A while back I wrote about religion and religious leaders like Pat Robertson. In a nutshell I said that hypocrites like Robertson are one of the main reasons that I do not go to church. If you missed it, I encourage you to go back and read it. The responses are actually pretty good.
Well now I have another log to put on the "Why I don't go to church fire", the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. This group decided to take on Comedy Central after the network aired an episode of South Park that made fun of a church icon.
The episode in question was titled "Bloody Mary," and featured what was thought to be an anally bleeding a statue of the Virgin Mary. People from all around came to the statue to be healed by this 'miracle'. At least it was a miracle until the pope arrived and claimed that the statue was menstruating and therefore the blood was not a miracle.
The Catholic League was upset that someone would make fun of one of their icons and demanded that Viacom apologize, remove the episode from the air and not release it on DVD. Perhaps they would like complete creative control of the show and a sandwich also?
Hate it or love it, South Park makes fun of everything and everybody. Blacks, whites, heterosexuals, homosexuals, metorsexuals, bisexuals, upper class, middle class, dirt poor, Americans, Mexicans, Africans, Afghans, Wal-Mart, George Bush, Bill Clinton, J.Lo, Tom Cruise, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, David Blaine, Rosie O'Donnell and many others have felt the wrath of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. There are no sacred cows on this show (that's what makes it great). So what makes this group of Catholics think they are so special that they are above being satirized?
The bad part is that they may have succeeded, at least partially. The episode was absent from a South Park Season 9 marathon that ran in December. They even received an apology from Viacom Board member Joseph Califano Jr, who the group calls a "practicing Catholic".
So I guess the NAACP can have the Michael Jackson episode removed, Paris Hilton can sue to have the episode featuring her taken out of rotation and Wal-Mart can threaten to stop advertising on Viacom channels until the show that makes fun of them it eliminated. At this rate South Park will only be able to make fun of non-Christian, poor people (also known as 'me').
The Catholic League has a right to exist. I don't think that they need to but it's their right to. The way they tell it they are no different than the ACLU, NOW or the NAACP. According to their website, they are around to make sure that Catholics can "participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination". Newsflash, Catholics in America don't need protecting, they damn near run this county. They are one of the main reasons Bush got reelected in my opinion.
The funniest thing is that this organization claims to be "Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment." Apparently this amendment only applies to them (I must have missed the memo). This is just a guess, but I think these people wouldn't know what the First Amendment meant if you slapped them in the face with the Constitution. Someone needs to let them know that it applies to EVERYONE.
It truly scares me that a group might have this kind of power. Imagine a religious group that can determine what we can watch, what we can do and when we can do it. It's not a pretty thought but we are slowly heading in that direction.
Maybe I am wrong. Maybe it would be great to live in a world where the church can tell us what to do, when to do it, how it should be done. They can run our schools, our government, even our judicial system. After all, the church does have a great track record when they have absolute power. Anyone ever hear of the Spanish Inquisition or the Salem Witch Trials?
Think about that while I am gone. I have to go and book my ticket to Hell.