Brent Bozell

The words "war on Christmas" best match when the real Christmas-haters go on television during the Christmas season with the intent to ridicule Christianity to the core. Somehow, Bill O'Reilly can scowl at the ACLU and fuss at Boost Mobile, but Fox News can never say a cross word about Fox Entertainment, even if their Seth MacFarlane Sunday night cartoon bloc is a pagan's paradise.

On Dec. 13, the third Sunday of Advent, Fox's "American Dad" mocked the craziness of Christianity through its character named Roger, the gay space alien. (Yes, you read that right.) Stan Smith, ridiculed as the moronic conservative "American dad" of the show, yells at his wife for wearing a dress exposing her calves, which he says makes her look like a prostitute. He then praises Roger the Alien for wearing a "Little House on the Prairie" getup, complete with bonnet.

Roger is clearly speaking for this cartoon's atheist creator, MacFarlane, as he drips sarcasm: "Oh, I love your religion for the crazy. Virgin birth, water into wine. It's like Harry Potter -- but it causes genocide and bad folk music." When they arrive at their Episcopalian church, Roger continues the cutting remarks: "I hope I haven't missed the part where the three Chinese guys give perfume to the star baby. It's like the diaries of a madman."

But the plot gets weirder. The church is crowded, so ... Stan and his wife, Francine, have sex in a janitor's closet. When they return, most of the church people are ascending naked to Heaven in a Rapture scene. Stan blames his wife for causing him to miss it, and they split up. The wife then begins dating Jesus, who has returned to Earth and for some bizarre reason needs a girlfriend during the war of Armageddon. The rest of this asinine plot doesn't matter much, except that Jesus is once again cast on Fox as a very hapless, helpless, hopeless man.

As usual, Seth MacFarlane is writing vulgar, sexual and violent paint-by-number cartoons aimed squarely at boys aged about 12. This kind of war on Christmas should inspire more outrage and protests than the P.C. police making ads for The Gap.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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