For all Christians, Easter is an outbreak of joy, a celebration of the resurrection of the risen Lord, marking the full promise of a savior unfolding like a spring flower.
For ABC, it's just another night to sell sex.
During a Monday night broadcast of "Dancing With the Stars," ABC promoted its Easter Sunday lineup, starting with an inspirational episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." So far, so good. But that's where the good ended.
Then came the plug for a typical episode of "Desperate Housewives," with one catty middle-aged woman saying to another, "I'm this close to seducing my gardener." The other replies, "Been there, done that." And at promo's end, ABC showed another scene of the first woman -- fortysomething, surgically altered Nicolette Sheridan -- stripping off her blouse and skirt to reveal black lacy underthings as the announcer urged, "This Easter, take off your Sunday best, and turn on your favorite shows."
It speaks volumes that the ABC entertainment network groveled before the homosexual lobby when one of the actors on "Grey's Anatomy" uttered its unfavorite F-word about a gay cast-member -- in private, on the set -- spurring ABC to proclaim its utmost "respect" for "differences." But where's the sensitivity and "respect" from ABC when its on-air promos mock tens of millions of American Christians who see Easter as a holy day, the very day one should least advertise the usual saucy Sunday night bed-hopping Olympics?
Sadly, ABC's not alone. Take Comedy Central, always one of television's leading mockers of Christianity. During "South Park" on Wednesday, this network of the Viacom empire showed a promo for Sunday night's episode of "Reno 911." While the word Easter was not used, the Easter plot promised a baptism. "An officer with a dark past finally sees the light, and then some," proclaimed the announcer.
A sleazy woman comes to be baptized in the river in nothing but a sheer white robe, so when she gets wet, the screen is covered with black bars over her private areas. "Whoops-a-daisy," she says of her thinly disguised nudity. "I didn't know you had to bring underwear to a baptism." As she then shakes and shimmies in the see-through wet outfit, the announcer promises, "A revealing new 'Reno 911.'"
It's a televised version of the current fashion of mocking Christians and their celebrations for fun and profit. The newscasts just before Easter focused on a life-size, 200-pound chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus in his crucified pose displayed at the gallery of the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City.