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Posted on 06/09/2005 11:50:50 AM PDT by Dancing Jane
CBS PETITIONED TO PROBE SHOWTIME
Catholic League president William Donohue explained today the leagues strategy for dealing with Showtime, the cable network that recently aired a hate-filled episode of Penn and Teller:
On May 23, 24 and 27, Showtimes Penn and Teller aired the Holier Than Thou episode that has so enraged Catholics, as well as people of all faiths (click here). The obscene assault on Mother Teresa, her Missionaries of Charity and the Catholic Church was arguably the most vicious anti-Catholic fare ever shown on television in the United States. An excerpt of this show was sent to 350 persons of influence, including every bishop who commands a diocese. Now we want results.
Beginning today, we are launching a nation-wide campaign demanding that CBS initiate a probe into this matter. Why CBS? Showtime is owned by Viacom, and Viacom has many subsidiaries in the entertainment and communications industries, none of which is more prominent than CBS. Now it may be that those who work at CBS had nothing to do with the offending Showtime episode. Nonetheless, CBS bears corporate responsibility. Just as important, the famous CBS name has been sullied by what Showtime did.
We are focusing our attention on two persons: Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, and Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network (Showtime is a Paramount TV studio that will remain with CBS even if Viacom splits into two entities this summer). The petition (click here) seeks justice: We want those responsible for this bigoted assault on Catholicism to be held accountable for the damage they have done.
In addition to pushing this petition on our website, we will ask our members to get involved: the July-August edition of Catalyst, our monthly journal, will reprint the petition. We are most proud of the support that we have received from those outside the Catholic community. They know whats at stake and they look to CBS to correct it.
Sorry moderator, I meant to post to religion. Could you move it? Thanks.
Quit my subscription to Showtime over a year ago.
That being said, I don't get Showtime, so their new routine may be quite a bit different from what I've heard.
Isn't that petitioning "the pot" to probe "the kettle"?
Yeah, right, like CBS is a bastion of honesty & decency.
Why isn't the Catholic League addressing the claims of Penn & Teller instead. Those being that her "hospices" provided no medical care, and that those dying at the hospices were not allowed to see their loved ones? That she thought it was important for those who were in the hospice to suffer?
No, let's just try to ban the show instead.
This is extraordinary. How dreadful. Not insult is too low, apparently.
I did not see this "program" on Showtime. Anyone out there see it?
I thought the show was pretty good, myself.
Don't forget, they went after the Dali Lama and Ghandi as well.
Anyone see the show they did on PC in colleges?
Um...because they're Penn & Teller.
Penn is an atheist and derides anyone who follows any religion.
Yes, and I taped it. It was great and very true.
Indeed. Donahue is just like some CAIR flack who sidesteps the issue of the dysfunctional terrorist-breeding Wahabi subculture and its state sponsors.
I don't get Showtime, either, but I've really enjoyed Penn and Tellers 'myth bustin' series the couple of times I've seen it. I wonder if they did some Catholic myth bustin'. Bustin' myths would certainly harm Donahue's beliefs. That's enough reason for him to be afraid.
No, let's just try to ban the show instead.
I didn't see anything in the article that stated that the Catholic League has called for the show to be banned.
Did I miss something?
There is a web site that purports to debunk Mother Teresa and show that she was not as charitable as the media lets on.
I did not go into it so cannot give an opinion ( If I want your opinion I'll give it to you!).
If someone finds it it might shed some light on P&T's show.
It was great and very true.It's true that Mother Teresa's "'hospices' provided no medical care, and that those dying at the hospices were not allowed to see their loved ones? That she thought it was important for those who were in the hospice to suffer"?
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