I shouldn't be very surprised that here in my home state of Indiana, the NBC affiliate in Terre Haute will not carry the show. This isn't exactly the most gay-friendly place to live. But I am thinking the so-called Christians need to check out what is going on in their own back yard:
Tulsa pastor arrested on lewdness accusation
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel, police said. Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked into Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of offering to engage in an act of lewdness, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker said. Latham was released on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon. Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer to join him in his hotel room for oral sex. Latham was arrested and his 2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded, Becker said. Calls to Latham at his church were not immediately returned Wednesday. The arrest took place in the parking lot of the Habana Inn, which is in an area where the public has complained about male prostitutes flagging down cars, Becker said. The plainclothes officers was investigating these complaints. The lewdness charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Latham is one of four Southern Baptist Convention executive committee members from Oklahoma. He spoke out last year against a measure, ultimately approved by voters, to expand tribal gaming. He has also spoken out against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern Baptist Convention directive urging its 42,000 churches to befriend gays and lesbians and try to convince them that they can become heterosexual "if they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their 'sinful, destructive lifestyle." The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Jan. 04, 2006
I'd have to say that all in not well and these "Talibangelists" live in glass houses. You know how the saying goes...."Those who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones."
This show just is not controversial in the ways I might have expected. But somehow, I thought controversial would be Jesus saying liberal stuff. Not the priest saying it. Who cares what a priest says! Who's he anyway? Seriously, I just have never really "got" that. Why one human would be so incredibly respected. It's more like you're supposed to respect everybody. Not just the man who gets paid to talk to you. I don't think priests or pastors (or whatever your particular religion calls them)is above any of the rest of us. They are mere mortal, just like you and I- with the same faults and foibles as the rest of us.
I felt that the show was a little over done but I appreciate the real issues that it dealt with and the portrayal of Jesus as a loving best friend, and not a fireball throwing vengeful deity. I suppose I was expecting more of a "Six Feet Under" feel to the show. I miss that show, but perhaps that is too much to hope for with network TV.
I've been thinking a lot recently about Christianity and will cover my thoughts on that in an upcoming post.