Friday, January 25, 2008

No Courage or Creativity: Hostility to Christianity

I am sick and tired of being assaulted and insulted by the writers, producers, actors, and sponsors of NBC’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. In the past this show has taken overt shots at Christians in various different ways. From adulterous and incestuous ministers to intolerance to a homosexual child that sets the stage for murdering a homosexual prostitute, there is no lack of portraying Christians as being intolerant, bigoted, racist, and incompetent. But on the Tuesday January 22nd episode, “Inconceivable”, most of these same stereotypical shots were taken.

The story is starts when a case of fertilized eggs are stolen from a fertility clinic. It turns out that masterminds behind the theft were the leaders of a pro-life group, the Justice Defense League. The plan goes wrong and the fertilized eggs are not returned in time and so they all die. In a twist, the leader of the action group is killed by a husband whose dead wife’s eggs were frozen and kept in that container.

The only reason why I paid a little attention to the show is that in the first five minutes, the big case was handed down to the star detectives with a statement that went something like this: “I know that stolen goods do not qualify as the special victims, but if 50 potential babies don’t qualify, then I don’t know what does.” The simple fact that the premise that fertilized embryos are “potential babies” was set out from the beginning really irked me. And other than the Justice Defense League being the primary villains in this episode, they are also charged with being anti-gay and racist. When the issue of adoption of the embryos that are discarded arises, one of the detectives makes the comment that you can’t adopt a child if you’re gay but only if you’re “white and Christian”. It was also no coincidence that this episode aired on the 35th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states.

If the writers of this show wanted to be controversial and provocative as well as to make statements about people who are mistreated and misunderstood, why don’t they write about honor killings? That happens all over the world and it may have even happened in the U.S. Why won’t they? Well, they’re afraid, of course. Cowards are like bullies, and they pick on people who will not fight back with the same kind of tactics (or worse) that they use. If they were to make a TV show that cast fundamental Muslims in a negative light because of honor killings, they’d be afraid for their lives.

No more “Law and Order” for me. They’re cowards and bullies. They are picking on Christians because we won’t fight back, but they are not addressing real abuses that happen daily because they’re afraid of the consequences.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, the show has tackled both honor killings and female genital mutilation.

jjfamily said...

EJ,

It was good to read some of your thoughts. I am amazed at how much you have here. This is my second comment ever. You must enjoy blogging. Keep up the good work.

And Congrats on Child number three. I watched the video of your boys being spun around - pretty funny.

In Christ
Jason Johnson

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