NBC’s "Law & Order" programs are long-established and all over the schedule. But the sex-obsessed vice cops of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" are a breed apart. They exist to be socially provocative, which is to say, to rattle, to disturb. Viewers at home probably weren’t ready for the plot that aired on NBC on March 3. These script writers are so revolting that they become almost comical.
As you read what follows, you decided how closely this mirrors anything resembling the world of reality.
Someone was strangling prostitutes to death and leaving prayer cards behind. The first suspect was a perverted man whose wife proclaimed he had converted to Christianity and overcome his sinful ways. The cops quickly discovered the man dismissed his wife as a "prude" and he was cheating on her with a variety of young girls, because "it’s not a crime to want a little variety" in his sex life, including "toys, role play, and threesomes." Despite his ardor for sexual gunplay as well, this so-called Christian was not the strangler.
Unsurprisingly, the killer was a Bible-quoting minister. During an interrogation by the male lead detective on "SVU," he claimed. "There is a better life waiting for girls like her [a murdered prostitute] in Heaven," that "God put me on this earth to fight Satan’s grip on these girls’ souls!" and "Sometimes dying is better than living."
Hmm. Why don't the writers at L&O: SVU ever, ever, ever do this to Islam? Portray Muslims in such a comically extreme negative light through fictional Muslim characters? Would they ever dare?
Afraid? Of what? Losing their heads or something?
At least there's plenty of precedent for that in the real world.
Easy to make Christians look bad because they know that there's pretty much NO Christians going around retaliating like, say, the Mohammed Toon jihadis did. Easy to go after folks whom one believes won't do anything in response to malicious, and incessant, smears.
Ah, but L&O: SVU is, after all, nothing more than a figment of some Christianophobic, hard-leftwingnutcase Hollyweird writers... At best it may be mildly entertaining. At worst, it might make some impressionable folks develop what I'd call Christianophobic attitudes. That said, what if the writers were to treat gays and Muslims in their storylines as aggressively negatively as they treat Christians? Surely there'd be complaints... at least. And, following the complaints, the writers would be advised that their bosses "wanted to talk to them".