Catholics angry at CBC over Altar Boy Gang
Group protests 'blasphemy of sacred rituals’
Janice Tibbetts, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2007
A CBC pilot program that portrays altar boys as druggies and the Catholic communion host as “munchable snack food, possible poker chips and a repository for drops of LSD” has sparked a complaint accusing the public broadcaster of blasphemy.
“Catholics should not have to pay for shows where their most sacred rituals and images are considered a starting point for dramatic licence,” said the Catholic Civil Rights League, which intends to lodge a formal complaint today with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for airing The Altar Boy Gang.
“With this program, the CBC has moved into the area of blasphemy of sacred rituals.”
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I have made a complaint to the CRTC which regulates programming in Canada. Here it is:
CBC, May 11th, “The Altar Boy Gang”. I am completely disgusted at the insensitivity of the CBC in airing this blasphemous show. It depicts those who take the vocation of Altar Boy in the Catholic Church as evil people simply interested in using the “communion wafer” for munchies, as a source of droplets of LSD, or as a poker chip. This is very disturbing, because as a Catholic that is nothing short of insulting. The “wafer”, we believe to be the body and blood of Christ once Consecrated by the priest, true to Jesus’ own words. The CBC knows this, and thus making the airing of this more upsetting. It is a double standard here when they hire a Muslim Canadian prior to airing “little mosque on the prairie” to ensure that Muslim sensitivities are protected, yet the same is not done for something so sacred to Catholics. I am disgusted, that my taxpaying dollars have gone to support this. As a Catholic, I feel taken advantage of, because we do not resort to violence as a source of protest, thus making my faith an easy target. Please advise how this is addressed. Thanks for reading.