Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote to NBC chief Bob Wright today about the upcoming Madonna concert:
Last February, NBC Nightly News decided it would not offend Muslim sensibilities by showing the controversial Danish cartoon of Muhammad in full. Allison Gollust, a spokeswoman for NBC, said, We felt that in order to convey the essence of the story, it was not necessary to show the entire cartoon.
Accordingly, the same ethical principles which drove this decision should apply to Christians. Therefore, in deference to Christian sensibilities, NBC should not air the entire Madonna concert. If it does air the Mock Crucifixion, it will send a message to the 85 percent of the American population that is Christian that their sensibilities count less than Muslims. And that is not a decision that any responsible person or company can afford to make.
And how about offending people that have any musical tastes? Normally I never mention Madonna on my blog, because why give her any attention when that is what she wants with her constant practice of mocking Christianity especially the Catholic Church. She doth protest too much. I say let her do her mock crucifixion just as long as we get to scourge her first. It is though NBC that should be the one criticized here. The same broadcaster that decided their running of Veggie Tales on Saturday mornings also had to be edited to remove Christian references and Bible Verses. They had no problem censoring in this case, of putting Larry the Cucumber and the rest in a blender and setting it to puree.
I remember several years back she sued the Madonna House apostolate started by Catherine Doherty. The reason was that they had from the beginning of their web presence the url Madonna.org. Of course this organization was started long before she was even born and certainly had more of a legal right to the name than she did. Unfortunately her legal bullying made them change their url to Madonnahouse.org.
In a somewhat related story. When the Marx Brothers did the movie "A Night in Casablanca", Warner Brothers’ had their lawyers sending them a cease and desist letter. Grouch Marx wrote them back saying he was counter-suing them since they were brothers before the Warner brothers were. That ended the suit.
Update: It was the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, not Madonna House that was involved. A cyber squatting pornographer had owned madonna.org and was going to give it to the hospitable, but was forced to hand it over to Madonna instead. The hospital still owns madonna.org.