Larry David, who has a series on HBO – Curb Your Enthusiasm – has finally reached a new low. I used to enjoy his show. It was funny; his self deprecating humor and his lack of reverence for the politically correct was refreshing.
Late yesterday, I read a story on BigHollywood about his latest episode where he does his own version of “Piss Christ”. Today, it’s big news on the Fox website with an attached poll.
“Was Larry David always this crude? Would he think it’s comedic if someone urinated on a picture of his mother?” [Bill] Donohue [president of the Catholic League] said in a statement. “This might be fun to watch, but since HBO only likes to dump on Catholics (it was just a couple of weeks ago that Sarah Silverman insulted Catholics on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’) and David is Jewish, we’ll never know.”
Donohue is right. HBO “entertainers” only do dump on Catholics, and by extension, Christians. As far as I’m concerned, any attack on a Catholic is an attack on all Christians. It would be no different if his “jokes” were aimed at Baptists or Methodists. A Christian is a Christian, no matter what church they belong to, just as there are numerous sects of Muslims.
And this is not the first episode that David has made parody of Catholics. A few years ago, one episode dealt with losing a blessed nail (reminiscent of the crucifixion of Christ) that belonged to his father-in-law.
Can you imagine the death threats against David and HBO execs if this had been “satire and parody” about Muhammad?
This illustrates better than anything the difference between Christians and Muslims. Christians are not issuing fatwas. They are not calling and threatening the lives of HBO executives and their families. They are not taking to the streets and burning effigies of Larry David. Unlike Islamists, Christians do not turn to violence in situations like this. No one will find Larry David dead on a street corner (as Theo Van Gogh was at the hand of an Islamofacist) because he offended their sacred beliefs and images of God.
When will Jews realize that Christians, and Catholics in particular, are the best friends they have? Was it the Pope who proclaimed that Israel must be erased from the face of the earth? Are there warheads in Vatican City aimed at Tel Aviv?
Most incredibly, Jews, Christians (and supposedly) Muslims all worship the same God.