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Viacom's Showtime Slanders Mother Teresa
NewsMax ^ | 5/25/05 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 05/25/2005 4:57:31 PM PDT by wagglebee

When shareholders of media conglomerate Viacom show up for their annual meeting tomorrow, they'll face the wrath of Catholic League President Dr. William Donahue over a shocking Showtime episode that slandered the late Mother Teresa and her order of nuns in the vilest of terms.

According to Donahue, who plans a press conference in front of the hotel in New York City where the Viacom meeting is being held, an episode of Showtime's Penn and Teller show "Holier Than Thou” was a "Nazi-like assault on Catholicism, and on the person the show calls "Mother F***ing Teresa.” Showtime is owned by Viacom.

Stormed Donahue, "In the 12 years that I have been president of the Catholic League, I have never witnessed a more vicious attack on Catholicism than what appeared this week on the Showtime program, ‘Penn and Teller.’ The episode, ‘Holier Than Thou,’ was a frontal assault on Mother Teresa and her order of nuns, Missionaries of Charity (as well as Gandhi and the Dali Lama).

"Like most Americans, I like parodies and have no problem, per se, with irreverent humor. But when humor becomes insult, that is a different story. And that is what happens here: comedy quickly morphs to vitriol. Indeed, as the show progresses, the level of anger becomes palpable and the degree of distortion becomes mindboggling. This is no comedy—it is Nazi propaganda right out of the Leni Riefenstahl school of filmmaking.

"The Mother Teresa that the world has come to love and revere is made to look like a cruel, exploitative, self-serving nun who ripped off the poor. We are told that Mother Teresa intentionally let the poor suffer, providing neither beds nor bathroom facilities. ‘She had the f***ing coin and pissed it away on nunneries,’ says Penn. As for the nuns who worked with Mother Teresa, they are referred to as ‘f***ing c***s.’

"It does not bother me when they call me ‘Catholic Boy’ on the show (though the term ‘Jew Boy’ would never cross their lips), nor does it concern me when they talk about ‘f**ers like Bill Donohue [who] only see good in her.’ But when they mock the Catholic Church’s teaching on the meaning of suffering, and when they say of the poor that ‘They had to suffer so that Mother F***ing Teresa could be enlightened,’ then they are behaving like monsters.

"We will mail a tape of select portions of this broadcast to many interested parties, including the bishops. And we will hold a press conference tomorrow outside the hotel where Viacom is holding its annual stockholders meeting. They haven’t heard the end of this yet.”

Donohue, who will be joined by some Catholic League staff members, said he will answer any questions following a few remarks. He promised that copies the Catholic League news release on this subject, "Mother F***ing Teresa—Courtesy of Viacom,” will be distributed to Viacom shareholders as they enter the hotel.


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This is possibly the most disgusting thing I have ever seen!
1 posted on 05/25/2005 4:57:32 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: NYer; Salvation

Very urgent ping!


2 posted on 05/25/2005 4:58:05 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

don't watch it


3 posted on 05/25/2005 4:59:25 PM PDT by mlo
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To: wagglebee

Ping pls.


4 posted on 05/25/2005 5:00:42 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa
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To: wagglebee
Muslims good, Mother Teresa bad.

What are these people trying to accomplish, what is their agenda?

5 posted on 05/25/2005 5:01:23 PM PDT by BIGZ
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To: wagglebee

Sometimes, it's as if people get offended just so people can be offended.


6 posted on 05/25/2005 5:01:29 PM PDT by Kace
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To: wagglebee

Calling CABLEVISION and dropping SHOWTIME as I type this.

Will be passing this info to over 15k other Catholics


7 posted on 05/25/2005 5:01:46 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: Kace
So you don't find this offensive?

I guess it wouldn't bother you if there was a TV show referring to every women in your family in the most vulgar terms imaginable.

8 posted on 05/25/2005 5:04:40 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: BIGZ; All

Remember a year ago they defamed Reagan as he lay dying.


9 posted on 05/25/2005 5:05:47 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: NYer; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ..

Catholic Ping - Anti-Catholic story


10 posted on 05/25/2005 5:07:15 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: Kace

Kace
Since May 24, 2005



DU misses You.


11 posted on 05/25/2005 5:07:53 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: wagglebee

With the Oriana Fallaci lawsuit in mind, maybe the Catholic League and other organizations like that ought to take a page from the Muslims and SUE! I am serious. Wouldn't that make a great statement? We Catholics are offended and are taking you to court.

Can you imagine some left wing commedians like these creeps ever assailing and demeaning Islam the way they do Catholicism? You can't do that because Islam is protected by "PC" for some reason. So maybe Christian groups ought to start getting more proactive and take these people to court. I know it sounds crazy, but look how Muslim groups are suing people who offend them.


12 posted on 05/25/2005 5:09:33 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: ahadams2; keilimon; Hermann the Cherusker; wagglebee; St. Johann Tetzel; AnalogReigns; GatorGirl; ..
Thoroughly disgusting!

Traditional Anglican ping, continued in memory of its founder Arlin Adams.

FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this moderately high-volume ping list (typically 3-7 pings/day).
This list is pinged by sionnsar and newheart.

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Speak the truth in love. Eph 4:15

13 posted on 05/25/2005 5:11:24 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† || Iran Azadi || Fraud in WA: More votes than voters!)
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To: wagglebee

Calm down. It's not like they flushed a Koran or anything important. We are just talking about Catholics here and everybody knows they are fair game.
/sarcasm


14 posted on 05/25/2005 5:12:14 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: TNCMAXQ

I think this should be publicized in every Catholic church in America. There are more than enough Catholics in this country to just about ruin Viacom. Mother Teresa was one of the most beloved people of the 20th century.


15 posted on 05/25/2005 5:13:04 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Penn & Teller mock religion. It's what they do.

Penn & Teller would never mock Islam, because it could get them killed. But Catholics, Evangelicals and Orthodox Jews are fair game.


16 posted on 05/25/2005 5:15:14 PM PDT by Alouette (The only thing learned from history is that nobody ever learns from history.)
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To: sionnsar

feel free to use it as a guideline for crafting your own email or letter.


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Faye Katz, Publicist
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17 posted on 05/25/2005 5:15:26 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: Kace; Selkie; MeekOneGOP

I predict the big Z is just over the horizon! Take a snif!


18 posted on 05/25/2005 5:17:11 PM PDT by MarineBrat
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To: BIGZ
Actually, here's an quote from Penn re: Islam (full article here): 'People have to realize that having an imaginary friend may be dangerous. When 9/11 hit, the second thing I said to myself was, "This really is what religious people do." Those people flying the plane were very good, very pious, truly faithful believers. There's no other way to paint them. Of course, they are extremists by definition, but they certainly aren't going against Islam in any real way.'
19 posted on 05/25/2005 5:18:51 PM PDT by GeoGreg
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To: mlo; BIGZ; wagglebee; Selkie; TNCMAXQ; goldfinch; sionnsar




Mother Theresa was a sham and no saint. She never performed any miracles. Her and her dictator friends.


20 posted on 05/25/2005 5:23:35 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell
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To: Alouette
Penn & Teller would never mock Islam, because it could get them killed. But Catholics, Evangelicals and Orthodox Jews are fair game.

And that's hypocritical Bull**it.

21 posted on 05/25/2005 5:25:45 PM PDT by perfect stranger (I need new glasses.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Would you care to go into details about this?


22 posted on 05/25/2005 5:26:11 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: MarineBrat; All
Paying a little visit there to tomorrow. Dear Stockholder:

You are cordially invited to attend the 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Viacom Inc., which will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (at 46th Street), Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor, New York, New York at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on Thursday, May 26, 2005.

Holders of Viacom Class A Common Stock are being asked to vote on the matters listed in the attached Notice of 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

23 posted on 05/25/2005 5:27:29 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Forget a sarcasm tag right ?


24 posted on 05/25/2005 5:28:11 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: wagglebee
We are told that Mother Teresa intentionally let the poor suffer, providing neither beds nor bathroom facilities.

Wow, I don't provide those things either.
I guess I am disgusting too.

25 posted on 05/25/2005 5:29:16 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: LauraleeBraswell
'dictator'? 'sham'?

Enlighten me. Please. This oughta be good.

26 posted on 05/25/2005 5:30:56 PM PDT by AshfieldK
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To: wagglebee

Showtime is the all gay all the time network, I am not shocked to find their work to be anti-Catholic and insulting, it is their trademark these days.


27 posted on 05/25/2005 5:31:38 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Only God performs miracles Mr. Hitchens.


28 posted on 05/25/2005 5:31:56 PM PDT by pbear8 (Navigatrix, Tomas Torquemada Gentleman's Club - Ladies Auxiliary)
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To: AshfieldK

Lauralee's About Me explains her views on Christianity.
::rolls eyes::


30 posted on 05/25/2005 5:37:56 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: wagglebee



Maybe she wasn't THAT BAD although she's taken stolen money that she knew was stolen. Charles Keating- but she is absolutely overated and NOT a saint. She was no Pope John Paul! Can you name one miracle she performed?!


31 posted on 05/25/2005 5:38:12 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell
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To: LauraleeBraswell
Mother Teresa was not a sham, in your judgment maybe, but to be sham Mother Teresa had to be counterfeit, or feign something, or make false pretenses. Mother Teresa did none of these things. The good work that Mother Teresa accomplished in her lifetime in itself was a Miracle.

Dictator friends?

Mother Teresa did not crash planes into the Trade Center or Pentagon. The terrorists who crashed planes were saints?

32 posted on 05/25/2005 5:39:30 PM PDT by BIGZ
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To: Selkie



Don't roll your eyes. I have allot of respect for Christians. Pope John Paul the Great is one of my favorite figures. Educated and Brilliant.

Mother Theresa was OVER RATED.


33 posted on 05/25/2005 5:41:26 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell
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To: LauraleeBraswell

How long until you can legally buy a beer in the US ?


34 posted on 05/25/2005 5:43:02 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: MarineBrat

I believe 5,000 Catholics rioting and beating the hell out of Viacom stockowners would send a message. It worked for the Islamics who rioted about the Koran.


35 posted on 05/25/2005 5:43:11 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: MarineBrat

This Penn and Teller crap angers me, but I'd never consider instigating violence to defend the honor of my Church. Instead, I'll be sure to bring this Showtime incident up in every conversation that can concievably drawn in its direction. I'll also make up a bunch a stuff about them them that I 'heard somewhere.' Like maltreatment to animals, that Penn and Teller are married to each other, that Showtime once fired some guy for reading the Bible on his lunch hour...


36 posted on 05/25/2005 5:43:46 PM PDT by AshfieldK
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Can you be certain the money was stolen? Did she claim to have performed miracles? As you claim to not to be a Christian, what then do you consider a saint? Why did JPII think so highly of her and take steps to canonize her if she was a "sham"? Who are the dictators in her life? If she wasn't "that bad" what did she do that was "somewhat" bad?


37 posted on 05/25/2005 5:44:27 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Mother Theresa was OVER RATED.>>>>.


Okay so in your opinion who are examples of well known people who are more worthwhile and saintly than Mother Theresa ?


38 posted on 05/25/2005 5:45:42 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: wagglebee

People who don't believe in religion are so angry at people who do. Why is that? Jealousy? I don't know...it always amazes me the level of rage it illicits.


39 posted on 05/25/2005 5:46:06 PM PDT by Hildy ( The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue)
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To: sgtbono2002
Ill be there tomorrow. Non violently of course. And am trying to get other NYC area Catholic/Christians to attend last minute.

You are cordially invited to attend the 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Viacom Inc., which will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (at 46th Street), Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor, New York, New York at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on Thursday, May 26, 2005.

40 posted on 05/25/2005 5:48:02 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: BIGZ



I'm in no way equating Mother Teresa to Osama Bin Ladden.

She's absolutely over rated. There are many more people who have done even better things but didn't get a documentary made about them. The only reason she's well known is because of the 1969 documentary "Something Beautiful for God."


41 posted on 05/25/2005 5:48:49 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell
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To: Selkie

BTTT


42 posted on 05/25/2005 5:50:02 PM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: Selkie
Yeah. I am a Deist. I believe in right and wrong through reason.

Isn't this what we call the 'tyranny of relativism'? As if right and wrong are products of human thought. 'Right and wrong' to an Islamist terrorist butcher would be just as valid as 'right and wrong' to, say...., Mother Theresa. Therefore and ergo, 'right and wrong' are at the same time contradictory, complementary, and synonymous - QED!

43 posted on 05/25/2005 5:50:20 PM PDT by AshfieldK
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To: wagglebee
"comedy quickly morphs to vitriol"

Very apt description of lefty 'humor'.

44 posted on 05/25/2005 5:50:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: LauraleeBraswell; Chieftain

I understand there is some conflict as to who Mother Theresa accepted money from and true, she was not "perfect" but she did what I never would have accepted a calling to do. She was not a political person and did what she could, which is so much more than I would do. She did much good and gave out a spiritual message of giving and caring. Moreover, she never thought of herself as holier than thou which I admire in her.

She was a very devout Catholic yet never pressured anyone to accept her beliefs. She would say to someone," You pray your Hindu prayer while I sit here and pray with you with my Christian prayer." That is pretty spiritual in my book.


45 posted on 05/25/2005 5:51:11 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11!)
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To: wagglebee
I am Anglo-Catholic rather than Catholic, but ya know they can say anything they'd like about "Saint Teresa" and it doesn't make a hill of beans. Mother Teresa is now in heaven with the other Saints, Angels, Archangels and all the company of heaven, in the presence of the Almighty Father and Jesus. Let'em go on, who cares. If your a child of God, you'd know that this is supposed to happen. The WORLD will persecute you, slander you, and put you to death for your faith. Glory be to God.
46 posted on 05/25/2005 5:52:13 PM PDT by proud_2_B_texasgal (Disclaimer: All races listed above are ONLY examples .. no nasty emails please!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Anyone who wants to call Mother Teresa "overrated" should walk a day in her shoes first.

47 posted on 05/25/2005 5:55:47 PM PDT by Selkie ("There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
Mother Theresa was a sham and no saint. She never performed any miracles. Her and her dictator friends.

Mother Teresa devoted her life to the poor, selflessly subjecting herself to a life of poverty.
You've no idea what you're talking about.

Out of curiosity though, name some of these "dictator friends" of hers.

48 posted on 05/25/2005 5:56:05 PM PDT by jla
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Can you believe some FReepers are so jaded they nit-pick Mother Teresa?? Sheesh....

Spirituality, what's that? < /sarcasm>

49 posted on 05/25/2005 5:56:57 PM PDT by Chieftain (Thanks to the Swift Boat Veterans, Vietnam Veterans, and POW's for Truth for standing tall.)
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To: Selkie

I live 6 hours away or I would be with you. I hope you get a crowd.


50 posted on 05/25/2005 5:57:23 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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