It’s time, once again, to play Hollywood’s favorite game – "Slam the Christians".
It appears from the article "What Would Britney Do?"
that the latest salvo from the Hollywood "gay mafia" is to cast Britney Spears (a.k.a. "the pop tart" or "role model for teenage girls") as a conservative Christian talk-show host. Can’t wait to see if they’re going to:
- "frump her up" with long skirt, bulky sweater, and glasses (i.e., Hollywood’s view of conservative Christians) and then it’s up to the gay duo (Jack and Will) to do a make-over on her, or
- if they’re gonna to try to trap her in some contrived catch-22 that makes it look like Christians hate gays or
- make the gays look intellectually superior to Christians.
My money is on all of the above happening.
I know I haven’t seen it yet – just deductive speculation from previous trends – but whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to see if the show sinks to new lows, or actually decides to take the high road and deal fairly. Seeing how they cast "The Brit" in the role, I somehow think the show is gonna be more base than usual.
My opinion: they’d do better casting Dana Carvey as the Church Lady for this episode.
At least I’m not alone in my cynical view of this upcoming episode. Defamer
also has some harsh words to say about it.
*** UPDATE – February 01 8:07 PM ***
Jack’s fictional network, Out TV, is bought by a Christian TV network, leading to Spears contributing a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin’s." To further denigrate Christianity, NBC chose to air it the night before Good Friday.
So, they are not only mocking Christians, but they are now making mockery of core parts of our beliefs. Some years ago, this was called "sacrilege" – now it is called "controversial" at best.
I don’t think the main point of contention is that Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. don’t get ridiculed like this. (That’s just opening invitation to rebuttals of "so if a Jew’s beliefs were being made fun in equal shares, that’d be alright?")
I don’t even think the main point is that some people are offending others. (Those that don’t believe as Christians believe have difficulty understanding why something like this might be offensive.)
I think the main idea that puts everybody on a level playing field is that living in modern-day America, it is now expected that all beliefs – no matter how exotic, how ancient, how supernatural, how bizarre, or how perverse – are to be accepted by everyone. This has become the new interpretation of the 1st and 15th Amendments – not just no discrimination based on creed or color, but also no making fun of anyone’s practices, religious or otherwise. In essense, sensitivity and tolerance is the ideal, if not explicitly in law, then implicitly in the name of "political correctness". (remember this phrase "in the name of political correctness" – it will be used again further down)
If this is to be the standard, then it must also be applied to portrayals of Christianity and Catholicism as well. But this is sadly not the case – those who believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the Son of God are the only ones still allowed to be discriminated against.
This is nothing new in the history of Christianity, but it is something new in the history of America. History has shown us recent examples of what happens when any one segment is allowed to be trampled upon, their beliefs mocked, and their rights disregarded – in a row of dominoes, none falls alone.
Communist socialism and Nazism both give us the modern template for this fall. If this nation, under God, becomes a nation that only pays lip service to the phrase "in God we trust," then we must have another ideal. If you get rid of religion in the public square, man still craves something resembling religion in his heart.
Get rid of almsgiving, and the people will feel compelled to give more in taxes, to alleviate their guilt.
Get rid of the confessional booth, and he goes to the psychiatrist’s bench.
Get rid of fasting as penance for sin, and they will fast as penance for weight-gain.
Stop him from calling upon the name of God, and people will then do things in the name of political correctness or in the name of the state.
Abolish the holy days, and children will still want a holiday.
Do away with priestly sacrifices and offerings to God (offerings of bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ), and parents will sacrifice their own children for the sake of their prosperity.
(to paraphrase Chesterton) Take away belief in God, and people will not believe nothing – they will believe ANYTHING!
Maybe we are already that far gone. It would appear that some of us already are, while others are taking more drastic actions to prevent their faith from being trampled. I hope that day does not come for America.