Thursday, May 06, 2010

Christianity is the “easy target”

This turn of events makes one ponder.  Christians certainly don’t want to slice off the heads of those who mock their Savior as Muslims react to mocking Mohammad.  Yet we know that  as a result of such mocking Christians and Christianity will be harmed.  What’s the harm, you ask?  The same as results from mocking in the school yard against some idea or possession another child really loves and respects.  Except now we are adults and can take it.  But what about the less mature?  What about those who might be offended, or in a sensitive stage of Christian exploration.  Or more damaging, fueling the disbelief and disrespect by non-Christians and the irreligious against Christianity.

The same can be said with regard to mocking Islam from the Muslim perspective.  The difference is that Muslims are known to act on their offense.  Christians seldom do.

The difference between tolerance and intolerance, free speech and tyranny is clearly demonstrated by these opposite reactions by Christians and Muslims to Comedy Centrals’ mocking pursuits.

From “The Live Feed”…
Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon

Comedy Central might censor every image of the Prophet Muhammad on "South Park," yet the network is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ.

Jesus-south-park As part of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers (full slate here), the network 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 its 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.

"JC" is produced by Reveille ("The Office"), Henrik Basin, Brian Boyle ("American Dad"), Jonathan Sjoberg and Andreas Ohman.

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