Thanks to Jeff over at Atheocracy for putting me on to this one.
This past weekend stand-up comic Kathy Griffin made some off-color jokes about Christianity while accepting an Emmy for her cable show. In response, Catholic League president Bill Donahue has issued a press release demanding that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences denounce Griffin’s comments.
Were her remarks offensive? Certainly. She ended her speech with a nasty remark that you wouldn’t want anyone saying to your mom, spouse, children, or God and then held up the award and shouted, “This is my god now!” On the other hand, during her acceptance speech she said: “a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.” And you know what? At least on that point, she is right.
Before anyone’s head pops off, let me explain. Do we really buy it when celebrities thank God for their awards? How about when athletes thank God for the three pointer they shot or the touchdown they made? I don’t know these people and I can’t question their sincerity. Nor am I saying that God couldn’t intervene in these situations. But with all that is going on all over the world, I just don’t believe that God cares about entertainment awards or sports.
Which leads me to ask: is it really worth it for the Catholic League or the American Family Association (you know that they are going to get in on this) to go after Griffin? What are they hoping for, an apology? Suppose Donahue gets the Academy to denounce her. What will that amount to? She has already said it. The only thing that all of this indignance and huffing and puffing will accomplish is generating more publicity for Griffin.
Nobody asked, but my suggestion is to let it go and forgive. For that matter, maybe we believers should pray for Griffin. We are supposed to be the ones who turn the other cheek and pray for our enemies, remember? To do otherwise gives Griffin a lot more credibility and power than she deserves.