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FOX’S “FAMILY GUY” SLANDERS GAY PRIESTS
Catholic League ^ | 10/21/2008 | staff

Posted on 10/21/2008 11:18:11 AM PDT by kellynla

In the October 19 episode of Fox’s “Family Guy,” characters Brian (the family dog) and Stewie (the family child) travel in a time machine to rescue Mort Goldman (a Jewish family-friend) from the Nazi invasion of Poland. After Brian and Stewie disguise Mort as a priest to get him out of the country, a Nazi officer asks Mort, “Are you sure you’re a real priest?” Stewie replies, “Yeah, yeah, I can vouch for him, he’s real. He’s molested me many, many times.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“To its credit, the Fox News Channel has criticized its broadcast sister station, Fox, for what happened on last Sunday’s episode. But the criticism only dealt with the implication that Nazis would have supported the McCain-Palin ticket. However, there is also the matter of slandering all gay priests. While it is true that most of the molesters in the Catholic clergy have been gay, most gay priests are not molesters.

“A disturbing pattern has emerged on ‘Family Guy.’ On at least three occasions, it has mocked the Eucharist, and now it is targeting gay priests. The brains behind these assaults is Seth MacFarlane. He is not only the show’s creator, he is a big Barack Obama supporter. This may explain his animus against McCain-Palin, but it is not clear why an Obama fan would find it necessary to beat up on gay priests. After all, Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, just yesterday said he is against Proposition 8, the California resolution that would limit marriage to a man and a woman. Thus did he lay down stakes with the radical gay community.

“Whatever the motive, the juvenile scripts that MacFarlane is associated with could benefit from some fresh material. Make that material that doesn’t bash Catholicism, as well.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; familyguy; fox; hollywood; homosexualpriests; priests
Anti-Catholicism...the last "safe" bigotry.
1 posted on 10/21/2008 11:18:12 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: Salvation; NYer; narses; A.A. Cunningham

ping


2 posted on 10/21/2008 11:19:00 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

I remember some of the earlier episodes where they at leasst tried to hit both sides sort of like south park. The recent seasons though ... its so full of venom and partisan trash I just can’t watch it.


3 posted on 10/21/2008 11:23:15 AM PDT by utherdoul
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To: kellynla

I don’t know, I think the Catholic Hierarchy in their complicity in the sexual abuse of minors is a bit more troublesome than a second rate cartoon making a joke about it. But you may disagree with me.


4 posted on 10/21/2008 11:29:10 AM PDT by Philly Nomad
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To: kellynla

1. In the same episode, the Nazis wore “McCain/Palin” pins.

2. In earlier episodes, protestant Christian ministers were depicted as hayseeds and/or closet homosexuals.

3. In a recent episode, Jesus Christ was depicted as a drop-out hippie working in a record store.


5 posted on 10/21/2008 11:31:40 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (A Jew voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.)
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To: MeanWestTexan
In the same episode, the Nazis wore “McCain/Palin” pins

That's the only thing that pissed me off.

6 posted on 10/21/2008 11:42:58 AM PDT by bigjoesaddle ("Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats." -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: kellynla
Yeah, yeah, I can vouch for him, he’s real. He’s molested me many, many times.”

It isn't slander if it's true.

7 posted on 10/21/2008 11:44:38 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Philly Nomad
I don’t know, I think the Catholic Hierarchy in their complicity in the sexual abuse of minors is a bit more troublesome than a second rate cartoon making a joke about it. But you may disagree with me.

Unfortunately, the Catholic church did bring on a lot of justifiable criticism, and from what I understand, they still are in the practice of shuffling priest around who have a history of sexually abusing the hired help, e.g., cooks, maids etc.

It is ashame that the Catholic upper hierarchy has undone so much good by so many hundreds of millions of good Catholics.

That being said - Family Guy is all all about excessive parody, and anyone watching it for social value should reconsider their viewing habits.

8 posted on 10/21/2008 11:46:29 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: kellynla

The animated sitcom 'Family Guy' is no stranger to controversy, but on Sunday night the show went into uncharted territory as it seemed to weigh in on the presidential race by likening the McCain/Palin ticket to the Nazi party in World War II.

In the episode, two of the characters, Stewie (a talking baby) and Brian (a talking dog) are transported to Poland during the Nazi invasion of World War II. In one scene, the characters beat up and steal the uniforms of two Nazi officers. Stewie looks down at his Nazi uniform and notices a McCain/Palin campaign button attached to its lapel, remarking “Huh, that’s weird."

The McCain campaign did not have an immediate comment. A rep for the show defended the episode, telling Foxnews.com: "From its inception, 'Family Guy' has used provocative concepts and biting satire as the foundation of its humor. The show is an 'equal oportunity offender.'"

The show's creator, Seth MacFarlane, is an ardent supporter of Barack Obama. MacFarlane has given thousands to the Democratic presidential nominee and the Democratic Party, and even spoke at an Obama rally in Ohio earlier this month.

In the past, MacFarlane has gotten into hot water for his skewering of several subjects, including actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise.

Comedian Carol Burnett also unsuccessfully sued the program for its depiction of her cleaning-woman character.

The Fox sitcom was cancelled in 2002 after failing to find an audience, but has improved significantly in the ratings since being brought back to the network in 2005. The show centers on a dysfunctional family living in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island.


9 posted on 10/21/2008 11:48:27 AM PDT by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: MeanWestTexan

I was a huge Family Guy fan and saw the episode last night. Stewie was a Nazi and had a McCain Palin pin on him. Family Guy no more. I’m done with them. That is what free speech is all about, my right to not watch.


10 posted on 10/21/2008 11:57:05 AM PDT by Uversabound (Our Military past and present: Our Highest example of Brotherhood of Man & Doing God's Will)
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To: Philly Nomad
“I think the Catholic Hierarchy in their complicity in the sexual abuse of minors?”

Ignorance is bliss...I've covered this issue and proven & documented your premise inaccurate more times than I care to remember.

And this issue is not an either/or situation; it's anti-Catholic bigotry; no matter how “cute” the sources make it.

and I don't know what your religious beliefs are but if you don't think there are sexual predators in your faith and you think your religion is as pure as the driven snow, you're in for a very rude awakening.

11 posted on 10/21/2008 12:00:35 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: from occupied ga
Yah, the headline is poorly constructed. Fox's "Family Guy" may or may not be slandering priests to imply they are all gay, but it impossible for them to slander "gay priests", as that group was accurately portrayed, is Biblicaly reprehensible to God, and should be ashamed.

WARNING:

   Invoking any reasoning that there there is, in fact, a segment of the Catholic clergy that is homosexual, and furthermore, that it is often covered up rather than being exposed and condemned by some of the church hierarchy, and furthermore, that many at least seem more outraged that the point is brought up than they are about the fact it often goes on for years rather than being condemned in a Christ-like fashion is likely to cause the following: Charges of church-bashing, violent arguments, vicious attacks on the messenger, and 1000+ threads that in the end devolve into arguments that are little better than "oh, yeah? So's your old man!" You have been warned. Proceed with caution. Your mileage may vary. Side effects may include outrage, a total loss of the sense of humor, grumbling, bloating, and a need to go have a nice lie down.


12 posted on 10/21/2008 12:01:40 PM PDT by 50sDad (OBAMA: In your heart you know he's Wright.)
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To: kellynla
There should be no “gay Priests”.

A Priest should not be having sex with ANYBODY, let alone another man.

If a Priest has sex with a woman he is removed?

But if a Priest has sex with a man he is a “gay Priest”?

What other parts of the Bible are Priests allowed to ignore?

13 posted on 10/21/2008 12:09:28 PM PDT by allmendream (White Dog Democrat: A Democrat who will not vote for 0bama because he's black.)
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To: Smedley
“from what I understand, they still are in the practice of shuffling priest around who have a history of sexually abusing the hired help, e.g., cooks, maids etc.”

and you “understand” wrong...ya know if you anti-Catholics would just do your homework, you wouldn't look so stupid criticizing the Catholic Church & Catholics on FR with your unsubstantiated “rumors”. Of course, its interesting that none of you geniuses ever reveal what church or synagogue you attend...if you even bother. LOL

14 posted on 10/21/2008 12:10:04 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: allmendream

“What other parts of the Bible are Priests allowed to ignore?”

I won’t even dignify such inanity with a response.


15 posted on 10/21/2008 12:12:45 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla
So it is OK to be a homosexual Priest but not a heterosexual Priest?

Why is Mr. Donohue defending homosexuals in the clergy?

16 posted on 10/21/2008 12:14:48 PM PDT by allmendream (White Dog Democrat: A Democrat who will not vote for 0bama because he's black.)
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To: allmendream

WO. A cartoon didnt just make fun of fags! Oh my! What will we do?! I didnt seem to hear anything when they portrayed God in bed with a hooker begging for sex?!


17 posted on 10/21/2008 12:26:36 PM PDT by Edizzl79
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To: 50sDad
Your “WARNING” is sad, but most probably true. Failure to be honest about the existence of a problem and what might be possible solutions, tends to perpetuate the sad situation and contribute to fewer and fewer honest vocations. The next response will be that there are more and more men entering seminaries, especially “late vocations”. This will probably be true as more and more find it difficult to "make it” in the real world, given the present economic situation.. and if women don't excite you, what the heck - just a little half day work on Sundays and great job security.

Such, however is not the priesthood of “Service to the people of God” that attracted young men fifty years ago, nor is it what the Church needs today.

18 posted on 10/21/2008 12:33:12 PM PDT by VidMihi ("In fide, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.")
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To: Edizzl79
“Family Guy” exists to be offensive. Being offended in the press just gives them free publicity. It is a vile and vulgar show, and their mission is to offend.

I love and respect the Catholic Church, but their conduct over the pedophilia Priests is deserving of AT LEAST ridicule.

In other words, they have been called worse by better men.

Take your lumps. Make sure it doesn't happen again. Ignore vile shows like “Family Guy” and move on with the important work the Catholic Church does of salvation and charity.

19 posted on 10/21/2008 12:35:50 PM PDT by allmendream (White Dog Democrat: A Democrat who will not vote for 0bama because he's black.)
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To: kellynla

My Faith is Catholicism, but I refuse to apologize for the scoundrels who protected the evil from justice for forty years.

The Hierarchy did more to fuel anti-catholic bigotry than any cartoon show could do.


20 posted on 10/21/2008 12:57:43 PM PDT by Philly Nomad
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To: All
Family Guy, which was a mixed bag at best, has gone downhill after coming back from cancellation. It's simply not funny anymore, it's just dumb frat guy humor written by and for dumb frat guys.
21 posted on 10/21/2008 5:28:45 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: kellynla

It’s not targeting gay priests. It’s making the assumption that any priest is gay.


22 posted on 10/21/2008 6:01:23 PM PDT by CatQuilt (Lover of cats =^..^= and quilts)
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To: Philly Nomad
“apologize for the scoundrels who protected the evil from justice for forty years?”

I suggest you do a little homework before you make unsubstantiated accusations....for starters, the Church was told by psychologists & psychiatrists that these religious who committed sexual acts against children could be rehabilitated...and after years of treatment those same psychologists & psychiatrists told the Church that those same religious could not be rehabilitated.

“My Faith is Catholicism?”

Do a little research before you post and embarrass your fellow Catholics with your ignorance of the subject matter and mischaracterize the whole issue with what happened after the priests who committed these acts were exposed and unsuccessfully "treated."

23 posted on 10/21/2008 7:08:18 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

So if your kid gets molested, and a psychologist says the criminal could be rehabilitated, would that stop you from calling the cops on the creep? Would that stop you from pressing charges?


24 posted on 10/22/2008 8:39:57 AM PDT by Philly Nomad
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To: Philly Nomad

look ,genius, quit bothering me with your inane posts


25 posted on 10/22/2008 8:45:16 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Please if my posts were really inane, you would be able to put out a logical argument why the Hierarchy’s actions were moral. But you continue to be an apologists for the molesters and the ecclesiastical enablers.

But you aren’t being a good Catholic and your not doing the Church any favors by excusing their bad behavior by turning a morality into a spectator sports. “It’s OK when my team does it.”


26 posted on 10/22/2008 9:09:56 AM PDT by Philly Nomad
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To: Philly Nomad; kellynla
In fairness - lets admit the following statement is true.

“the Church was told by psychologists & psychiatrists that these religious who committed sexual acts against children could be rehabilitated...and after years of treatment those same psychologists & psychiatrists told the Church that those same religious could not be rehabilitated”.

Only a relatively small percentage of priests were homosexuals, those who were did not act gay - just a little strange and effeminate and probably celibate. Most priests thought “gay” meant fun loving - no idea what was going on.

Today - 180 degree turn. A different world which most will not face.

27 posted on 10/22/2008 9:41:33 AM PDT by VidMihi ("In fide, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.")
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To: kellynla
and you “understand” wrong...ya know if you anti-Catholics would just do your homework, you wouldn't look so stupid criticizing the Catholic Church & Catholics on FR with your unsubstantiated “rumors”.

Actually, I was told first-hand by two employees of the Achdiocese in DC about their perconal experiences, and seen the personal file of one of them. One priest had a compulsive need to spank men and boys, and after enough complaints, he was merely moved to another location.

I am not anti-Catholic. Quite to the contrary, and I have anger at the people who are responsible for so much criticism of the Catholic church.

I am a Methodist btw

28 posted on 10/22/2008 9:54:40 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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I have no problem admitting that statement is true, but that’s just not an excuse for the Hierarchy’s refusal to call the cops.

The Priests and the bishops thought they were better than the congregation.


29 posted on 10/22/2008 10:04:15 AM PDT by Philly Nomad
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To: Smedley

and HOW did you get access to a personnel file? I am not so gullible.


30 posted on 10/22/2008 10:05:56 AM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga

It was shown to me by the person from which the file was directed. He copied everything in it, and what I saw was the copies.


31 posted on 10/22/2008 10:09:32 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: Smedley

it’s illegal to make copies of personnel files to show to your friends.......a sin in fact.


32 posted on 10/22/2008 10:12:28 AM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga
it’s illegal to make copies of personnel files to show to your friends.......a sin in fact.

No its not. You can make a copy of your own personnel file and do whatever you want with it. It is yours, and I dont remember any commandment about personnel files.

Where does the Bible speak about personnel files? The first Epistle of Paul to the HR managers of Corinth?

33 posted on 10/22/2008 10:19:18 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: tioga; VidMihi; kellynla

Just to be clear here, I support the Catholic church and applaud the good it does every day around the world.

Where I and many other people have a problem is in the actions of a relatively few pervs and those in the Catholic church who enabled their bad behavior. It has literally cost the Catholic Church hundreds of billions of dollars in liability.

Your criticism should be directed at the few bad eggs in the church, not me for addressing those issues.


34 posted on 10/22/2008 10:24:10 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: Smedley

So, the person it was directed to was the SAME person who’s file was shown to you. He did not copy another person’s file to show to friends who had no business reading it? Your friend was a child abusing homosexual priest and he confessed to YOU and showed you HIS file? I just want to get this clear, becuase if the file involved someone else, why was he showing it around?


35 posted on 10/22/2008 10:35:42 AM PDT by tioga
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To: kellynla
FOX’S “FAMILY GUY” SLANDERS GAY PRIESTS

Title is misleading. It is impossible to slander a gay priest. A better title would have been:

"FOX’S “FAMILY GUY” SLANDERS GAY PRIESTS"

Not all priests are homosexuals, but some are.

36 posted on 10/22/2008 10:42:48 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: tioga

No, the person who showed me HIS OWN FILE was the victim of a grab-happy priest. He showed it to me to ask my opinion about what he should do, because a month after he filed a complaint with the managing priest, he was let go of his job of 22 years.

I do law but not employment law, and had a law school friend who is an HR specialist talk to him.


37 posted on 10/22/2008 11:51:37 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: Smedley

And your friend would approve of you chatting online about his personal issues? Good for him. But, as a lawyer, aren’t your consultations confidential?


38 posted on 10/22/2008 11:55:31 AM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga

I am his friend, not his lawyer; I have not revealed his identity; and you’re incredibly lame for trying to change the subject.


39 posted on 10/22/2008 12:31:59 PM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: Smedley

It took me quite a few posts to determine the source and why I should listen to you. Talk about changing the subject, what were you posting? It was a simple question. Lots of people claim to have first hand information slamming the church, would you let expert witnesses testify without knowing why they have any expertise in some area?

Many of us know priests who were accused; some were guilty some innnocent. I take this subject seriously, it is my church.


40 posted on 10/22/2008 1:42:20 PM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga

FYI, one doesnt need to be an expert witness to testify in court if they are a direct witness to wrongdoing or the victim of wrongdoing, and what expert witnesses have to do with the present circumstances is beyond me

I’m done with you


41 posted on 10/22/2008 2:26:38 PM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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To: Smedley

LOOK, everyone piles on the priest bashing stuff......I wanted to know why a real, bonifide priest would TELL YOU his personal biz....you finally gave me a plausible explanation....you are an attorney and he consulted you as a friend. Everyone on the internet is an “expert” or “knows insider details”....if you have a problem explaning yourself don’t post personal stuff. I have been respectful of you, try being respectful of me.


42 posted on 10/22/2008 2:33:57 PM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga
LOOK, everyone piles on the priest bashing stuff......

Not true. I bash on the coverups unapologetically while supporting the Catholic church

43 posted on 10/24/2008 9:20:31 AM PDT by Smedley (It's a sad day for American capitalism when a man can't fly a midget on a kite over Central Park)
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