Blasphemy and Ratings

Pg011754943dt A Catholic group’s attempt to boycott a South Park episode that offended many was spectacularly successful in New Zealand. The viewership of the show increased by more than six times the usual rating. Money quote:

"The protest centred on a statue of the Virgin Mary, with participants — clutching Bibles and religious icons — singing hymns, reciting the rosary and offering other prayers.

A Catholic priest who led the protesters in prayer asked God to enlighten those responsible for the cartoon "and strengthen them to see how much harm they can do."

Last weekend, New Zealand’s Roman Catholic bishops issued a letter urging parishioners to boycott the channel and its sponsors. The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand also protested the episode and said it was deeply offensive."

I hope Bill Donahue takes notice. But he won’t.

(You can buy the t-shirt here.)