Aussie radio host Kyle Sandilands has been sued by a Catholic man in the ACT over his controversial statements regarding the Virgin Mary.
During a segment in 2019, he opened up about his views on Jesus Christ's mum.
"I thought Mary was his [Jesus Christ's] girlfriend but apparently it was the mother," Sandilands said to his listeners.
"And the mother lied obviously and told everyone 'Nah I got pregnant by a magical ghost'. Bulls**t. Someone chock-a-blocked her behind the camel shed.
"You might believe everything that's written down 2,000 years ago to be absolutely accurate and good on you, you're dumb. Dumb as dog s**t."
He later apologised to the religious community for his ignorant statements.
"Sometimes you say things as a joke and it offends some people," he told reporters. "You don't realise until you've offended someone, then you hear about it, and you think 'oh f**k, that's pretty s**t'."
However two years later, a Catholic man has launched a lawsuit against the 50-year-old for religious discrimination.
According to the Daily Mail, Khalil Farah is the man behind the legal challenge and he's a member of the Maronite Catholic Church who lives in Canberra.
In the lawsuit, Mr Farah alleges Mr Sandilands made a 'number of derogatory, derisive and offensive comments directed at biblical miracles, the fidelity and honesty of the Virgin Mary and the intelligence and gullibility of people of the Christian faith'.
He's now seeking damages after he claims the shock jock's comments made him 'experience stress, tension, crying and humiliation'.
Credit: Kyle and Jackie O Show
While the complainant didn't listen to the broadcast live, he heard it later when someone sent the clip to him.
The 50-year-old radio host tried to get the case dismissed because it was launched in the ACT. He argued Canberra lawsuits shouldn't have jurisdiction over his Sydney show.
However, the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal disagreed and has allowed the case to go ahead.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority ruled last year that Kyle's comments about the Virgin Mary 'overstepped the mark'.
ACMA received nearly 200 complaints for the comments and chair Nerida O'Loughlin said: "Australians are generally tolerant of irreverent humour and critical discussion about religion.
"But they would not expect a host of a broadcast program to derisively criticise people's intelligence because of their religious beliefs.
"Mr Sandilands overstepped the mark in terms of the generally accepted standards of decency in this case."
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