Friday, February 03, 2006

God does have a funny bone

No doubt many people would cite their religious or spiritual beliefs as one of the most important things in their lives. Hell, I'd say mine was pretty integral to my existence. Weird and slightly undefined, but integral nonetheless.

What I can't understand are people who can't take a joke.

There's currently a huge uproar in the Muslim world over cartoons that were published in a Danish newspaper. These cartoons depict the Prophet Mohammad (which is a no-no) and depict him farcically (which is a BIG no-no). Flags are being burned, buildings are being ransacked, etc. Calls for apologies from Denmark's government are being made. The Danes are declining to do this, citing the right of free speech.

Good for them.

Here at home, the ever vigilant American Family Association is calling for a boycott of "Will & Grace" because of an upcoming episode that they believe mocks the crucifixion of Christ. Supposedly the gay TV network featured on the show is taken over by a Christian broadcaster and they decide run a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's."

Stupid pun, yes, but hardly something to get bent out of shape about.

People just need to relax.

True faith means you believe what you believe, regardless of what other people think, do, or say. What's the point at getting offended about humor? If you don't find it funny, that's fine. Don't buy the paper. Don't watch the show. But why raise such a hue and cry about it? If anything, that draws more attention to the joke. I'm certainly not Danish, so I'd never have heard of these cartoons if hard-line Muslims hadn't raised a stink.

Now I wanna see dem toonz.

Likewise, I've never seen "Will & Grace", nor have I ever had the urge to tune in.

Now I might.

After all, Brittney Spears will be a guest on the show.

And you know what a draw SHE is.

(Yes, that last bit was a sarcastic joke. I now fully expect to be burned in effigy by rabid Brittney worshippers.)

Today's dose of hue and cry:

John Coltrane - Lush Life
(from the bop to the blues)

Ministry - Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed & the Way to Suck Eggs
(Paul and Al turn it up to 11)

Various - Thinner Volume 01
(uhnst uhnst uhnst uhnst)

Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks - It's Raining In My Bedroom
(gorgeous DIY electronic)

Freq. Magnet - Principium Somniferum
(audio hallucinations)


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