The topic of Hollywood vs. Christianity comes up all the time, including several times before on this blog, but it seems to be heating up, now that political liberals are smelling blood in the water, regarding the upcoming mid-term elections.
The first has to do with the new television season bringing a new show from Aaron Sorkin (of "The West Wing" fame), called "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip". According to a review at Human Events Online, the pilot episode:
"goes behind the scenes of a fictional sketch-comedy program resembling "Saturday Night Live" at a fictional network called UBS. The censors at UBS have scratched a skit titled "Crazy Christians," and now all hell will break loose. We’re never shown the skit, but we’re told repeatedly that it’s demonstrably hilarious."
Censor: "what do you want me to say to the 50 million people who are gonna go out of their minds as soon as it airs?"
Producer: "Well, first of all, you can tell ’em we average 9 million households, so at least 41 million of them are full of crap. Second, you can tell ’em that living where there’s free speech means sometimes you’re gonna get offended."
Producer: "The two things that make [the network executives] scared gutless are the FCC and every psycho religious cult that gets positively horny at the very mention of a boycott."
Another character to his ex-girlfriend, regarding her appearance on Pat Robertson’s "700 Club" show: "You put on a dress and sang for a bigot." and "Throw in the Halloween costumes and you got yourself a Klan rally."
It would be wonderful if this could be written off as a far-wing, not-to-be-noticed, uncommon event. Unfortunately, the clout of Aaron Sorkin is also combined with the star power of Matthew Perry (Chandler from "Friends), as well as his "Whole Nine Yards" co-star, Amanda Peet. (Thankfully, this will be up against Monday Night Football and split by the World Series, so there is a chance it could fail on its own.)
"Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state."
"This group (radical Muslims) is threatening to kill us. That’s the difference."
"No, but we are bombing innocent people in other countries. True or false?"
Unfortunately, no apology has yet been issued by Rosie or ABC regarding her anti-Christian bigotry. Granted, she has the right to freedom of speech, as well as us having the right to change the channel. However, if similar comments had been made about homosexuals, blacks, Hispanics, women, or any other "politically sensitive" group, there would be an immediate apology issued by the network and the personal responsible. But, again, Christians are the last group in America that it is socially acceptable to demean and insult. I’m not entirely sure where she is getting the idea that "radical Christians" (whatever she means by that) are the ones fighting the War on Terror. The entire United States was attacked on 9/11/2001 – people of many races and religions were attacked at once, not just Christians. We are a country at war, and lives are lost (on both sides) during wars. It would not have been acceptable for this kind of comment to be made during WWII about British or American "imperialists" being equivalent to German and Japanese fascists. This sort of comment should not be deemed acceptable now.
But that still leaves the question: are Christians insane? Is Christianity crazy? The truth is, Christianity is, by its nature (and the nature of its founder, Jesus Christ), counter-cultural (a.k.a. "radical"). It is considered foolish by the self-proclaimed "wise", while at the same time considered to be anathema by the self-righteous "religious". Additionally, Jesus even said that the world would hate us for following Him, because they hate Him, and we are no greater than our Master.
So, if believing the Truth is wrong (in Hollywood’s eyes), I don’t want to be right!