So… did that headline grab your attention? Did you do a double take? Maybe thought I worded it wrong for a second? I bet you never thought you’d see that one now, did you?
Take a good look at it, because this will be the only time you ever see it.
Now, in case you’re wondering why I’d put such a crazy headline up there, there’s a point I’m about to make. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the producers of “South Park” (and no, the Christians didn’t really declare a holy war or place a bounty on them… that’s the Muslims’ job), are tossing around a controversial new show idea that’s still in the works.
The new show, called “JC” (short for “Jesus Christ”), features Jesus in modern times, moving to New York City to “escape his father’s shadow”. God is portrayed as “a powerful but apathetic character who prefers playing video games more than talking to his son”.
Given Comedy Central’s past shots at Christianity in its programming, I can understand why the Christians are upset over this. You can see a few short clips of their programming on the “Citizens Against Religious Bigotry” website. Most of these clips I didn’t care for… even thought disgusting, though I did like the comedian’s “I’ll pray for you” bit at the beginning. I also liked the South Park clip where Jesus sliced the evil pope in half with a bladed boomerang, caught it, then posed and put his shades on. You rock, Jesus!
Then again, I remember the Christians raising Cain over “Harry Potter” and “The Wizard of Oz” too.
Petitions have been written, one which I received (and will not be signing… it’s not up to me to tell people what they can and cannot watch. I’m less disturbed by a station airing a controversial show then by a group demanding a show be banned). Calls have been made, boycotts threatened, protests are being planned. But can you guess what the Christians are not doing?
The answer is, they’re not threatening the lives, or even bodily harm, to anyone in connection with the new show; and good for the Christian groups for that.
That’s the difference between your average Christians, and your radical Muslims; While Christians may scream bloody murder about something they don’t like, they won’t actually murder anyone over it.
Your average Christian, unlike the Muslims, matured and adapted to the times as the years progressed. They understand that certain practices, like stoning a woman for adultery or burning someone at the stake for witchcraft are no longer acceptable in today’s times.
Muslims on the other hand, particularly radical ones, have not adapted so well.
Oh, and yes, yes, yes… there are a few nut jobs like Eric Rudolph, along with Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church out there, and of course we have those radical Christians like the “Army of God” that think it’s perfectly OK to pipe bomb clinics or gun down doctors who provide abortions, but those are few and far between, and they are typically condemned by the Christian community.
So, don’t fret too much about this new “JC” show. Besides, it’s more of an idea that doesn’t even have a script yet. There may be some hell raised over it, but no massacres are predicted in the near future.
Unless of course, Comedy Central grows a pair and they replace Jesus with Mohammed as the main character, and we all know that’s not gonna happen.
Comedy Central’s Long History of Defaming Christianity (video clips and letter to advertisers can be found here): Citizens Against Religious Bigotry website.
Coalition Forms to Oppose Comedy Central’s New Show ‘JC’: EWTN News.com, 06/02/2010
‘South Park’ Producers say Comedy Central Censored Episode after Threat from Radical Muslim Website: Scott Collins and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times, North Jersey.com, 04/23/2010
Westboro Baptist Church: Wikipedia
Eric Rudolph: Wikipedia
Army of God: Wikipedia