Catholic League president Bill Donohue doesn’t care for Jesus: The Lost 40 Days. But did he watch it? At least it was down at number 7 out of 8 on his grumpy list. I agree with him on Filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, disagree on the History Channel documentary, and find the rest of his list mildly humorous but mostly yawn-inspiring. I might agree with him on the boring points after three glasses of wine, particularly when it comes to Spring Spheres.
April 21, 2011
Catholic League president Bill Donohue notices how the crazies always surface at Eastertime:
Consider the Easter gifts Christians have been graced with this year:
• Ricky Gervais felt the need to offer a very public "Holiday Message," notifying the world that though he is not a Christian, he is a very Christ-like person. It is revealing that this British atheist couldn’t find a single secular humanist to model himself after.
• Lady Gaga, who admits to being "confused" about religion, offered more proof of her addled state by choosing to release her single, "Judas," this weekend. It begins with, "I’m in love with Judas."
• Third graders at a Seattle school were told they must call Easter Eggs "Spring Spheres," though the kids refused to cooperate.
• Adults in Munson Township, Ohio were ordered to call their Easter Egg Hunt the Egg Hunt. Watch for it to be banned next year.
• Filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, who a few years ago entertained us with the hoax about Jesus’ tomb, is back again, this time claiming he found two nails used to crucify Jesus. He is looking in vain to find an archaeologist who might believe him.
• Evangelist Rob Bell made the cover of Time, and that’s because they like his "Happy Meal" approach to Christianity: sin and evil don’t exist, just sugar and spice and everything nice.
• The History Channel is gifting us with "Jesus: The Lost 40 Days," based on the "lost gospels," not the real ones. Nice to know more weight is given to writings which were penned in the second and third centuries rather than in the first.
• On Good Friday, James Frey—the same guy Oprah sized up as a fraud—will introduce his book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible: he portrays Jesus as an alcoholic who lives in a filthy Bronx apartment, smokes dope, kisses men and impregnates prostitutes. Frey is agnostic on the question of whether Jesus ever worked for the New York Times.
Contrary to our skeptics, we don’t make these things up—we just note them.