Kathy Griffin’s Bravo show “My life on the D-List” won some type of D-list Emmy this past Sunday. In her acceptance speech, the self-described “complete militant atheist” decided to take a few shots at an award’s show tradition. “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus,” said Griffin. She then concluded by saying “Suck it Jesus! This is my god now!“
Catholic League president Bill Donohue is calling for action and saying that like other celebrities who offend, Griffin should “pay a similar price.” Donohue said if the comment had referenced Muhammad “there would have been a very different reaction from the crowd and from the media who covered this event. To say nothing of the Muslim reaction.” But isn’t that the point – that we aren’t part of the perpetually offended.
We should not follow in any manner the Muslim tradition of intimidating anyone who dare speaks ill of our God. I don’t believe we should demand that Kathy Griffin should pay some price for offending Christians. (Besides, isn’t being Kathy Griffin enough of a punishment?) She doesn’t know Jesus and she’s acting like it, why is that surprising and offensive?
Besides, I’d much rather have a celebrity follow in Griffin’s footsteps than have them thank Jesus for blessing their latest effort which is less than Christ-affirming.