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February 4 2006

I Hate To Say It, But…

Back on January 24th I warned you all that with even more victories by groups like the American Family Association, they were going to go after more TV shows and that this was far from over.

I don’t want to say “I told you so”, but … they did it again. This time it was for an episode of Will & Grace that hadn’t even filmed yet. In the upcoming episode, Brittany Spears would be guest-starring as the host of a religious cooking show called “Cruci-fixin’s”. Even though the episode had yet to go before the cameras, the AFA leaped into action, saying that the episode “demonstrates a deep of[sic] hostility toward followers of Christ.” (side note:I know I make typos in my blog all the time, but when sending out a press release, you MIGHT want to proof read it)They mainly back their position up with the fact that NBC is “fresh from giving us the anti-Christian The Book of Daniel“. Well, NBC has already given in and said the episode wasn’t even written and there will be no mentions of “Cruci-fixin’s”.

What did I say? What did I tell all of you? I told you that with each victory they would feel like they had more power, and sure enough, here we are now fighting with them over an episode that hadn’t even gone in to production yet. This is insanity! The part that killed me about their “reasoning” was ” NBC does not treat Jews, Muslims or other religions with such disrespect. Yet the network demonstrates a deep of hostility toward followers of Christ.” Excuse me? Did they never watch Seinfeld? Jews were constantly mocked! Have they not watched any military show, or heck, even The West Wing, that constantly portray Muslims as the bad guys? Nope, none of that matters, the only people being attacked are Christians.

I don’t want anyone to take this incorrectly, I have no problems with your common, everyday Christian leading a God-fearing life, more power to you. What I have a problem with is extremists. Wether they be extreme Christians or extreme football fans, every group out there has extremists, and I don’t like those folks. I also have a problem with the No Backbone Company (NBC) backing down twice now to the demands of these petty people. I am losing all respect for them as a company. It seems if you have 10 people following you, with enough free time on their hands to send emails, you can change the programming on a major network!

What I also don’t understand is that twice now they have attacked NBC over being “anti-Christian”, but yet I have not heard a peep of anyone going after Rescue Me on the FX Network. Did they miss the fact that the main character, Tommy, played by Dennis Leary, is an alcoholic, pill-popping fireman that talks with a Jesus character that walks around with a bloody crown-of-thorns on his head? Or that Mary Magdalene also appears to him and has seduced him while claiming to be the girlfriend of Jesus? All this tells me is that members of extremist Christian groups don’t get anything beyond basic cable, if they get it at all. Then you have to ask yourself, how did they go after the “Bloody Mary” episode of South Park? Their selection of targets make no sense.

I think Jack Kenny, creator of The Book Of Daniel, summed it up best in a recent interview:

“I think pretty soon we’re all going to have to be sitting in a room with these bigots and have to get their approval before a network will sign on to do anything,”

And the sad thing is, I think he is a 100% correct. If not NBC, then someone, will sit down with these people and go over their pilots with them so that they can avoid negative publicity after the fact. These people will end up filtering YOUR programming that is coming in to YOUR house and deciding YOU get to watch. Again, and I can not stress this enough, YOU have the ultimate power in the form of the remote control. If something offends you, turn the channel! Don’t let these people turn the channel for you!



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