It is hard to say that anyone is surprised that a coalition of religious leaders went after the proposed Comedy Central show JC. For anyone not in the know JC will be a thirty minute animated sitcom which stars Jesus Christ and God. The concept of the show has Jesus moving out to get away from the shadow of his dad (God), and moving to New York City. His dad on the other hand is apathetic and would much rather play video games than listen to Jesus’ problems living in the city.
The group going after Comedy Central calls themselves the Coalition Against Religious Bigotry (CARB). The Hollywood Reporter said it best of what irony there would be if the “R” and “A” were flipped and they were CRAB (people).
Some of the heavy hitters in CARB include Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, popular talk show host Michael Medved, and Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. They want advertisers to boycott they show which they claim mocks their religion.
It really should be noted that at this point there really isn’t any show. There isn’t even a pilot. There isn’t even a script. JC was in the early early pre-production stages so nothing at this point was for certain.
So right now all CARB is doing is setting up a boycott only on principle.
They also argue that there is a double standard on Comedy Central because South Park caved under pressure to censor the prophet Mohammad from an episode, but has no problem satirizing Jesus Christ (that one I can’t actually dispute, Comedy Central and South Park folded like a cheap card table.)
Frankly to me the show seems pretty damn funny, and of all people, if South Park is any indication, Jesus should be treated as a pretty interesting character and not just a two dimensional parody.