We should have expected it, the fundamentalist/evangelical march on America is now expanding into the realm of sitcoms! ABC's Good Morning America just had a segment on a new sitcom, "Pastor Greg," featuring a born-again Christian and his comic adventures.
The show is produced by Christian Cornerstone Television for 100 markets, and written, directed and guest-starred by born-again Gregg Robins (the first episode airs later this week, if you'd like to catch it).
Now, if I were a fundamentalist Christian hearing about a new overtly atheistic show to be aired on TV, what would I do? Well, I'd start writing to the TV studios threatening a boycott, I'd organize a protest march in front of the studios were the show is being filmed, I'd write hate letters to the writer and to the producer, and I'd be going around all day mad as hell. That would be the (fundamentalist) Christian thing to do.
Instead, I'm simply amused and a bit saddened. I'm amused by the fact that the "culture wars" have expanded to include such a pathetic attempt at making converts (one of the stated goals of the new show); I'm saddened by the fact that it will probably work, at least for some people. Such is the regrettably low level of spiritual maturity of a large section of the American people.
Spirituality, in the broad sense of the word, is a serious matter, and even Jesus (if in fact he ever existed) had something interesting (if a bit muddled) to say about it (better by far to go with Socrates, however). Spirituality is something that any well-adjusted person has, included godless atheists such as myself, but it has very little to do with the simplistic worldview of people who claim to take the Bible/Gospels literally (because, you know, it's the Word of God), and yet refuse to stone people who break the Sabbath. Tsk, tsk, what would Jesus say to that, I wonder?
Incidentally, I ain't making the stoning thing up. Here is the original Word of God (Numbers, King James Version):
32And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
36And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.