Brent Bozell, the founder and President of the Media Research Center usually writes about liberal bias in the media or our rapidly decaying popular culture. This week, however, in his column at Townhall.com, he writes about a book called The Last Testament, shortly to be published by Simon & Schuster. The Last Testament, written by one David Javerbaum, is a book length parody of the Bible, allegedly written by God Himself.
Those prestigious publishers at Simon and Schuster selected All Saints Day to unleash the book world’s latest attempt at mocking Christianity. It’s called “The Last Testament, by God.”
The author is David Javerbaum, a top writer for 11 years for “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, perhaps America’s leading religion-hating TV network. Is it any surprise that the critics love it?
Publishers Weekly raves, “The Almighty opens up in this blithely blasphemous satire of monotheism.” God, in this alleged autobiography, is “a complex, troubled Deity: vain, petulant, desperate for praise and burnt offerings, guiltily pensive in the after-wrath of unhinged smitings. Adherents of every Abrahamic faith will find plenty of hilarious, offensive manna for thought in these revelations.” Kirkus Reviews bluntly adds, “Damned comical. Amen.”
“Hilarious, offensive.” What they mean is that it’s hilarious because it’s offensive.
Simon and Schuster’s Executive Vice President and Publisher, Jonathan Karp announced the book by poking fun of the Jews. “We feel like we are the chosen publisher,” Karp cracked to Entertainment Weekly. “A lot of writers are creative, but this writer is really creative.” Karp was much more obsequious and reverent last fall in selling the last testament of Ted Kennedy, the posthumous memoir “True Compass.” Perhaps it’s because it’s Kennedy, not just God.
Javerbaum’s God is a doofus full of imperfections. In the beginning, God created the world so he could dominate someone. “In my humble opinion, thou canst hardly call thyself the LORD, if thou hast created no other beings to LORD it over,” Javerbaum imagines. “I had a burning ambition to rule the world, but I knew such a world was not going to create itself; no fully formed planet was going to suddenly appear and say, `Here, LORD, take these 20 burnt offerings,’ or `Here, LORD, take these 50 infidel heads,’ or `Here, LORD, take these 200 years of religious warfare.’”
You should really read the whole column to get a better idea of what this book is about.
Have you ever wondered why it is acceptable, even cool to make fun of Christianity while another certain peaceful religion is off-limits?
I guess that is the answer. Make fun of Christianity and all your liberal friends praise you for your courage. Make fun of Islam and you risk your life, plus your liberal friends will ostracize you as a Islamophobe.
Update: I understand that Mr. Javerbaum does, in fact, make fun of Islam in his book. You wouldn’t know it from the description in Amazon.com and frankly I am surprised that Simon & Schuster had the courage to publish a book critical of Islam. It must have slipped by their editors. That doesn’t invalidate my central point, though. People who pat themselves on the back for their courage in mocking Christianity or Judaism tend to be curiously reticent about mocking Islam, probably because they don’t want their arms pulled out of their sockets.