Monday, December 04, 2006

NBC: Never Backs Christianity

I will always roll my eyes every time I hear about how Christianity is "intolerant" and therefore bad, mainly because of the inherent hypocrisy in such a statement. After all, we must not tolerate intolerance, right?

(I can't even type that without rolling my eyes)

Anyway, I had heard awhile back that Veggie Tales had been picked up by NBC to be shown as a Saturday morning cartoon, and that NBC had elected to edit the show to remove some of the more overt references to the Bible and Christianity. Well, as I read this morning in an article from The American Conservative Union Foundation, NBC will not allow its broad audience to be offended by the advocation of "any one religious point of view" such as that presented by Veggie Tales, but they will quite willingly allow the Christians in its audience by ridiculed and mocked
by its show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

Basically, from the very first episode of this series, Christians are portrayed as "crazy." Two of the main characters ended their relationship because one couldn't stomach the other having sung a religious song for the "bigot" Pat Robertson on the 'fanatical' 700 Club ("Throw in the Halloween costumes and you got yourself a clan rally"). Of course I then read a defense of the clear anti-Christian sub-theme of the show that points to the fact that there is a "Christian" as a main cast member. No, what they have is a stereotype, docile, lukewarm "Christian" as a token to deflect criticism of the anti-Christian material and a convenient plot device to further it.

As Rebecca Cusey of NRO put it, "Perhaps writers and producers in Hollywood don’t know any people of faith. They surely receive letters from boycotters, and proposals for religious projects from Christian artists, but when they sit down to dinner at Spagos, people of faith aren’t likely to be at the table. They portray what they know, so we have a TV world populated with atheistic, hedonistic urbanites. Believing characters come from a stock set of stereotypes."

Not that I'm surprised. We're fortunate to live in a time in history where the persecution one endures for the sake of Christ is largely limited to some scornful looks, indirect insult, and general ridicule. Men and women have died in horrible fashion proclaiming the name of Christ, and would continue to do so should such level of persecution return. Indeed there are many brothers and sisters in Christ in other parts of the world that endure such persecution.


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