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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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To: Selkie

Bump.


301 posted on 05/26/2005 12:08:12 AM PDT by Miss Behave (Do androids dream of electric sheep?)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
You're young and relatively new at Free Republic, so as someone who is neither, here's a tip: if you don't want to be treated as if you are a liberal troll, don't act like one. Trolls do the hit-and-run insults. You shouldn't. You have infinite cyberspace to outline your charges against her "dictator friends." You should use it, unless you're just talking out of your posterior.

If you just want to spit on people's religious beliefs apropos of nothing, maybe FR isn't for you. And maybe you don't belong here.

For the record, I am not a Catholic, and don't believe in saints, beatification, or the infallibility of the Pope. But I save the word "dictator" for people who deserve it.

302 posted on 05/26/2005 12:16:20 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Freeping since March 1998. This is my blessing. This is my curse.)
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To: L.N. Smithee

Poor Laura... she's learned a very valuable lesson in not hanging on ole Hitchie's words *lol*


303 posted on 05/26/2005 12:17:23 AM PDT by cyborg (tagline under construction)
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To: onyx

Yeah, she was an unbalanced nun.

In High School we had a nun that was about 5 years past her prime, she was a bit out of it, sometimes she wore her wig backwards.

But, back then, they just stuck nuns and priests into schools without any background, like I said, we had 2 pedophiles who are in prison still, from my grade school.


304 posted on 05/26/2005 2:07:14 AM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (Intelligent design is neither.)
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To: Central Scrutiniser


God, that's sick-ken-ning.


305 posted on 05/26/2005 2:08:19 AM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: Selkie

Ya know what, its personal taste, I love South Park, I like Penn & Teller's show, and I hate about 80% of the rest of the dreck out there, such is life, I'm not calling on the networks to take down stupid TV, just not watching it personally.

Pretty easy.


306 posted on 05/26/2005 2:09:05 AM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (Intelligent design is neither.)
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To: onyx

Yeah, one picked up hitchhikers and filmed sex, he's been in for over 12 years now, another had a cabin and invited kids up, I think he may be on parole.

Another one, at a different parrish suddenly left his parrish, moved back east and died, he had some complaints against him, not sure if it was pedopheliac or with women.

Kinda sours you on the whole thing, I go to mass every once in awhile, but I see people praising the symbols and devoting themselves to the symbolic things, and when they leave the church, they are the same jerks that they were when they went in. You can do the stand up sitdown kneel stuff, but if you don't practice any of it (which I have seen in all religions), then the hour a week you spend at mass is just a sham.


307 posted on 05/26/2005 2:13:17 AM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (Intelligent design is neither.)
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To: Miss Behave

Yes, one is always left wondering, was that just funny or just a bit mean? Sometimes 'mean' can be lighthearted and hysterical. But sometimes it's just sad and mean, bitter even, and that's how Stuart comes off. I've never cared for Stuart Smalley, even before I knew Franken was such a DUmmie. ;-)


308 posted on 05/26/2005 4:35:48 AM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: wagglebee

Two words: Sumner Redstone. The fish rots from the head.


309 posted on 05/26/2005 4:45:54 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Selkie
Lauralee's About Me explains her views on Christianity. ::rolls eyes::

I'm Lauralee, I'm 18, I'm not part of the Christian Right, I've never touched a gun, and I live in Left Wing Liberal New York.

LOL! Nevermind...

310 posted on 05/26/2005 4:49:59 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Central Scrutiniser
You can do the stand up sitdown kneel stuff, but if you don't practice any of it (which I have seen in all religions), then the hour a week you spend at mass is just a sham.

So they should stop going to mass? The Church is a hospital for sinners.

311 posted on 05/26/2005 4:58:04 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: fortunecookie
She may have started many convents, but they did not live the high life. Simple saris, donated buildings, often in deep disrepair.

One person's experience with the Missionaries of Charity in the US.

My 10-year-old daughter has expressed interest in joining the order. I know it's a long way off, but I'm proud of her intention at least.

312 posted on 05/26/2005 5:04:00 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Let me ask you, little Miss Deist, how many poor have YOU cared for? When did YOU give up everything and dedicate your life to caring for others? Hmmmm...? I'm waiting... I thought so.


313 posted on 05/26/2005 5:17:14 AM PDT by Romish_Papist (The times are out of step with the Catholic Church. God Bless Pope Benedict XVI.)
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To: wagglebee

 

This attack on Mother Theresa and the Church probably relates to the ongoing

feud  between Bill Donohue  and  Hollywood secular Jews  (in Donohue’s own

words).   Strange how this thread has been perverted to a pseudo-dialogue with

a pseudo “18 year old”.  Consider  who you’re really talking to here…..


314 posted on 05/26/2005 6:22:31 AM PDT by Prod Convert (Nice to see not much has changed around here.....)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

And you are not judging people? These clowns are not pandering to an audience that would not be unhappy if the faith you profess were suppressed? IAC, learn the difference between limbo and purgatory.


315 posted on 05/26/2005 6:57:58 AM PDT by RobbyS (W)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

That is the rule, but it can and has been waved. Pius XI waived it for Thomas More, because, as he said, he wanted each man to know what was expected of each Christian involved in political life.


316 posted on 05/26/2005 7:04:05 AM PDT by RobbyS (W)
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To: perfect stranger
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.

No; it's a factual error -- see Msg#19.

317 posted on 05/26/2005 7:10:15 AM PDT by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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To: wagglebee
"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.

One is led to wonder how many Calcutta orphans have been fed, clothed, and sheltered by Penn & Teller...

318 posted on 05/26/2005 7:10:41 AM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

Not that you are judgemental or anything. Ever bother to look at people who ARE faithful?


319 posted on 05/26/2005 7:12:06 AM PDT by RobbyS (W)
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To: Oberon

They probably underpay their "maids". ;-)


320 posted on 05/26/2005 7:15:11 AM PDT by RobbyS (W)
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To: RobbyS; Central Scrutiniser

Actually, saints do not perform miracles, God does.


321 posted on 05/26/2005 7:15:18 AM 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

The miracle is a sign from God affirming the sanctity of the person whose name is invoked.


322 posted on 05/26/2005 7:39:44 AM PDT by RobbyS (W)
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To: wagglebee
Pen and Teller are johney-come-latelies compared to Christopher Hitchens
323 posted on 05/26/2005 7:47:44 AM PDT by conservonator (Lord, bless Your servant Benedict XVI)
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To: Miss Behave

Thank you.


324 posted on 05/26/2005 8:28:56 AM PDT by mississippi red-neck
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To: hummingbird
But I have the patience of a saint... (AshfieldK)

He really does. He's put up with me for fourteen years.

325 posted on 05/26/2005 8:39:59 AM PDT by grellis (Will zot for cowbells)
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To: mississippi red-neck

You're welcome, and good morning.


326 posted on 05/26/2005 8:47:23 AM PDT by Miss Behave (Do androids dream of electric sheep?)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

Yep, an error on me. I should've clarified that I meant while living.


327 posted on 05/26/2005 11:04:59 AM PDT by baseballfanjm
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To: fortunecookie; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...


328 posted on 05/26/2005 3:53:40 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: wagglebee

Viacom: The rainbow oral-sex children's book, this show, and MTV is now all over the globe indoctrinating youth in the cool ways of tummy-baring American values. How fitting for the Hildebritches publisher. This company has to go. It is evil personified.


329 posted on 05/26/2005 3:58:40 PM PDT by firebrand (born too late)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Grow up


330 posted on 05/26/2005 4:00:22 PM PDT by firebrand (born too late)
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To: Selkie

Herself, obviously.


331 posted on 05/26/2005 4:02:42 PM PDT by firebrand (born too late)
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To: wagglebee; Coleus; Cornpone

If that was said about Islam....


332 posted on 05/26/2005 4:02:42 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (Orwellian Relativism: All philosophies are equal, but some philosophies are more equal than others.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

It is unfortunate that you seem to embrace secular humanism which is a spirit killing belief. Mother T. may not have been particular how she got money to help the poor, but help the poor she did, in the most devastating of circumstances.

You apparently got your information from sites like these:

http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/mother-teresa/

http://www.saintmychal.com/hitchens.htm

http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/hitchens_16_4.html

http://blog.philipcasey.com/?p=24


333 posted on 05/27/2005 11:27:07 AM PDT by Help!
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To: Help!


Read the tagline


334 posted on 05/27/2005 12:09:53 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (I will never again read another thing by Christopher Hitchens!)
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To: wagglebee

Truly sickening.


335 posted on 05/29/2005 4:17:22 AM PDT by e5man_r_u? (A Man's mission: Build, Protect, Provide)
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To: LauraleeBraswell; wagglebee; Help!

Just thought I would add my two cents. I read a few things that were negative about Mother Theresa but never really found any smoking gun except for allegations from anti-Christians. I am sure that she did lots of good works and also made many mistakes and committed sins (like any other person).

I think she worked the media well but for a good cause. Not a Catholic so could not comment on anything about sainthood etc. Most of the arguements about her stem from the lack of auditing of her organisation and her views on abortion. Personally I think she did a lot of good and cared a great deal. At the end of the day (in my opinion) God will judge us all and will judge us all as humans not as saints.


336 posted on 05/29/2005 4:40:53 AM PDT by kingsurfer
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To: Berosus; blam; dervish; Do not dub me shapka broham; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; ...

Not a big fan of those sleight of hand f***s in the first place..


337 posted on 07/14/2005 6:47:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (last updated by FR profile on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.)
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