Not one character in "Asylum" is a hero. No one has a moral core. In the sixth episode, Monsignor Howard strangled a patient to death with a rosary -- after giving her last rites. In the seventh show, demonic Sister Mary Eunice slit a man's throat with a piece of a shattered mirror. Sister Jude was shown slashing her own wrists -- but that turned out to be yet another fantasy sequence. In the ninth episode, Sister Mary Eunice raped the monsignor, taking his virginity. All these consecrated characters eventually end up dead by murder, suicide or happily welcoming the "angel of death."
Perhaps the ugliest hour was "Unholy Night," the Christmas-themed episode on Dec. 5. Murphy explained that "American Horror Story" and Christmas don't go together, so he created a "homicidal Santa" character. This "Santa" was then thrown into the asylum, where he propositioned a fellow inmate: "What do you say we blow this Popsicle stand? Go savage a few elves and suck on each other?" When he was released from his chains, "Santa" threatened the nun in charge with rape, pledging to fulfill his fantasies and "jam this gigantic crucifix" up her rear end.
This is the kind of reception this hate-crime of a series gets from TV critics, if you can call them that. Matt Fowler of the IGN website for video gamers called the Santa episode "just good, sick fun," adding, "It seems a bit slight to call this episode a fun romp, seeing as how bloody and unhinged it was, but watching McShane (Santa) chew up the set and slash at people with glass tree-toppers was just gruesome enough to make me giddy."
Advertisers never stayed away. Lots of R-rated movies and M-rated video games were promoted to this audience. But advertisers also included Taco Bell, Subway, Burger King and the movies "Lincoln," "Frankenweenie" and "Wreck-It Ralph."
The most ridiculously out-of-place advertiser? ChristianMingle.com. It recalls the Bible verse, "Jesus wept."
In today's America, our leaders don't feed traditional Christians to the lions. Instead, our media elites persecute them by trashing everything they revere as the worst kind of terrifying, oppressive and hypocritical dung.
This is demented.
And it has been nominated for 17 Emmys.