"The Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder has come up with a new controversial comedy show entitled "Black Jesus" for the Adult Swim network.
A trailer (below) for the TV program portrays Jesus as an African-American living in the predominantly black city of Compton, California, which is part of Los Angeles County.
Black Jesus, played by Gerald "Slink" Johnson, tries to spread love and kindness while people ask him for winning lottery numbers and gang bangers harass his neighborhood. Black Jesus occasionally curses, but his profanity is bleeped out, notes The Christian Post.
However, Christian-based activist group One Million Moms and Pastor David A. Rodgers of the House of Prayer for All Nations Ministries in Chicago want the show pulled before it airs.
In an open letter addressed to Adult Swim, Pastor Rodgers writes on his Facebook page:
We, the Christian community are vehemently opposed and violently offended at this upcoming program soon to air on your channel called, 'BLACK JESUS.' The level of disrespect aimed at the depiction of our Lord and Savior is inexcusable. We are hard pressed to find any value in this program, its message or its purpose.
As a group of believers, we are prepared to launch a mass campaign and boycott of your channel and any advertisers that are financially profiting from this program. These continued attacks against our Christian values and the degrading imagery of the Lord Jesus Christ, will be met with social media awareness to the entire Christian community and a targeted boycott of your advertisers.
One Million Moms, run by the Christian-based American Family Association, stated on its website:
The late night programming on the Cartoon Network, known as Adult Swim, plans to air the non-animated show "Black Jesus" portraying Jesus as a "black guy living in the hood." The show depicts him living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of our Lord. The foul language used in the trailer, including using the Lord's name in vain, is disgusting. In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!
One Million Moms then asks Christians to email Adult Swim and "tell them you are prepared to join thousands of other voices in urging advertisers to place it on their 'do not advertise; list in protest of this anti-Christian bigotry."
However, the trailer does not appear to show any anti-Christian bigotry.
There is also a Facebook community group, organized by Anthony Pollard, entitled "Boycott the 'Black Jesus' TV Show."
A petition on Change.org states, "Using someones [sic] sacred religion in a disrespectful way for entertainment should never be accepted in our society, no matter what religion it may be. The show is also very degrading to the black community."
For his part, McGruder has stated, "As for me, I'm finally putting a life of controversy and trouble-making behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, 'Black Jesus.'"