Glee: the anti-Chris­tian ar­gu­ment

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Not just one of the most watched pro­grammes on TV but also one of the most talked about, Glee is now fac­ing its first blast of neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity.

US me­dia watch­dog group

has taken is­sue with the show, claim­ing that it is “sex­u­ally charged” and is

The coun­cil found that one par­tic­u­lar episode ( Show­mance) fea­tured “a veiled ref­er­ence to fel­la­tio, a speech de­nounc­ing ab­sti­nence, sim­u­lated sex dur­ing a mu­si­cal dance num­ber, and pre­ma­ture ejac­u­la­tion”.

Over at Time Mag­a­zine in an ar­ti­cle head­lined “The Gospel Of Glee – Is It Anti-Chris­tian?”, jour­nal­ist Nancy Gibbs re­ported how she had heard a

de­scribe the show as “anti-Chris­tian”. “It is easy to see his point if you look at the specifics,” wrote Gibbs. “In his view, Glee por­trays Chris­tians as He ob­served that the only self-iden­ti­fied Chris­tian is the shiny blond Quinn,


who is preg­nant by one class­mate but pre­tend­ing the fa­ther is an­other.

“Mean­while, the Glee Club di­rec­tor, Mr Schuester, is un­hap­pily mar­ried to a perky lit­tle spi­der, which makes the adul­tery sub­plot in­volv­ing him look pos­i­tively char­i­ta­ble.

“The stu­dents lie, they cheat, they steal, they lust, they

in or­der to give the stu­dent body a se­vere case of the munchies.

“Nearly all the Ten Com­mand­ments get vi­o­lated at one point or an­other, while the au­di­ence is in­vited to laugh at peo­ple’s pain and folly and hu­mil­i­a­tion.”

Gibbs goes on to give the of view of the show, but it is per­haps the show’s col­li­sion of con­tem­po­rary “edgi­ness” with

which gives it such a wide-rang­ing ap­peal.

It’s High School Mu­si­cal with sex, drugs and (a capella) rock’n’roll.

Schuester: “un­hap­pily mar­ried to a perky lit­tle spi­der”

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