Brent Bozell of The Parents Television Council says NBC is being hostile to Christians.
“Now NBC is planning to air a concert special featuring Madonna on the Cross, wearing a crown of thorns. This is Madonna doing her utmost to deliberately insult the Christian faith. Incredibly NBC executive Kevin Reilly has gone on the record to state NBC’s position on this bigotry: ‘We viewed it and didn’t see it as being inappropriate,'" he said.
“What he is saying, loudly and unequivocally, is that NBC’s official position is that it is appropriate to insult Christians. This attitude toward Christianity is inexcusable. It’s also a shocking double standard.
“In February of this year, NBC Nightly News chose not to show the cartoons that so offended the Muslim community. On February 7, Allison Gollust, an NBC spokeswoman, was quoted saying, ‘We felt that in order to convey the essence of the story it was not necessary to show the entire cartoon.’"
Bozell and the Catholic League's William Donohue make the same point: We can't offend Muslims because they're quick to riot. But it's OK to offend Christians.
That's partly because Christians have more tolerance. And please don't refer back to the Middle Ages because we'd like to think we've progessed since then.
It does make you wonder about NBC's Standards and Practices unit, which should have put the clamps on trampy, money-grubbing Madonna right away. It's broacast TV, and these are still public airwaves.