The Catholic League, America's largest lay Catholic organization, and The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) rarely see eye-to-eye on anything, but both organizations have now denounced last weekend's Saturday Night Live sketch, which depicted Jesus, as Quentin Tarantino might have imagined him, fighting back against the Romans. The sketch was called Djesus Uncrossed and featured Christoph Waltz as Djesus. In a statement, Catholic League President Bill Donohue called the sketch vicious and singled out a snide remark by the announcer saying the skit was less violent than The Passion of the Christ. Another conservative Christian group, Concerned Women for America, said that the sketch was meant to degrade and taunt Christians and urged followers to complain about it to NBC. Both groups observed that the show would never have treated Islam or Mohammad similarly. The CAIR statement also called the sketch extremely offensive to Muslims, adding that such a distasteful portrayal of a religious figure revered by billions of Muslims and Christians worldwide crosses the comedic line. But Christian Toto of the conservative Breitbart.com, dismissed the CAIR statement, suggesting it may be trying lay down a marker for future satirical depictions of Muslims. Not that there was any chance that it would ever dare to do so, he added.
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.