I thought it was in poor taste to show the video clip from Monty Python with a man hanging on a crucifix singing, "Always look on the bright side of life." It is in even poorer taste considering next week is Holy Week. I've always been a supporter of World News but I am offended by this most recent video clip.
It's called "Dark Humor". I personally don't care for that style, but I get where the writer is trying to go with it. It's not meant to be taken seriously. Of course, most religious people have very little sense of humor when it comes to anything to do with religion. Just take a look around the world at all of the overly serious, touchy religious goofballs who are ready to blow up the world because somebody sneezed on the wrong day of the week. Did you ever notice that there is no humor in religion? It's funny that the Bible says that God created man in his image, yet man has a sense of humor, and proceeds to find humor in even the most bleak situations, while according to religion God never so much as breaks a smile. He's always P.O. about something! Sounds like man has "one up" on God. Hmmmm.
My husband and I were VERY offended by the crucifixion scene shown at the end of this story about optimism last night 3-13-08 on World News Tonight. We are Christians, and this is the time of year, just before Easter, that Christians remember the death of our Savior on the cross, and you showed a "jesting" crucifixion scene at the end of this segment.
I notice, however, that this offensive scene is not shown here with the story on the internet. My hope is that you have been bombarded by other Christians since last night, who were also offended. There is nothing funny about seeing people being crucified. If this was an attempt at humor, it was a very misguided attempt.
I don't believe for one second, that you would allow such disrespect for ANY other religion to be shown on your news program.
The only good thing I can say is, that I am glad Charlie Gibson was not on World News last night. I regard him higher than to believe he would ever condone such a blatant slap-in-the-face against Christians, or any other religion, for that matter.
I lost a lot of respect for ABC World News last night.
I was very surprised to see the video clip from Monty Python to encourage positive thinking using the two thieves and Christ on the cross as an example. Somehow, I don't think it would have been used if Charlie Gibson had been the newscaster that night.