Fresh off their success at getting NBC to cancel The Book of Daniel, Donald Wildmon and his American Family Association have called for a boycott of advertisers who sponsor Desperate Housewives.
Not content to let viewers see a characterization of Jesus not Christian-approved, they are neither willing to let America watch the antics of sexy (and desperate) housewives.
One of my closest Masonic brothers used to regularly send me (and everyone on his email list) the latest "boycott this" list from fanatic Wildmon. I'd laugh (and sometimes cringe) every time I received one of these emails, asking myself why a Mason would be so intolerant of others that he'd be a part of an organization that stiffarms its way into boardrooms across America — much like Jesse Jackson does, but with a different agenda. It was only out of respect for my brother and a sense of maintaining Masonic "peace and harmony" that I didn't take issue with his emails in a public venue before.
Wildmon is getting more media-savvy, I'll have to admit. Anticipating his critics who will say, "Just turn off the TV!" before they've even spoken, he asks, "Why should we have to do that? Why do our children need to be exposed to such trash? Why do the networks keep putting out trash?"
Why do the networks show the programs they do? Because they think people will watch them, thereby providing eyeballs for the advertisers. Last week's Nielsens show that Desperate Housewives had 23.4 million viewers, more than the Olympics. It was the #4 show for the week, behind two episodes of American Idol and the drama Grey's Anatomy.
Wildmon's general attitude says quite clearly that he believes that he has the right to demand that society bend to his version of morality, or moral correctness. His labeling of things on television that he doesn't like as "trash" makes me realize that once he's gotten his way on this, there will be many more things we accept in a free society that he won't approve of, and once again he'll call upon his "one million" myrmidons to make it right for Jesus.
These are the same type of people who have been writing about the satanic messages in The Smurfs and My Little Pony.
Cover up your tattoos, hide your body piercings, lock away your satanic mp3-playing iPods. Cut your hair, shut down your evil blogs, and get yourself to Sunday School dressed only in Wildmon-approved clothing.
Wildmon is like a scary reincarnational blend of neo-phobic Ned Ludd and Anthony Comstock, who for a while managed to make medical school anatomy books be treated as pornography. God save us!
What is it about Christianity that makes people want to control other people? Which of the Ten Commandments says "police the morals of others"?
More nuttiness in Jesus's name:
- The guys at Jesus-is-savior.com hold that all versions of the Bible other than the King James version are sinful, and come right out and say that beloved Pope John Paul II, recently deceased, is now roasting in Hell. He's in the company of the dead Beatles, Charles Darwin, Elvis, Jim Morrison of the Doors, and is with or soon will be joined by the Rolling Stones, the current Pope, all Catholics, all homosexuals, the murderers of Terri Shiavo, the rest of the Beatles, everyone who drinks beer, Alan Greenspan, and pretty much all U.S. presidents with the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson. Also soon to be eternally ablaze are billions of other people, presumably including you and me. What rage! What hatred! What paranoia! In case you've been flashing a little too much skin, these guys even provide you with a link to modest patterns so you can sew your own sackcloth.
- Westboro Baptist Church, the anti-gay anti-soldier kooks from Kansas we've written about before, continue to attend soldiers' funerals carrying signs saying "Thank God for IED's" (bombs) and "God Hates Fags." Their leaders pretty much say that every bad thing that happens these days is a sign that God is pissed off.
- Josh Buice's Southern Baptist rants against Masons and science.
- Whoremonger and TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart on November 10, 2002 denounced the Prophet Muhammad as a "pervert" and a "sex deviant," and in 2005 said during one of his televised sermons, "I'm going to be blunt and plain: If [a homosexual] ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died."
- Cutting Edge Ministries has links, books and videos galore telling how Freemasons worship Lucifer. Not only are they spreading these lies, they're making a handsome profit doing so.
That's it! According to verse 39, the second part, about loving your neighbor, is as important as the first part, about loving God. And verse 40 clinches it, that That's All There Is To It, by saying, "These are the greatest commandments."
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