Hell's Bells, People...

Yesterday, this little nugget of news came across my radar: [embed]https://twitter.com/Newsarama/status/604032408162291712[/embed]

This is one of the dumbest things I've heard of lately, aside from Rick Santorum running for president again, and my gut reaction is that pretty much anything fundamentalist Christian conservative lobby groups such as this and the American Family Association that oversees the no-doubt inflated figure of One Million Moms are against, I'm for. Like, you know, human equality, or, I dunno, cakes for anyone willing to buy them from people who make cakes for a living, but whatever...

As Comic Book Resources reports:

The petition describes the show as "a new series which will glorify Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh."

"The series will focus on Lucifer portrayed as a good guy, 'who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell,'" it continues. "He resigns his throne, abandons his kingdom and retires to Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals."

Well, Heaven forbid... Conversely, can you imagine the outrage of these twelve angry moms if their biblical god were ever depicted accurately on screen? I can't help but note that The History Channel's adaptation of The Bible, by all accounts, seemed oddly free of genocide, rape, slavery, bigamy, incest, and anything even remotely challenging or provocative. But, I suppose it made Joel Osteen smile and likely bought him another mansion for all of his consultancy work.

By the way, if you're interested in some solid figures and a fun look at who's the bigger dickbag in the Bible, might I recommend Steve Well's Drunk With Blood - God's Killings In The Bible for some light reading?

Needless to say, as I did with the release of the nonsensical Clean Reader app, I have some thoughts on this ill-conceived and derisive attempt at religiously-motivated censorship pandering. As Newsarama notes, this same group has a history of trying to bend entertainment media across their knee, and in 2012 lobbied against both Marvel and DC Comics for their inclusiveness of gay characters in their comic books.

So, as I'm wont to do in times such as these, I had a brief twitter rant, shown below.






Now, from what I can understand, the Fox TV adaptation of Lucifer strays a good deal far away from the comic book source material. And perhaps much to the shock of the pitchfork, fire, and brimstone crowd, this is a fictional television drama based on a fictional comic book. But, even if it weren't, that wouldn't change the fact that at the core of it all is a fictional character that exists only in literature and other entertainment and media-based venues.

Lucifer is not real. Demons are not real. Supernatural is not a documentary, and, sad to say, End of Days was not just another day in the life and times of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In point of fact, the TV series Lucifer is every bit as valid an interpretation of the iconic, and public domain, character of Lucifer as the Bible, Dante's Inferno, or Milton's Paradise Lost.

In fact, as near as I can tell, this petition is not really about Lucifer at all. It's more about the difficulties of being a parent and opting to shrug off any bit of responsibility for raising sensible children in favor of demanding society bow to your will instead.

Apparently, diligently attempting to court controversy is much simpler than, oh, say, changing the god damn channel on your TV and monitoring the viewing habits of your own child. Then again, I've never understood this mentality of "I don't like it, so the whole world needs to change for me" that is at the core of this pathetic drama. And also, I just really hate it when Bible-thumpers think they can tell me, or anyone else, what I can or cannot do based on their beliefs instead of what I find suitable for myself. It's like they never heard of free will or something...

People are free to watch or not, but the fate of this series, along with any other creative endeavor, should be determined by the audience and the work's own merits, rather than a group of bigmouths casting blind aspersions because they prefer to be fear-mongers instead of informed adults and active, engaged parents.

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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