There is an exhibition at St Marylebone Church of the work of 20 artists' representations of the Stations of the Cross. Throughout Lent, some of these have been approved by TfL to appear on the London Underground.
But not Antony Micallef's Kill Your Idol , a representation of the first station, where Jesus is condemned to death, this time by an X-Factor style panel of judges.
A spokesperson for TfL said the poster was rejected because it did not comply with the firm's advertising policy. She pointed to a clause that concerns causing widespread or serious offence to members of the public and another referring to
advertisements that do not comply with the law or incite someone to break the law.
It is the view of St Marylebone's Rector, the Reverend Canon Stephen Evans, that this work raises:
Important contemporary questions about the fickleness and shallowness of fame and celebrity, success and failure. About who has the power to say just who is going to be a 'hit' and who a 'miss'.
It is not an image that could cause offence, it's not obscene; it is just a very, very strange decision.
But of course the decision is nothing to do with nuances of offence. It's just that everybody knows that religion and satire simply do not mix, and anything coming anywhere close is simply best avoided for fear of either violence or else a station
load of moaning minnies. It seems that religion these days is not really very welcome in the normal world, it causes far too much trouble in the world.