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-ABC TV Series Shows ‘Real’ Contempt for Jesus and Christianity?

by Dr. D ~ March 16th, 2016

The Real O'Neals

This is my second article this week about how TV programming is driving the American culture away from Biblical values. This example is far more serious. ABC’s  The Real O’Neals goes beyond just making fun of Christianity along with people of faith and Catholicism in particular, but actually involves offensive over-the-top supposed ‘appearances’ of Jesus in the process. Here’s the story from Charisma News:

It is almost impossible to describe the depth of depravity found in the sitcom The Real O’Neals. It is impossible to list them all, so here are a few scene descriptions from the show:

  • Jesus appears where only the gay son can see and talk to Him, and He is annoyed by the mom’s strict guidelines for her family.
  • The daughter steals money she is supposedly raising for charity.
  • The daughter "attempts to prove" that there is no God in a science fair project.
  • A statue of Mary is kept above the O’Neal’s toilet to remind the boys to put the seat down.
  • The first jab at Jesus comes only 52 seconds into the first episode.
  • The mother encourages her 16-year-old gay son to "try sex" with a girl.
  • Vulgar language 
  • The mom makes pancakes shaped like the face of Jesus to guilt trip her anorexic son into eating.

<Read the whole article>

Response: For years, people of faith were subtly made fun of on TV shows but lately the drum beat has been far more direct and in many cases down right offensive.  In this case the producer of the show, Dan Savage, is an open opponent of Christianity who has made a career out of encouraging hatred toward people of faith in the past and his current series reflects all of that and more.

For some of my more secular readers to more fully appreciate how offensive this show might be to Christians, change the ‘faith’ to Islam and have a segment where Muhammad appears to the gay son instead of Jesus and let Quranic teaching be made fun of instead of the Bible. It would be an unacceptable and outrageous example of Islamophobia in that case.

But it is open season on Christians and Christianity among many in the American intelligentsia today, especially in the media and in entertainment. When the show fails, the network will wonder why and probably never consider the possibility that a hundred or so million American Christians did not like the running anti-religious bias in the show and found it all rather offensive to their faith at the very least.               *Top

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5 Responses to -ABC TV Series Shows ‘Real’ Contempt for Jesus and Christianity?

  1. Brian

    A little background on Dan Savage:
    (this material is quoted from Wikipedia):

    “Savage also came under scrutiny for an April 13, 2012, anti-bullying speech in which he encouraged high school students to “learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people”, prompting some students to leave the auditorium. Savage apologized on April 29 for calling the walkout “a pansy-assed move”, saying, “I wasn’t calling the handful of students who left pansies (2,800+ students, most of them Christian, stayed and listened), just the walkout itself.” Savage stood by the central point of his speech.”

    On the topic of child sexuality, Savage has said:

    We live in a culture that’s hysterical about children and assumes they have no sexual agency or desire. But anyone who can remember what they were like when they were 11 knows that kids are sexual, and whether it was messing around with their cousin, playing doctor with their neighbor, or making passes at people 10 years older, they were horny. So NAMBLA steps out to articulate all this, albeit in its usual highly dysfunctional and creepy way, and because we know what they say to be true on this issue, we’ve got to label them as insane perverts. Any attempt at rational discussion about youth sexuality and intergenerational sex is simply shouted down.

    On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher July 15, 2011, during a panel discussion of the debt limit increase negotiations between the US Congress and President Barack Obama, Savage said in a stand-alone remark, “I wish the Republicans were all f**** dead.”[redacted by me]

  2. Dr. D

    It is amazing to me that such a guy would receive a platform like this to carry on his angry diatribes against Christians and Christianity. It just indicates to me that many of the higher ups in entertainment including executives in ABC/Disney Co must agree with him on some level.

    This goes beyond just business since the show is destined to alienate a large segment of the American population making it really hard to be successful in the long run. TV shows need to last at least 3 seasons or more to make syndication and reruns economically possible. Also advertising on a program like this would seem to me to be risky at best? So revenue streams for this show would naturally be limited and yet ABC and Disney executives give it a valuable network slot anyway?

    Even more outrageous, it is aired at 7:30 PM and offered as ‘family’ entertainment.

  3. Brian

    Do you recall the TV show “Flip it Forward”? Probably not because it never aired. In 2014, David and Jason Benham were scheduled to be hosts of this home improvement show on HGTV. Both were Christians who had (a) lobbied against abortion and (b) opposed same sex marriage.

    Not that their show would have touched or or involved either issue….

    Nevertheless, under considerable pressure from various groups, the show was cancelled before it even aired.

  4. Brian

    Second thought – do you recall the show “Welcome to the Neighborhood?” It, likewise, never aired but the reasons are different.

    The show involved the 4-6 families who lived on an Austin TX cul-de-sac and who would be able to choose (game show style) the new family that would move into their street. Surprise — The candidate families that they had to choose from were all “different” in some fashion. They were wiccans. They were homosexuals. They had a family with a stripper mother, etc.

    The goal of the producers/directors was apparently to display the white, conservative, middle-class, Evangelical residents of the cul-de-sac in an extremely negative light. They were to be portrayed as narrow-minded, hypocritical, bigots.

    Conservative lobbying groups were outraged — but got no hearing from the network.

    Gay groups were upset about the portrayal of the gay family. They got a hearing before the network, and the show never aired.

  5. Dr. D

    Brian, it is amazing that activist groups like this that may represent only 2-5% of the American population get more attention and credibility in a business that depends upon large audiences for success. How does it make any business sense that they end up trumping Christian and more conservative views that actually represent over a hundred million or so?

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