Was Eucharist fair game? But Faith gets forgiveness
Public Radio International has apologized for a recent skit on Fair Game with Faith Salie that recommended an imaginary “Huckabee family recipe” for “Deep-Fried Body of Christ — boring holy wafers no more,” the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said yesterday. The recipe skit was one of several based on weight problems of the preacher/presidential candidate (here’s another), but this one was pulled from the nightly comic interview show’s website, the league said, concluding: “We are satisfied with this outcome — it effectively ends this issue.”
I fully realize this is Monday-morning quarterbacking...but why does this feel a lot like PRI rolled over and muzzled Faith Salie? I mean, come on! They apologized to the Catholic League? This is the same group even the Pope thought wasn't very Christian.
(yes, that's a joke...read here if you haven't seen the South Park episode about it)
I'd like to think that PRI put up a fight for free speech and only backed down when it was clear the League was ready to go to extreme lengths to make everyone's life difficult. But somehow I doubt that.
I also find it interesting that the League insidiously choose to go over a Fair Game affiliate...namely KCPW in Salt Lake City, Utah, a station that's no doubt always on the hot seat when it comes to religious issues...rather than complain directly to Fair Game's producer, WNYC. Or the distributor, PRI. And here's the real clincher:
Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:
“We are lodging a complaint with Ed Sweeney, KCPW’s general manager. This kind of programming would be over-the-top on a shock-jock station, never mind a station funded by the taxpayers. We would also like to know who was behind this assault on Jesus. Therefore, we are asking for an investigation.”
Ummm...if you'd listened to the show, Bill...I think you'd know. It was Faith Salie and the rest of the staff of Fair Game. No real big mystery, there, dude. But of course, demanding an investigation sounds a lot more intimidating and scary.
And isn't the Catholic League based in New York? Why the hell did they go after a station in Salt Lake City?!?!?! Shouldn't they be complaining to WNYC?!?
(Yes, I know the answer is because they knew WNYC would not be so easily intimidated as a smaller station in a smaller market that happens to be in the most religiously-charged city in the country. This is what's known as a "rhetorical question".)
And don't get me started about the "station funded by the taxpayers" bit...never mind the fact that taxpayer dollars make up perhaps 5% of a pubradio stations' revenue...never mind that commercial radio conglomerates get far more in dollar values in tax breaks/corporate welfare than pubradio stations will ever see...isn't a religion talking about another group being a burden on taxpayers the same as the proverbial pot calling the kettle black?
Man, I'm getting outraged again...I need to pay less attention to the world. :-/