Comedy Central Must be Stopped from Mocking Jesus Christ and We Can Stop them

One of the shows Comedy Central has in development is JC “the concept is to depict Christ as a “regular guy” who moves to New York to “escape his father’s enormous shadow.” With all the subjects available to their writing staff please tell me why would they choose Jesus as a comedic foil? Comedy Central is known for its irreverent humor, but even they have bowed to pressure from the Islamic community. “Comedy Central was the target of an Internet threat this spring from a Muslim group for a South Park episode that supposedly showed Muhammad in a bear costume. Like other media organizations, it resists showing a depiction of Muhammad because many Muslims consider a physical description of the prophet to be blasphemous. Such depictions of Muhammad in other media have resulted in death threats by fundamentalist Muslims against the purveyors.” So since some factions of the Muslim community have threatened violent retribution for depicting their highest religious figure in a comedic or unflattering light Comedy Central backed down. Well, Christians are not going to threaten violence, but we can boycott any company that sponsors this show. This show does not deserve to see the light of day but if it does let’s make sure its showing is short-lived. If you agree with me contact Comedy Central and make your voice heard: www.comedycentral.com

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  • Mo Rage  On June 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Oh, hooey.

    Don’t take yourself, your religion or your “god” or messiah or whatever you want to call him/her so seriously. Ligthen up. This is absolutely no big deal. What are they going to do, show him on the toilet? And even if they did, what difference would it make.

    Honestly, you’re taking this, yourself, your religion and your religious leader far too seriously.

    Instead of carping about this, why don’t you go out and help someone homeless or hungry or something.

    Usually you’ve got a good point of view but on this you’re way off. This is insignificant beyond all measure.

    Mo Rage
    The blog

  • musesofamom  On June 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Mo Rage, I am glad that you read the blog and I am glad that you often comment. I do take my religion seriously and I do think somethings should not be the object of comedy and this is one of them. I respect the fact that you don’t agree with me on this point and that is good. I will continue to put my ideas out here and hopefully more often then not we will agree, but there will be times like this when we do not.

    • Mo Rage  On June 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      Like virtually anyone or any other blog, you make some interesting insights, naturally and you are usually, frequently–of course–correct. But on this, I’m afraid (and lots of others join me) I have to say you’re mistaken. Your religion and “god”, both, are in no way affected or changed by a joke or cartoon. You go on praying and worshiping, we’ll keep our free speech and nothing will happen negatively.

      Thanks for your posts.

      mr

  • Kelly  On June 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Mo Rage, I take umbridge to the reference of “carping.” It’s 4:15 AM where I am – email me to tell me how the preps in the soup kitchen went, you phony.

    • Mo Rage  On June 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

      carping = harping, going on and on about, making a big deal out of nothing, haranguing, etc.

      your note is a complete and total non-sequitur

      how you think I presented myself as something more or different than I am is a complete mystery to me. I’m thinking it must mean a) you’re a religious zealout and b) you’re getting all emotional about this.

      go ahead, have your umbrage. enjoy.

      mr

  • Spanish Inquisitor  On June 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    It’s an interesting question you pose, but not for the reason you apparently think. Why would Cartoon Central back down in the face of violence over depictions of Muhammad, and not over this proposed JC show? Clearly, it’s because the threat of violence works. They’ve actually killed people over something as silly as cartoon depictions. So the answer to your query is to threaten the life of the producer, maybe lob a Molotov cocktail through the front window over at Cartoon Central. That should do it.

    My problem with your problem is twofold:

    1. This is America. In America we have the first Amendment, which allows us the freedom to say anything regardless of how disrespectful it may be to the feelings of others. Trying to get Cartoon Central to stop their admittedly comedic depiction of a character based on Jesus is censorship, and if you think that it’s OK to censor Cartoon Central over this, then I don’t suppose you’ll mind is someone comes along and tells you to shut down your blog, because they don’t like the content. Now admittedly, unless it’s the government doing the censoring it’s not violation of the 1st Amendment, but my point is still valid. How would you like it if the Ku Klux Clan, the Aryan Nation and a few other racist organizations started lobbying to shut you down. Would you ask the Cartoon Central to back you up? Because I’m sure they would under those circumstances.

    2. Where do you get the idea that religion in general, and Christianity in particular, is entitled to automatic respect simply because it’s religious? It’s not. Period. Like any other person or organization, it must earn respect. Respect comes from the individual, not by lobbying, and must be heartfelt. As Mo Rage suggested above, how is a little TV show going to hurt Jesus? Or any religion? (How did the cartoons of Mohammed hurt Mohammed, or Islam?) Is your faith so weak that it can actually be shaken by ridicule, and if so, what does that say about your religious beliefs?

    As for Jesus, if he doesn’t like the show, he can simply smite it.

    • Mo Rage  On June 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      excellently said, SI. for all of us out here, thank you

      mr

  • musesofamom  On June 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    SI-You make some interesting points. I am not a proponent of censorship, but I have no problem in stating my opposition to this proposal and I will encourage people who share my belief to make their opinions known.

    • Spanish Inquisitor  On June 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      That is the essence of free speech. You don’t have to like what Comedy Central is doing, nor do you have to stand by and be quiet about it. That also is self-censorship if you buckle to someone like me. ;).

      The free exchange of ideas in the marketplace of ideas is the best remedy for bad ideas. Who knows? Maybe some people will join a church as a result of seeing the show, while others may leave their church. Maybe the show will get such bad ratings that the company will declare bankruptcy. Maybe it will be such a hit that your stock in Comedy Central will make you rich. But suppressing ideas and speech is not the way to influence people.

  • elogam  On June 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    How on earth did I come to this party so late? EM, as usual you have brought up a good, valid point. Somehow it’s perfectly fine for any and everyone to take shots at Christ, Christians, and their faith. If we take umbrage, we’re called thin-skinned, wild-eyed zealots. religious nutbags, etc. My faith is important to me. Objecting to someone making light of it on a TV show is not unreasonable. I’m not advocating shutting down the network and beheading the person who had the ides, I’m just saying I don’t like it as is my right. Y’know, it is very possible for someone to help the homeless and feed the poor and all that and STILL NOT LIKE OR WANT SOMEONE TO MAKE FUN OF THEIR FAITH.

    As usual Mo Rage is wanting us to do as he says, not as he does. Mo’s religion is Liberalism, and he takes just as much offense as does a Christian to affronts to his beliefs. If someone White from the South makes a stray comment or gesture he’s ready to scream “racist” and a few other choice names. If a show depicting Obama as lusting after white women was on TV, Mo and his fellow believers would be apoplectic. (for the record, I wouldn’t want to see that either, but you get my point.)

    I seriously doubt that this potential show will “cause someone to go to church”. Turning Jesus Christ into Al Bundy will not bring more people into faith. There was a previous attempt to do that a few years ago on a TV show. It was called “The Book of Dan” or something like that. It failed miserably. They have a right to put out this mess, and I have a right to denounce it. It’s the American way.

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