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not everyone’s happy about it, and we learn today that America Needs Fatima has launched a petition to have the book withdrawn.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.
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