When she accepted an Emmy earlier this month, comedienne Kathy Griffin (a Catholic) said the following: “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for their award. I want you to know no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.”
Pretty straighforward and I would say theologically sound. If Kathy Griffin had thanked Jesus for helping, then we should inquire what is the relationship of Jesus to the other nominees who lost?
Straightforward? Apparently not. All hell broke loose, many critics charging Griffin with blasphemy. And that’s not all. A Christian theater troupe in Tennesee coughed up $90,440 for a one page ad in U.S.A. Today excoriating Griffin and proclaiming “We at the Miracle Theater consider it an honor to stand for Jesus today.”
What in God’s name is going on here? I am aware that many fundamentalist Christians are angry but are they devoid of humour too? As Kathy Griffin said: “Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humour.”
Do you think what Kathy Griffin said is blasphemous?
Does the knee-jerk reaction of the Miracle Theater group tend to bring religion into disrepute?