not going to let this go."
Bakhos said he would first sit down and pray for Sandilands, before "we bring the prayer to you".
Others on social media condemned the comments as "disgusting", "degrading" and "religious intolerance in its extreme".
One person on Facebook called Sandilands "just another angry man".
"People lash out at things they don't understand. I feel sorry for them," he said.
Another Twitter user called the segment "cheap and desperate entertainment".
"They'll call this freedom of speech but boundaries must be set where you don't mock any religion," the person said.
Several users demanded an apology from Sandilands, with some calling for him to be removed from the show and others hoping he "changes his ways".
Bakhos urged listeners to phone the KIIS FM studios to make their voice heard.
KISS FM has been contacted for comment.
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