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February 25, 2005

Does the “B” stand for “Bigots”

From the Catholic League:

During the February 22 episode of the NBC-TV sitcom, “Committed,” two non-Catholics are mistakenly given Holy Communion at a Catholic funeral Mass. Nate, who is Jewish, and Bowie, a Protestant, don’t know what to do with the Eucharist, so they make several failed attempts to get rid of it. For example, they try slipping it into the pocket of a priest, dropping it on a tray of cheese and crackers, etc.

At one point, the priest, who is portrayed as not knowing the difference between the Host and a cracker, goes to grab the “cracker” from a tray of appetizers; he initially balks when he discovers that it is the last one. Then he changes his mind, saying, “Oh, what the hell.” By far the most offensive scene occurs when Nate and Bowie accidentally flush what they think is the Host down the toilet.

Now, I'm not Catholic, and therefore don't believe the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in regards to the Eucharist, but I understand it enough to know that they believe the wafer (or host) once blessed by the priest actually becomes the flesh of Jesus Christ. While I don't hold to that belief I can certainly understand their outrage at NBC displaying such an insensitive and callous treatment of such an important element of their faith. If we don't respect others beliefs, then how can we expect them to respect ours.

In college I was the only guy Moslem students knew they could trust to tell them which food had pork in it. When I was ordered to not tell them that bacon had been fried in the french fry vat -- I refused, and the Moslem students appreciated it. (and avoided fried food in the snack bar for two weeks)

Why would making fun of someone's religion be any different than not hiring someone because of their religion? NBC has some explaining to do.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 25, 2005 09:06 AM

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