How does Family Guy plan to celebrate Christmas? By dropping a big lump of coal onto your TV screen. The holiday special for the controversial cartoon wants to be really, really edgy - so they're ripping off the plot of Judd Apatow's 2005 sex comedy and adding a big helping of blasphemy. On radio this morning, Glenn read the episode description for the '2,000-Year-Old-Virgin' and reacted the only way that he could.
The episode description explains: "After running into Jesus at the Quahog Mall, Peter is stunned to discover that the Son of God is still a virgin. So, he enlists Quagmire and Cleveland to help him throw Jesus the best birthday ever by finding a way to help him become a man."
"Family Guy, this Sunday, it's an edgy cartoon known for pushing boundaries. It aired a Christmas-inspired episode Sunday night about Jesus that apparently has some viewers angry," Glenn said. "Virtually all Christians. Others are saying that this is the bravest show on television. Let me explain something about bravery. It is not brave to do the things that the elite and the powerful agree with."
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Glenn couldn't understand why the show would want to turn Jesus Christ into a joke. Even if you dismissed the divinity aspect and just focused on the historical actions, no one has inspired more great leaders than Jesus.
"Can you tell me one man that has changed the world for the better, made people more peaceful, more decent, more honorable than Jesus?" Glenn asked. "I'm talking about the man and his message. Martin Luther King: Jesus-inspired. Gandhi: Jesus-inspired. Abraham Lincoln: Jesus-inspired. I could go on from there. But a lot of people will disagree that the founders were even good."
"But every great act, every great truly great freeing act was inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ. Why would we take down just that man? Why would we make him into a joke? Out of all the people you can joke about, out of all the things you can do, and did we sit here as a nation and laugh as he was mocked? Why not put him up on the pillar again? Why not whip him and beat him? Why not just publicly humiliate him? Why not just tear his clothing from him, spit on him, and when he asks for water, give him vinegar."