By now, you’ve seen this parody commercial from SNL:!

Obviously it’s making fun on Quentin Tarantino and his love of ultra-violent revenge movies (Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained). More broadly it could be seen as an indictment of our culture’s love of the The Myth of Redemptive Violence:

So what is the myth of redemptive violence? The ‘good guys’–who may be disavowed, disenfranchised, bullied, underdogs, smaller in numbers, etc.–have their backs against the wall, are usually being given no choice, and must use some sort of violence–martial arts, sword-play, weapons, war, etc.–to make things ‘right’.

The “critic blurb” at the end gets it right: “A less violent ‘Passion of Christ’.” Mel Gibson’s Passion was essentially a prelude to a revenge flic like Django Unchained. In Gibson’s mind, the redemptive violence is still coming in the last days.

Anyway, despite the fact that this is a fairly obvious parody, the outrage merchants on the right feel the need to vent. From the WND movie critic Drew Zahn:

Its subject matter can only be described with one word: blasphemous. If anything in our PC culture should be considered obviously offensive, this is it. Can you imagine the uproar that would occur if SNL made a parody, ‘Muhammad Unleashed?’ People at NBC would be losing their jobs. The ‘sensitivity police’ would be out in full force. It would cause international outcry. I just have to believe that if God gifted these actors and writers with such a gift for humor and wit, that He intended it for nobler purposes than mocking His Son.

I believe this is called “jihad envy.” Nevermind that the same joke wouldn’t work with a military leader like Muhammad. Meanwhile, Ray Comfort decides to threaten jihad by proxy, “I wonder if the funny folks at ‘Saturday Night Live’ know that Muslims believe in Jesus Christ, and that they might not like one of their prophets being mocked in a blasphemous skit.”

Fortunately, our go-to fundamentalist will not be outdone:

Which gets at the absurd part of this conflict: these folks believe in a Left Behind style revenge fantasy about the end times. Jesus will be kicking some ass, and everybody who has laughed at Fischer and his fundamentalist pals will be getting what’s coming to them.

  • Bill

    “Its subject matter can only be described with one word: blasphemous.”

    As the old saying goes, blasphemy is a victimless crime.

    If they are generating uproar from the religious right SNL must be doing something right.

  • L.Long

    From Ray…, “I wonder if the funny folks at ‘Saturday Night Live’ know that Muslims believe in Jesus Christ, and that they might not like one of their prophets being mocked in a blasphemous skit.”

    So Ray is essentially saying that us Xtians don’t have any balls, so we will sic our raving mad muslin dogs on you!!

    Xtians are such nice loving people and they have a sense of humour too!!!

    • vasaroti

      I wonder if Comfort knows that Muslims have been aware of our mocking of Jesus at least since the internet reached the Middle East, and thus far, not a peep out of them.

      Now I’m looking at my plump old cat named Djet (Daughter was studying Egypt when he was a kitten) and wondering if he might roll off his tuffet and seek revenge for …. I dunno, maybe not serving Fancy Feast daily.

  • L.Long

    Also Fischer and others of his ilk have said that they may one day find out they are closer to the truth then they knew… Well if SNL are close to the truth then why are the xtians so friggin pissed off!!!??
    They should be saying….SEE!! That is what to expect at the end times! You heathen satanist will all be decimated!!! Three cheers for SNL for getting it right!
    Maybe these overly sensitive asshats don’t really believe their own BS????

  • John C

    Jude 1:15

    • JohnMWhite

      This essentially says god was on the side of the shooters in Columbine. Except god wasn’t a hapless harassed teenager with a fallible human brain that eventually broke, god’s an all-powerful superbeing with a grotesque ego. So… you’re god’s a dick, and if he’s going to murder and torment me for pointing that out, I win, because it makes him a dick.

      Most human beings are more moral than this vicious, petty, vindictive warrior god of yours. Cue you telling us how he doesn’t literally mean he’ll bring thousands of saints to murder everybody who ever made fun of him…

      • JohnMWhite

        *your god’s a dick. God’s judgement is upon me, for I have made the most embarrassing of typographical errors.

    • trj

      Punishment in eternal fire. Nice.

      Of course, like everything else you’ll claim that it’s a metaphor. Maybe it means everybody snuggles up before a cozy fireplace for all eternity – who knows what explanation you’ll dream up this time? Anything to avoid admitting what the text plainly and explicitly says: God punishes people in eternal fire.

      If you want people to turn to God then maybe you shouldn’t refer to the parts of the Bible that show him as a colossal dick.

  • Brian K

    Almost all the Bible makes Him appear that way.

  • John C

    Where does it say anything about punishment? It says He will ‘convict’ and ‘judge’ which means He will ‘correct’ your (false) thinking and speaking about Him and will cause you to see Him for who He really is…love.

    Or haven’t you read that ‘…mercy triumphs over judgment’? (James 2:13)

    On that ‘day’ (in His light) you will be temporarily grieved at heart due to the false things you believed and said about Him but even that will give way to great joy, be assured. :)

    • John C

      come find me on that ‘day’ and we will have a great belly laugh together! ;)

    • Yoav

      I seem to remember a bit about casting anyone who didn’t grovel low enough into a lake of fire which I’m sure you will now claim doesn’t actually mean lake of fire due to some convoluted reading in which lake mean cotton candy and fire mean whipped cream.

    • trj

      The Bible has several references to eternal fire and punishment in fire, but it seems fitting that I should point to the chapter you yourself referenced. Jude 1:7:

      Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

      • John C


        Yes, He will certainly and ‘eternally’ put that nature (Sodom & Gomorrah) down forever, will go down in flames.

        ‘“How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste’. (Isaiah 6:11) Those are the ‘cities’ He is talking about, ie false & dark places in man that he’s been ‘dwelling’ in, living in.

        • Brian M

          Your interpretation sounds prettier than the Orthodox, John C….but you do realize that 99% of Christians disagree. That’s some clever parsing and reinterpreting and shaving of meanings going on. Still…your “love” is prettier, on the surface, than the thumpers.

          Not sure you saw this at the Forum, but….Your God would probably be insane due to His very nature. If he existed.

        • trj

          I should remind you that it says quite plainly that God punishes, in order to set an example.

          This doesn’t fit with your explanation. You can’t punish the nature of something. Not only is it impossible to exact punishment on something purely conceptual, it is also pointless.

      • Brian M

        Sorta kills the arguments of the Christian gay movement, doesn’t it. They try to do the same things that John C does. Interpret in a convoluted manner the text and “the context”.

        Better to acknowledge that the God of the Bible is not “good’ but is insane.

  • Igor

    So according to John C’s “interpretation”, sounds like everybody gets a free pass:
    “Boy, Mr. Hitler, you sure were a bad guy. I hope you can see what you did wrong.”
    “Yeah, I do. I feel real bad. I’m sorry.”
    Then welcome to Heaven, Adolf. I love you.”
    Pretty sweet deal.

    • Johan

      That’s because John C arrived at his religious epiphany during a drug binge. Don’t expect there to be any rational thought at all in his damaged brain.

  • Lawrence

    Jihad Envy. Yes. Exactly this. They chafe at the restraints of Enlightenment social norms, what we have left of them anyway.

    • Revyloution

      I prefer the term Fatwa Envy. It has a better ring to it.

  • smrnda

    Had to post, even though this is a few days old. There seems to be this right-wing meme going on that people only make fun of Jesus and that Islam and Muhammad are off-limits. I’d suggest these people go out and get a copy of “Naked Lunch” written by William S Burroughs back in the 1950s – it certainly makes some very vulgar fun of Islam, Muhammad and Muslims, along with Jesus and even the Buddha.