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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.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anticatholicbigotry; boycottfagtime; callyourcablecompany; cary; catholic; catholicism; catholicleague; censoringideologues; freedomofspeech; gladd; liberalmedia; mediabias; motherteresa; showtime; showtimeslander; slander; viacom
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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:

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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