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Catholics want Mrs Jesus book scrapped

Catholics want Mrs Jesus book scrapped

Last year Emmy Award winner Dan O’Shannon published a satirical cartoon book,  The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus – but not everyone’s happy about it, and we learn today that America Needs Fatima has launched a petition to have the book withdrawn.

Addressed to Michael Morrison, President and Publisher of US General Books and Canada HarperCollins Publishers, the ANF petition says this “blasphemous” book:

Insults Our Lord Jesus Christ and is historically false. It also mocks His Redemptive Sacrifice on the Cross at Calvary. Both deserve better than the blasphemous, offensive treatment you have published in Mr O’Shannon’s book. I urge you to recall this book from distribution now and to apologize to Catholics and all people of good will.

Dan O'Shannon

Dan O’Shannon

According to this report, O’Shannon – who has written for and produced such well-known TV series as Cheers, Frasier and Modern Family, uses the book to suggest that Jesus had “a ball and chain” – and she’s tired of living in the shadow her messiah hubbie. All she wants is some r-e-s-p-e-c-t, and for him to ask how her day went.

They bicker about going to dinner parties and therapy. (“My husband thinks he’s God’s gift to the world.”) She whines about his selfishness, he about her neediness. She’s jealous of Mary Magdalene and complains about not getting invited to the Last Supper.

Of course, she doesn’t get along with her in-laws, namely Mary. (“You look thin. Is she feeding you?”) It’s all classic sitcom stuff, with at least one nod to I Love Lucy, especially when Mrs. Jesus tries to scheme her way into the holy trinity. (“I wonder how I’ll look in stained glass.”)

O’Shannon says he’s gotten mostly positive feedback, with the inevitable exception of a few disgruntled humourphobes, including his 72-year-old mother. He had to unfriend her on Facebook.

O’Shannon knows he’s stepping on the tender toes of Christianity, but insists the book is not about religion.

I’ve gotten some really nice letters and some really, long involved emails about how I’m going to hell. People see the cross and the word balloons and immediately think it’s sacrilegious and it’s hateful. I don’t mean to hurt anyone. This book isn’t even meant to challenge anyone or challenge their beliefs. It’s not that kind of book. I don’t see it as making fun of Jesus. I’m making fun of people.

Hat tip: M Dolon Hickmon

22 responses to “Catholics want Mrs Jesus book scrapped”

  1. Broga says:

    The idea that the creator and ruler of the cosmos, with its billions of galaxies each containing billions of stars, could be offended by a trivial human, living on a speck of rock is, in itself, ludicrous. The offence is to the pride of the complainers who are offended by what they perceive as an insult to their beliefs.

  2. CharlyO says:

    Such nonsense! Those complaining should just be happy that Jesus was not shown as a homosexual man. (like St. Paul)
    It would have helped if Jesus himself had bothered to do a little writing on his own.

  3. Old Nick says:

    ANF – please refer to the case of Arkell v Pressdram.

  4. barriejohn says:

    So the satirical cartoon book, The Adventures of Mrs Jesus, is “historically false”. Absolutely fucking priceless!

  5. barriejohn says:

    “Catholics and all people of goodwill” (there’s irony for you):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_F%C3%A1tima#Political_aspects

    America needs Fatima like a hole in the head.

  6. jay says:

    The Catholic church is not keeping up with the latest trends in offence taking.

    The ‘now’ thing to do now is send guys with AK47s or at least some blood sucking lawyers like Scientology.

    [The lawyers probably frighten the publishing houses more than the jihadis]

  7. 1859 says:

    I wonder what would have happened if his book had been entitled
    ‘The Adventures Of Mrs. Mohammed’?
    Would Mr. Shannon have still been able to write –
    ‘I’ve gotten some really nice letters and some really, long involved emails about how I’m going to hell. People see the cross and the word balloons and immediately think it’s sacrilegious and it’s hateful. I don’t mean to hurt anyone. This book isn’t even meant to challenge anyone or challenge their beliefs. It’s not that kind of book. I don’t see it as making fun of Jesus. I’m making fun of people.’ ??

  8. Robster says:

    Any book 1859 about Mo’s wife could be construed as child porn, she was after all only six when they started dating and Mad Mo waited ’till the missus was all of nine before delving into the wonderful world of bonking and attempted production of mini Mo’s, so the story goes.

  9. 1859 says:

    OK Robster, we’ll re-title it :
    ‘The Adventures of Mrs. Mo (aged 9)’

  10. barriejohn says:

    Does every thread have to become a debate about Islam now?

  11. Maggie says:

    Other countries need to follow Norway and abolish blasphemy laws.

    But, damn, I promised not to buy another more books for a while.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    Just wait for Bill Donohue to go meltdown over this.

  13. Newspaniard says:

    Ordered from Book Depository. Thanks for the tip. Can’t wait for the book on Mrs. Mo.

  14. David Anderson says:

    Next, a book about how Mary came up with the story about her visit from a supernatural being to explain her pregnancy to her intended, Joseph. Then Joe’s court battle with said being to get child support for a saucepan he didn’t want.

  15. jay says:

    “Other countries need to follow Norway and abolish blasphemy laws”

    Good start, but the god botherers just start crying ‘hate speech’

  16. L.Long says:

    Well supposedly if they did write a Mrs Mo book it would be historical or would that be hysterical???
    On this Mrs jesus book….Nothing like frightened, hate filled, bigoted religious sheeple practicing banning (polite book burning). Of course these dimwits forget that all their carrying on about it, is FREE advertising!!!!!

  17. Peterat says:

    Insults Our Lord Jesus Christ and is historically false. It also mocks His Redemptive Sacrifice on the Cross at Calvary.
    That’s a lot of misplaced CAPITALS for a book publisher isn’t it? Even in Canada!

  18. Laura Roberts says:

    Nothing raises a book’s profile like religious nuts in a snit. I’ll bet O’Shannon received those e-mails and immediately thought, “Ka-ching!!”

  19. Brian Jordan says:

    @Maggie
    “Other countries need to follow Norway and abolish blasphemy laws.”
    bot a lot of help if they’re replaced by worse, as is happening here. We’ve escaped Miliband’s planned incursion against free speech but Theresa May’s is reported to be little better.

  20. Newspaniard says:

    Wasn’t it Theresa May who introduced the new legislation which is far more draconian than the abolished blasphemy laws it replaced?

  21. Vanity Unfair says:

    Does anybody remember “Christmas, already” by Gray Jolliffe? It was published in the 1980s and advertised as “The first Jewish Christmas book in nearly 2000 years” so could have upset two religions at once. I do not recall any loud complaints as it was both theologically sound and very funny. Were we more tolerant then?