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Offline s2srea

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The "New Normal" Christianity
« on: November 20, 2012, 11:46:01 PM »
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    NBC’s sitcom “The New Normal” isn’t just trying to remake society for the Gay Left. It’s trying to remake Christianity, which is to say, destroy it. For its October 22 episode “The Godparent Trap,” NBC ran promos with the gay character Brian in the confessional, and the priest sneering, “If you’re not going to take this seriously, I’m going to go back to playing Angry Birds.”

    As the plot unfolds, we’re told Brian was raised Catholic, and as he sits in a pew and looks around at religious pictures, he cracks gay jokes in his mind. He sees the Apostles: “Twelve dudes sitting around gossiping and drinking wine. You call that the Last Supper? I call that a Tuesday night.”

    He sees a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary: “Hey Mary – I’m a virgin, too. I’ve also slept in a barn with three wise men.” Then he turns to an image of Jesus on the cross, and says “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t be talking trash about your mother. But you know who judges me? Your father.


    The priest asks Brian if he came for confession, so he enters the confessional. But he’s really not there to confess, but to continue the wisecracks. “Commandment-wise,  I’ve pretty much done them all, except kill someone and covet my neighbor’s wife.” That earns the Angry Birds line NBC liked so much.

    Brian then says he wants to find godparents for his forthcoming baby from a surrogate mother, but he feels he doesn’t have a religious foundation. (Ya think?) The priest insists “the church is not anti-gay,” and to which predictably, Brian retorts “Yet any chance he gets, the Pope treats gay marriage like [actress/reckless driver] Amanda Bynes treats pedestrians.”

    Then the priest himself turns on the Vicar of Christ as a crazy old loon: “Come on, haven’t you ever had a lovable old uncle who popped off intolerant comments at a family barbecue?”  Brian asks “Can’t you get fired for saying stuff like that?” The priest wisecracks, “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s pretty hard to get fired around here.”

    When the priest suggests there are churches “geared to your community,” Brian shoots back “I don’t want to be forced to use a separate water fountain. Why can’t the church just accept all people?...You toss Jesus’s name around. You don’t exactly practice what you preach. Jesus wouldn’t judge people on their sexuality, because Jesus loved everyone.”

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “New Normal” creator Ryan Murphy admitted the show is based on his life. Surprise, surprise. He was raised Catholic, and Brian, the bitter, wise-cracking gay man, “is clearly me.”

    This priest not only bashes the Pope as an intolerant old fool, he’s recruiting Brian to Fight the Power in earthy language. He says “I never bought that Jesus-is-a-blissed-out-hippie crap. The man was pissed off.” He was “the Chuck Norris of his day,” and to turn the other cheek was “an act of defiance. It meant I will see your insult and raise you a ‘suck it!’” Jesus “saw hypocrisy and injustice and said ‘Seriously? You guys are idiots. This has got to change!’”

    Yup, that’s what Jesus said in the Book of Tinseltown, Chapter 90210.

    Brian replies, “So you’re saying the church can change?” The priest then unspools a gay-rights lecture, complete with soothing musical accompaniment: “Well it would. I’ve seen gay people battle discrimination and march for marriage equality. They demanded the right to fight for their country, but for their souls? Nope. They just give up and walk away. Jesus was a fighter, son. How about you?”

    No one on this show expressed an authentically Christian opinion. There are only leftist lectures -- predictable, boorish, amateurish. (Unsurprisingly, Murphy is a huge Obama backer who held a fundraiser at his house with the president because “I just can’t imagine a world in which he does not win.”)

    You can also find the “cool, rebellious priest” model at the movies. A new film called “The Sessions” takes on the story of a forty-something disabled man who weighs about 70 pounds employing a “sexual surrogate” (a sort of therapeutic prostitute) so he can lose his virginity. People magazine reports he’s supported in this quest by a priest, “who in hilarious chats about just how sinful this particular sin would be, gives his blessing.” The movie is based on real life, where the disabled man consulted “Father Mike,” a young, bearded priest from the neighborhood church who “told me Jesus was never big on rules, that he often broke the rules out of compassion.”

    Hollywood wants to remake God in its own image, full of its version of “compassion” and shattering every traditional value. This mission is too important to weigh down with authentically Christian characters instead of wise-cracking and cartoonish propagandist puppets.

    Offline Capt McQuigg

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    « Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 08:43:30 PM »
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  • The New Normal seems like a pretty insipid show.  

    We really can't expect anything all that positive out of a sitcom - unfortunately!


    Offline Viva Cristo Rey

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    « Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 08:51:01 PM »
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  • All these sitcoms aren't so stupid because they are using these shows to brainwash stupid people.  Most of these tv shows and movies in hollywood depict nothing but dysfunctional families.  Obviously, vatican Ii catholics think it is funny entertainment because they are watching it and they voted fro obama.
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    Offline ServusSpiritusSancti

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    « Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012, 09:08:55 PM »
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  • Television has gotten a lot worse. Any good Catholic would know not to watch blasphemous filth such as "The New Normal".

    Offline John Grace

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    « Reply #4 on: November 22, 2012, 05:06:13 PM »
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  • Quote from: SpiritusSanctus
    Television has gotten a lot worse. Any good Catholic would know not to watch blasphemous filth such as "The New Normal".


    At this stage Catholics should be setting up their own television and radio stations. Whilst I don't watch EWTN, many watch it as the alternative to the vile programmes on television.

    A few weeks ago, I was speaking to a few people very interested in setting up a television station but finance was their main concern.

    Even if one or two people could start up an internet radio/tv station. True Restoration do a radio programme.

    Even a Cath Info TV or Cath Info Radio is a possibility.

    In Ireland, you have Spirit Radio, a Christian radio station. I have listened to it once or twice only.

    In recent years truth seeker type websites have emerged. There are a couple of radio shows in Ireland which discuss alternative topics.


    Offline Sigismund

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    « Reply #5 on: November 22, 2012, 08:41:50 PM »
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  • It would have been a more interesting script if this Brian guy had said, "Well, Father, if you really believe that why don't you try saying that from the pulpit, and then pick up a a sign and join the gay rights protest outside your boss's cathedral?  You know, like people who actually believe in stuff sometimes do.  Naw, you won't do that because you are a coddled closet case firmly ensconced in your clerical boy's club.  You would rather continue to suckle at the teat of an organization you clearly despise because you lack the courage and integrity to get a real job.  I may not remember much from Sister Elizabeth's religion class at Sacred  Heart when I was a kid, but I do recall that Jesus didn't have much use for clerical hypocrites.  He had some harsh words for them in fact.  You know, things like 'Depart from Me, ye accursed, to the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'  Maybe you should get used to hearing those words, because they will ring in your ears for all eternity."

    Now THAT would be great television.
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