Veggie Tales Bible Verses Offensive???

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    NBC: Bible Verses In Veggie Tales Offensive, But Not Madonna's Mockery Of The Crucifixion Of Christ

    NBC anti-Christian bigotry continues. This time NBC censored Bible verses and expressions of Christian love from the children's cartoon Veggie Tales being shown Saturday mornings on NBC.

    NBC says comments such as "God made you special and He loves you very much" were offensive and censored them from the show.

    In response to the outrage over the allegations that NBC was ordering the removal of any references to God and the Bible from the animated series, the network first issued a flat denial. As reported in Broadcasting & Cable, NBC said they had to "clip off the beginning and ending tags, which are Bible verses, but they were also arguably the easiest cut to make."

    The creator of Veggie Tales, Phil Vischer, said NBC's excuse for censoring the Bible verses was not true. Vischer said, "Well, that's kinda funny, because as the guy required to do all the editing, I know that statement is false...The show wasn't too long, it was too Christian. The show was already cut down to the proper length, so timing had nothing to do with it."

    NBC then backpeddled: "NBC is committed to the positive messages and universal values of Veggie Tales. Our goal is to reach as broad an audience as possible with these positive messages while being careful not to advocate any one religious point of view." Evidently NBC considers not being truthful as one of their "universal values."

    Vischer said had he known how much censorship NBC would exercise, he would not have signed on for the network deal.

    Censored were comments such as: "Calm down. The Bible says we should love our enemies." And "the Bible says Samson got his strength from God. And God can give us strength, too."

    NBC says using Bible verses or referring to God is offensive to some non-Christians. But NBC doesn't hesitate to offend Christians by showing Madonna mocking the crucifixion of Christ. Neither do not mind offending Christians in their new program Studio 60 with a segment called Crazy Christians.

    Go here to send an email https://secure.afa.net/afa/activism/takeaction.asp?id=218 to NBC asking them to end their bias against Christians and stop censoring the references to God's love in Veggie Tales.

    Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
    American Family Association
     
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    Thanks I am Blessed 16!

    I sent an email!
     
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    I'm thoroughly disgusted that the owners sold it to someone they KNEW would do this.

    The series was something we as parents put trust in and let our kids watch with the expectation that there was spiritual value.

    Now something that kids have loved and grew up with suddenly has God yanked out of it.

    Shame on everyone involved this whole ugly deal, but even more so on the Christians in charge who let it happen. It was a horrible decision. They had a major responsibility and they majorly failed in carrying it out.
     
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    I thought he said he wouldn't have done it if he knew he was going to have to have this kind of censorship.
     
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    That would make no sense. A brief review would have shown that the program was 99.9% likely to reformed to fit the standard fare they offer. :confused:
     
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    A friend of mine who manages a TV station told me that some of the sharpest criticism he gets are from Christians. Often they are things that would never be said to him in person. So, we need to be careful how we approach such things.
     
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    http://www.bigidea.com/company/news/tv_statement.htm

    Two weeks ago, VeggieTales made its debut on national television. After 13 years and 50 million videos sold, many people are familiar with Bob & Larry and their brand of "Sunday Morning Values, Saturday Morning Fun!" But putting VeggieTales on TV has got some people asking, "Hey, what's the big idea?"

    Some think that because of its teaching of Judeo-Christian values, VeggieTales should not be allowed on TV -- or at least should be restricted to a time slot or channel for religious programming. Others feel that VeggieTales should be on TV and in the exact same format that is familiar to millions of families. Well, VeggieTales is on TV and is not in the same format as the DVDs -- and that's created a bit of a stir! Keep reading to hear how this all happened.
     
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    That twisted logic would make even Clinton blush.

    Not only was the expectation that the reader was stupid, but that they are unfamiliar with television. (duh) There are plenty of other programs that encourage the same values.

    And lack of bad doesn't mean presence of good. Taking God out is NEVER good, so IMO this is WORSE than the programs of similar moral content that didn't include God in the first place. And teaching kids it's ok to take God out of the equation to be able to show more people "something good" is about as immoral as it gets.
     
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    NBC didn't recieve my complaint. Mine went directly to the creators. It was they who decided that this was somehow a good idea. NBC is only doing business as usual.

    There are many, many outlets that Big Idea could have used to bring Veggie Tales to TV without compromising their standards. They chose to do it this way and they are the ones who deserve the complaints.

    The link that Joshua Rhodes provided contains an e-mail link for messages on this subject.
     
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    if it wouldnt been for veggie tales

    if it wouldnt been for veggie tales i probaly would never been saved, it sad that anyone would censor a such awesome thing like the veggie tales, personly coming from a non believing background nobody in my family is offended by a tomato and a cucumber saying bible verses.
     
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    I was reading the messages people left at BigIdea and this one sums up my feelings.

    [FONT=verdana,helvetica,arial]"Kimberly:
    I am not happy that NBC has made you revise the VeggieTales slogan "God Loves You Very Much" and has made Big Idea take the reference to the bible out of the story line; however, we are a world in desperate need of age appropriate television. Please keep up the good fight!"



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    [FONT=verdana,helvetica,arial]With all the garbage on tv that are supposed to be children's shows, I am glad VeggieTales are on network tv. Something decent and fun for them to watch. Especially for all the non-Christian households out there. I hope that more and more kids will watch them and want the videos too. Then they will see them unedited. But I do hate that NBC edited them like that. :(
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    I'm curious what you mean. I must admit that I find the veggies to be humorous, but I don't ever recall an episode that gave a clear presentation of the gospel.
     

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