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Kathy Griffin’s comments draw ire

Kathy Griffin, who recently won an Emmy for her Bravo reality show My Life on the D-List, got into some hot water when accepting the award. We’re used to entertainers who thank “God” for their award, and I remember St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner screaming “THANK YOU, JESUS!” when his team won the Super Bowl a few years ago. Griffin had this to say: “…a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.”

After making an off-color comment about Jesus, she then said, “This award is my god now!”

Griffin drew criticism from the Catholic League, a group that battles anti-defmation. They called on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to “…denounce Griffin’s obscene and blasphemous comment.” (Good luck). A rebroadcast of the ceremony featured Griffin’s comments edited out.

Known for her caustic sense of humor, Griffin said her comments were meant as a joke and had this to say about the criticism: “Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?”

Griffin, of course, is assuming a lot—namely, that she has a sense of humor.

I have never seen Griffin’s show, but I have seen her commercials. Funny isn’t the right word. Annoying is much better. She is a stark reminder to me of just how low the threshold for humor has evolved in America.

If Griffin really wanted to be funny, why attack the tired punching bag of Christianity? Don’t enough comedians already practically make careers out of trashing Christians? Why not make jokes about Islam? Perhaps, “I practically had to sleep with Allah to get this award!” Or she could say, “Thank God I’m not in Afghanistan. If I were, the Taliban would take this trophy, forge it into a knife and slash my throat with it!” Or, perhaps this: “I’m SO glad I won! If I hadn’t, I would’ve gone out, strapped dynamite to my waste and blown up this building!”

Perhaps because Griffin and her defenders know the truth: Christians are easy targets because unlike Islamic extremists, they don’t commit homicide (a.k.a. suicide) bombings. They don’t do forced conversions. They don’t arm children with explosives and send them after soldiers. They don’t storm into houses, killing the men and raping the women and girls. They don’t take hostages and demand the release of criminals. And when Christians commit horrific crimes like blowing up abortion clinics, mainstream Christian leaders are quick to condemn the actions and show no support for them. Christians may verbally condemn Griffin’s actions while other groups resort to violence. Just ask the European cartoonists who practically had to into hiding after drawing cartoons that radical Muslims thought insulted their faith. People died during the spreads of violence, just as they did when Islamofascists protested Pope Benedict XVI’s speech, where he merely quoted a medieval ruler’s critical views on Islam.

Only in America can you trash Christians all you want, but don’t you dare make fun of Muslims, homosexuals or religious minority groups.

BTW, for those Christians offended by Griffin’s comments, lay off her looks. Frankly, I don’t think she’s bad looking.

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