What do you think would have happened had it Muhammad?

I do not advocate, any longer, the willful destruction or desecration, of another’s religious paraphernalia. I have to wonder, however, what would happened if it had been a picture of Muhammad instead of one for Christ?

On the show’s most recent installment, which aired Sunday, David urinates on a painting of Jesus Christ, causing a woman to believe the painting depicts Jesus crying.

Deal Hudson, author and publisher of InsideCatholic.com, said he doesn’t find any humor in the episode.

“I don’t think it’s funny,” Hudson told Foxnews.com. “Why is it that people are allowed to publicly show that level of disrespect for Christian symbols? If the same thing was done to a symbol of any other religions — Jewish or Muslim — there’d be a huge outcry. It’s simply not a level playing field.”

Hudson said an apology from the show’s producers and writing team should be issued.

“Somebody should ,” Hudson said. “When is it going to stop? When is common sense going to dictate that people realize this willingness of artists to do to Christianity what they would never do to Judaism or Islam?”

In a statement to Foxnews.com, HBO downplayed the controversy.

“Anyone who follows Curb Your Enthusiasm knows that the show is full of parody and satire,” the statement read. “Larry David makes fun of everyone, most especially himself.  The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious.” (read the rest here)

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37 Replies to “What do you think would have happened had it Muhammad?”

  1. Oh, get a grip. Larry David peeing on some silly portrait of a blue-eyed white dude is so not a big deal.

    As far as the Muhammad reference, there are no portraits of Muhammad anyway, so no biggie.

    If America’s evangelicals get their way, we’ll be party to the same kind of religious nightmare that has plagued the Middle East for eons.

    1. Robert, I think that there are times when people do things just to urk another, which helps to further push down any hope we have of actually working together.

      1. Joel, there’s just no nice way to say this; you’re delusional if you think that mainstream Christianity’s leaders have absolutely any interest whatsoever in working together with anyone not already part of their exclusive Holy club. I get that there are moderate Christians, but they have 0 clout with folks like FRC, AFA, SBC, or the RCC–to say nothing of people like Focus on the Family, TBN, or the GOP.

        Seriously, dude, get real.

        1. Rob, none of those groups you mentioned matter much to me, or a whole host of others who claim Christianity either. Those are not mainstream. I think, Robert, that you have to stop seeing Christianity in terms of Baptist. (No offense, but not all Christians are baptist)

          1. And one more thought – who cares what they do or say? I have to do what is right, and I know that Wickle is with me here. We want to show the Christianity that we know, not what has become the most vocal only in the last century.

  2. What kind of person finds this funny, anyway?

    Regardless of what religion … who needs to be this offensive to someone else?

    I don’t need to make fun of Buddha or Muhammad or Shiva or any other religious figures. Just because I don’t believe in them doesn’t mean that I have such hatred of those that do that I’d do something like this.

    The problem is partly hatred of God, and partly just part of the general coarsening of manners. They don’t care what other people think … or perhaps see merit in being offensive.

    Sick, sick, sick …

    On a different note, hasn’t the urinating on Jesus thing already been done? Serrano’s “Piss Christ” was something like 15 years ago, wasn’t it? This isn’t even avante-garde!

  3. What’s more offensive?

    A) A well-established fictional satire program’s main character urinating on a dubious-at-best portrayal of a religious figure

    or

    B) The frequent, nee *incessant* condemnation of unbelievers to an eternity of hopeless torment in a lake of fire where demons torture you mercilessly

    Religious people need some serious perspective before launching yet another IgnoranceFest against a mediocre TV show.

    1. I haven’t called for a boycott, but the point that I am making is that it would be a rare thing – to never going to happen – for someone in Hollywood to do this to a picture, etc… of Muhammad. Why? Because they feel that it’s okay to pick on Christians.

      And remember, not all Christians are the same, Robert.

        1. Who says that respect for belief is a key in pluralistic society? Pluralistic societies have excited ad infinitum with struggles for power based on factors including religion, agrarian interests, and xenophobia.

      1. Why do you suppose Hollywood thinks it’s okay to pick on Christians? It couldn’t possibly be due to the non-stop vilification of Hollywood by Christian mouthpieces… Also, I can think of many examples of Hollywood making fun of most of the nation’s major religions.

        Hollywood knocking Christianity is just a case of “do unto others” biting the mostly-hateful church in the collective ass.

        1. Robert, I have yet to see Hollywood take the swipes at Islam that it has at Christianity. Plus, while people might be taking swipes at the most vocal part of what many consider to be Christianity, their swipes still hit us.

    2. A, for the simple reason that it is intended to be offensive. Any denial of that is absurd.

      As to your assertion in B, I’m not so sure that that’s even reality. Where are you going that you get incessant warnings of this kind? I’m a Christian, attend an Evangelical church, hang out with other Christians, and I don’t hear us talking about hell all the time. Is it a teaching? Yes.

      But we didn’t make up that teaching just to offend you — it’s a part of our religious belief. If its existence bothers you, then I can’t help you with that.

      However, I don’t walk around making fat jokes about Buddha, trying to pick fights with Quakers, asking Wiccans if they can fly on broomsticks, or any other nonsense. I try to show a basic level of respect of people. I don’t think that it’s too much to ask for the same.

      Do I expect everyone to agree with me? Of course not. I don’t demand that you practice my religion. However, I do think that it’s perfectly appropriate to point out that this is offensive.

      1. Kudos to you. Maybe you should get in touch with the vocal representatives of your faith and let them know of this innovative new approach.

  4. Sort of related … in Australia, the episode of “John Safran’s Race Relations” that includes this:

    http://thechurchofjesuschrist.us/2009/04/television-comic-crucified-in-philippines-easter-ritual/

    airs in, I think, four weeks time. It will be interesting how it is received.

    In St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta, in western Sydney, there is a slightly larger-than-life stainless steel sculpture of Jesus on the Cross. The artist wanted to make Jesus look ‘virile’, so He is wide-eyed and looking upwards and has muscles. Around his midriff is a dark grey cloth tied at the one side. Through this cloth you can clearly see the outline of ‘his manhood’. Would this offend anyone?

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