The BBC has come out in defense of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after the Reverend Graeme Anderson, vicar of St. Mary's Church in Radcliffe-on-Trent, complained that the entertainer "trivialized, belittled and cheapened" Jesus Christ. Clarkson has a long history of rousing the ire of different groups, and Anderson specifically took issue with a segment in which Clarkson took the wheel of the KTM X-Bow. After hearing Clarkson's exclamations of "God almighty" and "Jesus wept," Anderson says he was both surprised and upset. The vicar has since vowed to never watch Top Gear again.

After petitioning both Clarkson and the BBC for an apology, the network responded by saying the speech is part of everyday language, and that while its program strives to portray society as it really is, it respects the "fundamental human right to exercise freedom of thought, conscience and religion."

Clarkson has remained uncharacteristically mute on the dustup.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean he got upset about harmless comments that, if anything, praises the very God this Vicar is trying to "protect". And not about Clarkson's funny comment about James May doing donuts: "It's like a Vicar playing football...naked!"
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go Clarkson go! Gotta love it, I personally enjoy the fact he annoys so many whiney groups like this, it actually adds to his appeal somehow, mostly because there's nothing he could say that would I would ever find offensive (except that he doesn't like my car).
      • 3 Years Ago
      They say every time Clarkson makes a comment about god or Jesus a angel's feathers get ruffled because he/she is ROFLing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I particularly enjoy the photo Autoblog always uses when showing anything about Clarkson. Pretty funny .... Like Mr. Vicer's comments.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just because someone takes offense to a comment does not mean that they're in the right. And the BBC is right - "God almighty" and "Jesus wept" are instances of everyday euphemisms in the UK.
      MTU 5.0
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one of the more mild things to come out of his mouth. I think they could have left this one alone.
      Stacy Poliatevska
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mr vicar...sorry but get over it!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you just tell the special interest groups to piss off, they loose their "power".
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope the good Vicar petitions all the TV shows and movies that blasphemes and is not singling out Top Gear.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Jeremy has insulted Christians, Jews, Muslims, German, Americans, the French, Italians, women. heavy people, Russians, well I'm sure I missed someone and I'm sure anyone left of the list and uninsulted will be once he gets around to it. And still I will watch him.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a Christian (not Catholic, Morm, other man made religions) and find these shows ALWAYS to be funny and entertaining. Those insecure no lifers can shut up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is an equal opportunity hater, which is why everyone loves him. The world needs more "shockingly honest" people like him
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