I'm not a fan of Southpark; I don't have a television, so it'd be difficult to watch even if I wanted to, but the humor (while funny) is usually just a little too off-color for prudish me.
Nevertheless, I'm a little disgruntled. I guess (you Southpark watchers out there, tell me if I've got this wrong) that the writers, in their typical sacrilegious style, included references to the prophet Mohammad in a recent episode. I guess that there's this aversion amongst Muslims to pictorial portrayals of Mohammad so the Southpark writers cloaked the prophet in a bear costume (I'm thinking this might've been their cheeky way of poking fun at this admittedly strange Muslim custom).
Muslims have apparently not yet grown up. They got really upset and threatened to kill the Southpark writers. Which is kinda childish, you know? I mean, really. A stupid (not said disparagingly at all, Southpark fans) TV show pokes fun at your prophet. So you want to kill them?
That's just absurd. In fact, as I sit here thinking about it, it just makes me angry. Don't get me wrong; I think there are some things that are kinda sacred. I'm a religious guy and, I admit, it kinda bothers me when people debase something that I view as sacred. I've never threatened to kill anyone over it though. In fact, as I think about it, I recall that Southpark once aired a show in which Jesus battled Santa Claus in hand-to-hand combat; seems equally as sacrilegious as Mohammad in a bear costume. Yet I don't recall any Christians threatening to kill the Southpark people.
And I DEFINITELY don't recall Comedy Central (the network that airs the show) censoring the Jesus vs. Santa Claus episode as they did with the Bear Mohammad episode. Which gets me almost as much as a bunch of petulant (and, frankly, arrogant) Muslims threatening to kill someone.
Seems like such a double standard: Jesus vs. Santa Claus is funny; the Bear Mohammad is just too inappropriate. To be clear, I don't think the Jesus vs. Santa Claus episode should have been censored. I DO think, on the other hand, that there's something wrong with someone who threatens to kill another human being because they air a television show construed by the would-be killer as sacrilegious. I further think it's pathetic that the network would crater to the pressure from an extremist group.
I'm going to stop ranting while I'm still ahead. (I am still ahead, aren't I?).
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