Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Message From +Bishop Christodoulos

February 1, 2006

NBC to mock the Crucifixion of Christ

Dear Thomas,

NBC, fresh from giving us the anti-Christian The Book of Daniel, has decided to hit back at the Christian community by presenting an episode of Will and Grace which mocks the crucifixion of Christ.

On the April 13 edition of NBC's Will and Grace, Britney Spears will appear as a Christian conservative sidekick to Sean Hayes' homosexual character, Jack, who hosts his own talk show.

Jack's fictional network, Out TV, is bought by a Christian TV network, leading to Spears contributing a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's."
To further denigrate Christianity, NBC chose to air it the night before Good Friday.

Click Here to read the Associated Press article.

NBC does not treat Jews, Muslins or other religions with such disrespect. Yet the network demonstrates a deep of hostility toward followers of Christ.


1)Call your local NBC affiliate and ask them not to air the April 13 episode of Will and Grace. Ask others to call. Click here to find your local NBC station.

2)Click here to send a letter to NBC Chairman Bob Wright. Ask your pastor to run a notice in your church bulletins and newsletters and request members to go to www.afa.net and send the email to NBC Chairman Wright.

3)Click here to print out a petition(pdf) asking your local NBC affiliate not to air the April 13 episode and distribute it to your Sunday School class and fellow church members.

Next, and this is very important, please forward this to your friends and family today!

Thanks for caring enough to get involved.


Donald E. Wildmon, Chairman

P.S. Please forward this to your family and friends!


Blogger fultonphishmonger said...

NBC's 'Cruci-fixins' Were 'Leftovers' from Fox
By Sherrie Gossett
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
February 06, 2006

(1st Add: Includes additional details regarding the cancellation of the "Book of Daniel.")

(CNSNews.com) - The NBC "Will and Grace" episode featuring Britney Spears hosting a cooking show called "Cruci-fixins" has been cancelled in the wake of Christian protests, but the term was actually recycled from a Fox network show.

It was first used on the oddball comedy "Arrested Development," when one of the characters quipped: "I think I'm going to go get one of those 'Corndog Crosses' -- with all the 'Crucifixins'"

"The Simpsons" cartoon also used the term in an episode that described a church ice cream social led by a character called Rev. Lovejoy. Lovejoy offered "Crucifixins," with flavors like "Blessed Virgin Berry," "Commandmint," and "Biblegum."

As far back as 1991, the term popped up in Advertising Age magazine, as part of an entry for a lighthearted contest to predict McDonald's next slogan intended to "pack in the pilgrims" at its new location in Lourdes. "Try our new Crucifixin's Bar" won an "honorable intention" award.

Since the term was coined on Fox, it has popped up across the Internet on blogs and other postings. The satirical "Faithway Foods" site offers "Crucifixins Table Seasoning."

After NBC began promoting the April 13 "Will and Grace" episode, which was to air on the day before Good Friday, the most solemn day on the Christian calendar, the American Family Association (AFA) posted a "special alert" at the top of its web page with the headline, "NBC to mock the Crucifixion of Christ." The story line of the episode had the fictional Out TV network being bought by a Christian network. Spears played the co-host of a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's."

The AFA viewed the "Will and Grace" episode as an intentional mocking of Christians, following a similar Christian uproar that preceded NBC's canceling "The Book of Daniel." At least nine NBC affiliates decided not to run the "Book of Daniel" show, which struggled to attract and keep advertisers, according to the Chicago Tribune.

While the network said it canceled the series due to low ratings, the Tribune reported it was difficult to know how much significance to accord the protests, the lukewarm ratings or the controversial content.

Donald Wildmon, founder of the AFA, accused NBC of a "deep-seated anti-Christian bias."

A new press release from NBC said the original "Will and Grace" release was erroneous and the Spears episode had not yet been written. "We value our viewers and sincerely regret if this misinformation has offended them," the network stated.

The original announcement of the "Cruci-fixins" episode had generated press around the world.

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