In case you missed The Simpsons this weekend, they aired their annual Halloween episode: “Treehouse of Horrors XX.”
One of the shorts was “Don’t Have a Cow, Mankind,” and it deals with a zombie-creating burger that infects all who eat it. Bart eats a burger and manages to stay safe, though, so he is referred to as the “Chosen One.” They have to take him to the Safe Zone in order to create an antidote.
When Marge gets him there, we hear this exchange:
Guard: “Welcome, son. To survive, all we must do is eat your flesh.”
Marge: “Hold it right there, Bub! What kind of civilized people eat the body and blood of their savior?”
Rev. Lovejoy: [Groans nervously]
As you can guess, Bill Donohue and the Catholic League are throwing a shit fit over this:
What kind of uncivilized people work at Fox? Last year, when they poked some gentle fun at the Apostle’s Creed on the Halloween episode, we said nothing. That’s because it didn’t cross the line. This year is different: mocking the heart of any religion always crosses the line, and mocking the Eucharist does it for Catholics. They know this at Fox, which is precisely why they did it.
Actually, there’s nothing wrong with mocking the “heart of any religion,” and Holy Communion is perfectly fair game. Let Catholics defend the practice of eating Jesus. The rest of us can call it what it is: absurd.
If you’d like to see the episode, it’s on Hulu:
The short begins at the 7:50 mark and the excerpt in question begins at the 14:08 mark.
(Thanks to Erick for the link!)