Christians have learned to accept being belittled, made fun of, and marginalized; vicious attacks on our faith happen daily, but none are as offensive and overt as the new ABC series GCB, named after the novel Good Christian Bit***s.
GCB and its vitriolic portrayal of Christianity are emblematic of a broader cultural norm: Say what you will of Christianity -- hateful, distasteful, or otherwise -- but do not dare say an offensive word of any faith outside of the Judeo-Christian realm.
Look no further than the GCB preview to see just how insulting this series is to Christian believers. A beautiful, flashily dressed Christian woman says in a chiding tone, We have a moral code here, followed directly by a scene featuring a Christian man who asks, Want to do it on the desk? The Christian woman he is addressing slams down the portrait of Jesus on his desk, climbs across the table, and I'll let your imagination take it from there.
This is just one portion of the highly offensive preview, which ends with a zoomed in image of a woman's enormous breasts with a cross dangling in between as the announcer proclaims ABC's GCB.
It is bewildering to me that the scenes I have just described are not from the pages of some trashy romance novel, but rather a portion of a mainstream primetime program. I cannot help but imagine the outrage that would have ensued had GCB been GMB with the M standing for Muslim -- a program that I would have condemned just as fervently.
What if a portrait of Muhammad had been treated in the same manner the portrait of Jesus was in the GCB desk scene? What if Islamic women, like the women of GCB, were portrayed as shallow, vapid women obsessed with plastic surgery? The Islamic community would be up outraged and vocal, as the Christian community should be.
But perhaps that is beside the point. The real issue at hand is the lack of sensitivity Hollywood displays toward Christians. While it is a cultural norm to tread on egg shells when discussing Islamic culture, there is no such equal respect for Christians.
We bend over backwards to ensure every element of Islam is respected, even for the detainees at Guantanamo, who are there for killing innocent Americans. We give them prayer rugs and Korans and accommodate their daily prayer habits. The defense team for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, even went so far as to wear burqas in court to respect KSM's faith -- the same faith he contorted into being a justification for the attacks.
Meanwhile, Jon Stewart is able to say on The Daily Show: Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vagina mangers accompanied by a picture of a manger scene in between a woman's legs.
No faith should be disrespected -- not Islam, not Buddhism, not Judaism, and not Christianity. All mainstream faiths should be treated with respect, but the current state of affairs is quite the contrary. Only a fool could deny the overtly shocking double standard when it comes to Christianity.
Kayleigh McEnany is a writer and political activist who graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and studied at Oxford University. She is the founder of www.RealReaganConservative.com. She writes every Tuesday for the International Business Times.