In New Netflix House of Cards Episode, Frank Underwood Spits On a Crucifix, and Real-Life Christians Are Appalled

Frank Underwood is a pretty loathsome man, but that’s par for the course when you’re a screen villain.

Underwood is the always-scheming, almost comically insincere Democratic congressman from South Carolina who is the main character in the Netflix series House of Cards. He is played with admirable skill and gusto by Kevin Spacey. I’m only about 10 episodes into season one, but today I skipped ahead to the just-posted third season. That’s because the ending of one new chapter in particular — number 30, or the fourth episode in the new batch – is causing much wrath and condemnation among Christians:

“How Hollywood Spits on Christianity,” blares Robert Davi on Breitbart.com.

“Shame on Netflix: House of Cards Spits In the Face of Jesus,” harrumphs Tim Graham at Newsbusters.

Graham describes what upsets him so: Frank Underwood visits an empty church, has a brief theological discussion with a bishop who says there are really only two rules in life (love God and love your neighbor), and finally asks for time alone to pray at the altar. So far, so pious. But then — oh, the humanity!

[Underwood] sidles up to the crucifix – just a few feet above his head – and mutters most cynically to God the Son. “Love…. that’s what you’re selling? Well, I don’t buy it!” Then he spits in the face of Christ.

When he gets out a handkerchief to wipe off his offense, the whole thing shatters on the floor. He instructs the Secret Service to clean up his mess, and walks off with a ceramic ear. “Well, I’ve got God’s ear now,” he quips.



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Another Female Interviewer on a Muslim News Show Dares Defy a Male Guest

Female Muslim TV hosts are beginning to make a delicious habit of their uppity insolence.

Last month we enjoyed the spectacle of a Saudi TV host losing her composure and laughing in a male guest’s face when he proposed something absurdly sexist and offensive.

Now it’s the turn of interviewer Rima Karaki of Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV. When she attempts to rein in her loquacious, time-wasting guest, London-based Islamist Hani Al-Sibai, the man quickly goes from irritated to upset to nasty.



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In the Footsteps of the Prophet, Australian Muslim Marries a Child — and Pays the Price For It

For some reason, the perpetrator’s identity is being kept secret. But let’s call him Mr. Mo, in recognition of the self-proclaimed prophet who, just like Mr. Mo, was a passionate pedophile.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

A Lebanese man [residing in Australia] was “determined” to marry a 12-year-old girl he saw in a mosque, despite being told it was illegal.

Mr. Mo succeeded in marrying the preteen girl and consummating the relationship, after he

… embarked on a “determined and deliberate pursuit of the girl” and with the help of one of her relatives, organized for a ceremony to take place at a private home on January 12, 2014.



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A Redditor Who Said “Oh My God” Got This Corrective Letter From a Christian

After using the phrase “Oh my God,” Redditor PreepyCasta received this amazing passive-aggressive note from an anonymous Christian well-wisher:



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Romanians Take Aim at Opt-In Rule for Faith Studies; Church Leader Says “Religion is the Most Profound Science”

Last November, Romania’s highest court ruled that students shouldn’t be required to submit a request to opt out of religion classes.

Instead, the justices said, it should go the other way: students ought to opt in, rather than opt out. Especially since the country is a secular state and there is no state religion, this seems only fair, right?

But imagine the consequences! If there aren’t enough pupils who enroll for any particular religion class, it can be cancelled! Much of Romania’s religious establishment — most notably the Eastern Orthodox population, which makes up more than 80 percent of the country’s 20 million people — is up in arms.

Public personalities, including actors, writers and journalists, have joined a campaign aimed at encouraging parents to enroll their children in religious studies classes in school. Parents have [until] March 6 to file a written request if they want their children to attend divinity classes in school.



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