Concerns are being raised over an episode of “Family Guy” that aired on Fox this past weekend, the parent company of Fox News Network and Fox Entertainment Group, which blasphemes Jesus Christ by mocking his purity and depicting the Messiah as desiring to lose his virginity with another man’s wife.
“The 2,000 Year Old Virgin” was broadcast on Fox on Saturday, and was meant to be the Christmas version of “Family Guy,” an animated sitcom that often features off-color humor known to push the envelope. The show is produced by Fuzzy Door Productions, run by atheist Seth McFarlane, and 20th Century Fox Television, run by Jewish President David Madden. Fox was acquired in 1985 by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, who also publishes both the NIV Bible and The Satanic Bible through his ownership of Zondervan and Harper Collins.
In the controversial episode, “Family Guy” character Peter Griffin learns that Jesus is a virgin, and in a similar plot as the film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” sets out to help the Messiah lose His virginity.
“After running into Jesus at the Quahog Mall, Peter is stunned to discover that the Son of God is still a virgin,” a description of the episode outlines. “So, he enlists Quagmire and Cleveland to help him throw Jesus the best birthday ever by finding a way to help him become a man.”
When Jesus, who is played by Alec Sulkin and depicted as a man with long hair who goes out with the guys for a beer, selects Peter’s wife Lois, Peter agrees under the condition that he receive a massage chair.
The episode then depicts Jesus as lying about his virginity—that he only tells men that he is a virgin so that he can have sexual relations with their wives in exchange for gifts. As Jesus and Lois rent a hotel room together, Lois pulls out of the situation, stating that she doesn’t want anyone other than her husband. At the end of the broadcast after Peter and Lois thank Jesus for teaching them a lesson about resisting temptation, Jesus declares, “Who cares? I’m not even real. Merry Christmas.”
During a commentary on the broadcast in Season 4, creator McFarlane spoke on his hatred for Christianity.
“Do I have that much contempt for Christianity? I guess maybe I do,” he said. “The Big Bang has got a lot of support, live with it.”
“I do not believe in God. I’m an atheist,” he stated in a separate interview. “I consider myself a critical thinker, and it fascinates me that in the 21st century most people still believe in, as George Carlin puts it, ‘the invisible man living in the sky.'”
But McFarlane’s latest episode has disgusted even those who identify as fans of the often controversial sitcom, as they state that “Family Guy” has gone too far.
“This is thirty minutes of a ticked off anti-Christian making sure the world understands that he hates Jesus,” one commenter on IMDB wrote. “It was all about Seth MacFarlane forcing his views down our collective throats.”
“This is the first time I’ve stopped watching a Family Guy episode less than a quarter way through,” another wrote. “It’s absolutely sickening what they did.”
Some called for Fox to pull the broadcast before it aired, but it was given airtime anyway. The full episode also remains posted on the Fox website.
Editor’s Note: Those wishing to express objection to Fox airing the blasphemous “2,000 Year Old Virgin” episode of “Family Guy” may call Fox Entertainment Group at 310-369-3801 to leave a message for Deanna Harris, the assistant of President David Madden, or email [email protected] Please be kind and respectful in expressing your objection.