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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Leonard Nimoy, Who Played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, is Dead

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing Dr. Spock on Star Trek, died earlier today at the age of 83.



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I Once Signed an Abstinence Pledge and Wore a Purity Ring; Now, I’m a Sex-Positive Former Christian

This is a guest post by Brittany Machado. She is the producer of the documentary film Give Me Sex Jesus.

I used to be the poster-child for Evangelicalism.

They called me “Bubbly Brittany” because I was always so happy. You name it, I did it for the church: taught Sunday school, went on mission trips to impoverished countries, evangelized at my public high school, sang in the church choir…

Despite all this, the ladies at church warned me I was too independent and not feminine enough; I needed some security about my familial future. So, I took an abstinence pledge and donned a purity ring. I believed that, through this commitment, Jesus would bless me with the perfect husband and the perfect sex life — if only I could wait.

Meanwhile, I was making out with my boyfriend in his truck while trying to pretend he didn’t have a boner.

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Survey Shows That Christian Media Doesn’t Really Reach People Outside the Bubble

Christian media is everywhere: TV stations, bookstores, radio shows, etc. But a new survey by LifeWay Research suggests that, for all the money spent trying to spread the Gospel over those mediums, the message doesn’t really break through the Christian bubble:



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Larry King: “I Think the Only Reason for Religion is Death. If You Didn’t Die, There’d Be No Religion”

We’ve known for a while that former CNN host Larry King was an atheist, but he opened up about it more than usual during an interview on New York City’s Power 105.1 morning radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

The conversation begins around the 8:20 mark in the video below during a discussion about how he’d like to have his body frozen after he dies:

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