`Sarah Silverman kicked ‘god’ out of bed on Comedy Central, and proved a lot of people don’t have a sense of humor. World Net Daily advised readers to have “strong discretion” when watching the clip or visiting the website. It also posted reader comments calling for a boycott:
God, what are these people thinking? And I find it frightening that there are people who actually do think these shows are in any way creative or funny. Best thing, don’t support these shows and boycott any sponsors of these shows, letting them know why.
What I find frightening is that there are people out there like this commenter. How ’bout trying a different response: laugh!
Turning back the clock is not an option. But that’s exactly what people like this are trying to do. Every time you hear someone crying ‘decency,’ like Pat Boone and the ever-obnoxious Parents Television Council, it’s code for “let’s turn back the clock–to the middle ages if possible.” (For the children!)
They want to live in a world where certain images and speech are taboo, and certain subjects are considered ‘sacred.’ But you can’t have that without wider curbs on civil liberties. Like the cartoon-protesters, these people can’t stand to see ‘god’ lampooned, even if he looks a lot like Tucker Smallwood. I will say I’m grateful that Christians have moved beyond the burning-and-blowing-up stage, and now simply threaten boycotts. That’s progress.
But wouldn’t it be refreshing if someone insulted ‘god’ and nobody cared? Wouldn’t it be great if everyone was content to hold their beliefs in private, without expecting everyone else to agree in lock-step? It’s this insistence on according one’s personal beliefs ‘sacred’ status that’s the true intolerance. Like I said in my previous post, how about if we simply give comedians and blasphemers the role of heyoka, tapping us on the shoulder and helping us see when we are being too sensitive or screwed up about a particular subject.
We need to do more to god than kick him out of bed. We need to kick him out of our lives! His image has been foisted upon us by every corrupt and unscrupulous huckster since time immemorial. We’ve been subjected to a non-stop god-fest for most of human history. It’s payback time. He should be burned in effigy. We need to see his sanctimonious image flayed in the streets. (This would be nothing compared to what’s been done by ‘his’ followers in ‘his’ name.) Maybe if we all insult ‘god’ enough, he’ll deign to show his face.
That should settle the question of ‘his’ existence once and for all.