WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins today joined concerned religious and pro-family leaders for a tele-news conference condemning Viacom's Comedy Central station over its planned upcoming show, "JC." The show will be a situation comedy about God and his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Perkins was joined by fellow members of the Citizens Against Religious Bigotry (CARB), a coalition created in response to Comedy Central's show. In attendance were Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, nationally syndicated talk radio host Michael Medved, Catholic League President Bill Donahue, American Alliance of Jews and Christians President Rabbi Daniel Lapin, and Parents Television Council President Tim Winter.
Regarding the proposed show, Perkins released the following statement:
"All of us can tolerate and even welcome discussion over religious differences. But when it comes to mocking the person Christians believe was God in the flesh, the savior of the world, under the guise of humor, we're compelled to speak out.
"We do this without rancor but with a deep sense of pain. Jesus is not a comedic figure, an innocuous adolescent in white robes. He is the eternal Son of God, through whom, the Bible teaches, the universe was created. Rather than diminishing Him, we should bow before Him with our lives and hearts."
Perkins also released the following statement regarding Comedy Central's double standard for treatment of Christianity and Islam:
"When Christians attempt a serious discussion over Islam, they are labeled as intolerant and bigoted, but Comedy Central's treatment of Christianity is condoned and tolerated as humor. Comedy Central seems to confuse Christian peacefulness as weakness, and has taken advantage of it through their programming. But when advertisers are alerted to this type of programming, I do believe they'll communicate with Viacom and tell them they don't want their products associated with a show like 'JC.'"
SOURCE Family Research Council