Christians Groups Not Turning Other Cheek On Jesus Cartoon
Christian and conservative leaders have begun a campaign to persuade potential advertisers not to sponsor Comedy Central’s proposed cartoon series starring a modern day Jesus Christ. The project, titled JC, is still only in development but it has drawn media heat from groups like Citizens Against Religious Bigotry and Media Research Center.
The president of MSC, Brent Bozell, said, “We know that they’re jumping up and down with glee feeling that they’re getting all sorts of publicity because of our efforts. On the other hand, we’re not going to remain silent on this anymore.”
The Vancouver Sun is reporting:
Bozell said the coalition sent letters to 250 major television advertisers asking them not to run commercials on the show, should it ever air.
In a conference call with reporters, the coalition’s leaders noted that Comedy Central censored references to the Prophet Muhammad in a recent episode of South Park after a radical Muslim website suggested the show’s creators could be killed because of the depiction.
“You could say, ‘Well yes, they pulled back because of threats of violence,’” said syndicated radio host Michael Medved. “Does that indicate that Christians then get punished because they’re not crazy? They get punished because their religion doesn’t encourage people to commit acts of violence, that we’re only going to respond affirmatively to the concerns of religious groups that threaten the most appalling kinds of reactions?”
On the conference call, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said an advertising boycott of the show was necessary to get through to the network.
“I don’t want to ever see the Christian population get to the point where they have to mimic some segments in the radical Muslim community,” he said. “And if they do, then I guess we’ll have to wonder, what is the root cause of that? I think we can do this through a peaceful nonviolent approach.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, warned that Comedy Central shouldn’t “confuse the civility of Christianity with weakness.”
“And I think if that’s the case, they may be shocked, because I do believe they’ve gone too far in this,” he added.