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Animated “It Gets Better” Draws Religious Right Fire

Animated “It Gets Better” Draws Religious Right Fire


On November 1, Simon & Schuster published THE LAST TESTAMENT: A Memoir by God, co-written with David Javerbaum.

The copy for the new tome goes like this:

“In THE LAST TESTAMENT, God, looks back with unprecedented candor on his time in the public sector. He takes us behind the scenes of Genesis, setting the record (un)straight on the real first couple, Adam and Steve, and challenging long-held notions about the viability of containing a phylogenetically complete double bestiary within a 450,000-cubic-cubit watercraft. For the first time, he breaks his silence on Jesus Christ, shedding light on a father-son relationship as heartwarming as Will and Jaden Smith’s.

He also addresses hot-button topics such as: which sports teams He really roots for; which celebrities are totally gay; and what He thinks about Kim Kardashian’s ass.”

There is a video called “It Getteth Better” aimed at the LGBT community for the Trevor Project.  It is cute, smarmy and occasionally amusing, but mostly cliched satire.  Many teens will enjoy it.  That’s the point of the whole It Gets Better Project, to let LGBT youth know that, well, it gets better, and that in the meantime it’s okay to laugh at the culture that has caused them such pain.

Not surprisingly, there has been a little bit of pushback.  The National Organization for Marriage is the most upset.  On their blog, the comment is

“We guess Simon & Schuster thinks this is smart marketing — mocking Christian pastors who preach the bible’s teaching on sexuality (warning: many folks will find this deeply offensive).”

I guess it is good that they put the warning label there.  I can see how it could be offensive, but I can also see that if it is recognized as a just a silly little satire that will be gone by this time next year, it can get better.


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7:31AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

National Organization for Marriage! This is just another of those organizations supported by the hard earned money that Christians naively gave in their tithes to their churches, most of which have no idea what the money was used for. The major religious organizations are just as corrupt as our government, if not more so! I worked in Texas for the Southern Baptist Conventions annuity board for 9 years. In that 9 years I saw how much these ministers make monthly! That was before the mega-churches, not imagine now how much money is involved.

6:02AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Bigots are in denial! They don't think they are!

5:44AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

I think it's cute

4:51PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

(cont.) love it." Wrong for the 4th time Thomas. I like the compliment that i received but that is far from the reason I used the pic.

Catholic guilt is a joke? To take the guilt of someone who feels it because they did wrong is NOT a joke. Just because someone knows that something is wrong and than feels guilt about it is something many people feel. You know it is wrong to lie but you lie anyway. You than feel guilt for lying. That is normal. Christians are human Thomas. They sin and make mistakes. They than feel sorrow and guilt and try not to do it again. They try to do better. To say it is a joke is disrespectful and insulting. Just because you left the church, plenty of people stay. It is their belief, their religion. You say, "The fact is, gays are not actively persecuting christians. It does go the other way around" That is partially wrong. Yes, there are Christians who persecute gays but I have also seen gays that when they find out you are a Christian, will persecute you even when you have not said one word to them. There are also Christians who do not persecute gays. I do not and other Christians I know don't either. We do not believe their lifestyle is correct but do not say that to them unless asked. I have gay friends who I like. Even Jesus associated with prostitutes, tax collectors (which were thought of as thief's back than) and other sinners because he felt they needed God as much as and sometimes more than other people. Hate the sin, not the sinner

4:50PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

@ Thomas L. ...What is it with you and the word "dude" ? This is not the first time that you used it. Mostly, southern California surfer dudes use it. Hardly anyone else?

Again, stay on the topic of the article Thomas. I know you must have problems with attention (a joke if you don't get it) but try none the less. I am off topic to respond to your off the topic remarks.

I know the teachings of Christianity leaves no rom to be offended and to turn the other cheek but even Jesus got offended and angry when he saw the merchants selling in his Father's house. Sometimes, you do not turn the other cheek. But you are mostly supposed to turn the other cheek even in person. If someone was to hit Jesus in the face, he would literally turn the other cheek and let the person hit Him again. Jesus knew it was better to be hit again than to strike someone back.

Every time you mention about not wanting to see me naked on this website, I will tell you that you are not just sticking to the topic of the article (whatever article it happens to be at that moment). You are letting my pic "distract" you from the topic. There goes the subject of your attention again. I told you in another article topic "don't look" but you ignore my advice and just because you do not want to see the pic that I like, too bad. I just got a compliment from Kelly W. Some people like it as I do. I did not use that pic for that reason, to get compliments but it is nice to get one none the less. You say, "Face it

4:17PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Sorry for the double post. I hit add comment and for 2 minutes nothing happened. I timed it, so I hit add comment again and that is what happened.

4:14PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

@ Kelly W. ... Thank you, that was very nice.

4:11PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

@ Kelly....thank you. That was very nice.

4:08PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Charles, looks like you have a nice chest, don't change it!

3:59PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Look dude, christianity as the teachings of Jesus, doesn't leave room to get offended. You are to turn the other cheek I'm sure in spirit much more so than in person, right?

And if you wanna talk about off-topic comments, I made one comment in my initial post about not wanting to see you naked on this website, and I will every time I talk to you because I don't. You wrote an entire rebuttal to that ignoring my main points, then I responded to that rebuttal. Get your facts straight. I was hoping that me outting myself as a nudist who wears clothes in public, would make you see what you're doing with that. Face it, you love it.

Catholic guilt is a catholic joke actually. I am baptized Catholic though I left the church. The fact is, gays are not actively persecuting christians. It does go the other way around. And as a christian, getting your panties in a knot over this, and ignoring all the real hate and violence in the world, much of it still conducted in the name of Jesus, is not in keeping with your own scriptures. That is all.

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