Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Failed Bombing and Comedy Central

Continuing from yesterday’s post, we also had the failed bombing in New York’s Times Square. Once it became clear to the liberals that it wasn’t a crazed Tea Party member who was mad about healthcare, as theorized by Mayor Bloomberg, members of the media set out to explain how a misunderstood all-American Muslim boy could do such a thing. Perhaps CBS came up with the best twist, denying his training in a Pakistani terrorist camp, and postulating that his motive involved money pressure since he “Hasn't Realized Any American Dream”.

Speaking of unbelievable, the Obama representative to the UN stood by and watched while the United Nations elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women’s Rights. This should make women feel much safer, unless they have a suntan.

Finally, the Comedy Central network is planning a new animated cartoon about Jesus called “JC”. This comes only two weeks after the network banned the banned the show “South Park” from displaying an image, or even mentioning the name of the Muslim prophet Muhammed after receiving death threats from the “religion of peace” (h/t NewsBusters).

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

Comedy Central is set to announce "JC," a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a regular life in New York City. In the show, God is preoccupied with playing video games while Christ, "the ultimate fish out of water," tries to adjust to life in the big city.

"In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable," said Comedy Central's head of original programming Kent Alterman. When asked if the show might draw some fire, especially coming on the heels of the network's decision to censor the Muslim faith's religious figure on "South Park," Alterman said it’s too early in the show's development to be concerned about such matters. "We don't even know what the show is yet," he said.

Like all Comedy Central executives, Alterman declined to address the recent controversy over "South Park," where the network aired a heavily redacted episode after the show's creators were threatened by an extremist Islamic Web site.

So, Mr Alterman thinks it’s too early in the show's development to be concerned about offending Christians, but he’s ultra-sensitive about offending Muslims. Although one could argue for freedom of expression (which generally tends to be subjective according to one’s viewpoint), a great amount of discretion should be used with any religious figure, even those of the cults. We should be free to point out the errors in their actions and teachings, but should refrain from personal attacks on their person.

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