The double standard on the part of the network in its treatment of Mohammed versus Jesus smacks of anti-Christian bias. Maybe these folks really do loathe Christianity, maybe they don’t. More likely, they’re simply looking to make big bucks but they’re not willing to be victims of violence to do it.
Last week, a group of prominent media and religious leaders announced the formation of a coalition to lobby advertisers to stay away from “JC.” Citizens Against Religious Bigotry (CARB) hopes to convince corporate America that reaching the potential audience of such an objectionable show isn’t worth offending the vast majority of folks who believe it goes too far. CARB has written to some 250 corporations asking them to make a commitment that they will avoid Comedy Central’s latest foray into tastelessness.
“Christians, Jews and non-believers are saying, ‘Enough is enough,’” says Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center and a CARB founder. “There’s room for comedy when it comes to religion, but Comedy Central’s desire to mock and ridicule Jesus Christ and God goes beyond the pale.”
Syndicated radio host and CARB member Michael Medved, a longtime observer of all things Hollywood, says the network would never develop shows that exploit stereotypes of other religions or other types of believers. “They’d never satirize Mohammed with a show called ‘The Big Mo’ or ridicule Jews with a show called ‘The Greedy Goldbergs.’ Those ideas would obviously be offensive. They just wouldn’t do it. Why does this thinking not apply to Christians?”
No one can force Christians to watch this garbage. But as Medved points out, “it’s a cartoon show. Your kids may not watch it, but other people’s kids will. This kind of show promotes bigotry and hatred and ridicule. It’s needlessly hurtful, patently offensive and full of malice.”
For anyone who worries about the lack of civility in our society and wonders what sort of America our children will inherit, there’s the punch line.