"If the goal is to lure young people to take a closer look at Jesus, the Son of God, that is noble… But if so, it is not a good sociological sign: Must we debase Jesus to make him real? It will be interesting to see how the show develops, and how the audience reacts to the Jesus message, however twisted his delivery."
- President of the Catholic League Bill Donahue addresses Adult Swim's new show Black Jesus in an official statement calling the show's depiction of Jesus a "mixed bag" who has "many redeeming qualities."
Famous Catholic Stephen Colbert gave the keynote at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner last night, a notorious white-tie charity dinner hosted by the Archbishop of New York, currently Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Colbert is the first comedian to give the keynote since Bob Newhart in 1999, and he was well-prepared. Here are a couple of the choicest quotes:
"I am proud to be America's most famous Catholic. And I'm sure the cardinal is thinking, 'Stephen, pride is a sin.' Well, cardinal, so is envy, so we're even."
On Al Smith, who ran for president in 1928 and is how honored by the annual dinner:
Al Smith was "the first [...]
Oh, did you know Ricky Gervais was an atheist? Me neither! It's not like he's always talking about it. He's currently embroiled in a verbal sparring match with a Twitter user named @GodsWordIsLaw, a representative for Minnesota's Christians for a Moral World. Sigh. It is a thankless job, but someone has to permanently and single-handedly dismantle every Christian person's beliefs, one by one, via a 140-character microblogging platform.