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Editor’s note: The lyrics cited in this story may offend some people.
Actors Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones, and Jon Cryer (L to R) of ‘Two and a Half Men’ on CBS
The CBS television show “Two and a Half Men” has broadcast an episode featuring the womanizing main character bragging about his sexual exploits – to the tune of the traditional Christmas carol “Joy to the World” – and the leader of a Christian organization that deals with the results of rampant sexual promiscuity is upset.
“In an affront to all of Christendom, the network allowed actor Charlie Sheen to change the lyrics of ‘Joy to the World’ into a song that could be called, ‘Joy to Fornication,’” according to Douglas R. Scott Jr., the president of Life Decisions International.
The television show, which has been described as a “comedy about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, sibling relations, surrogate families, money and, most importantly, love” never would meet the moral guidelines most Christian churches espouse.
But the song “crossed the line in a big way,” said Scott, whose organization publishes a list of corporate names, subsidiaries, products, services and contact details for companies that support the nation’s abortion industry leader, Planned Parenthood.
The lyrics Sheen uses in the episode include:
Joy to the world
I’m getting laid
I’m getting laid tonight.
We’ll light the Yule log
Deck the halls
And then we’ll play some
It’s been a real long wait
This is our second date
It’s Christmas Eve
And I’m getting laid.
“Does nobody think this is wrong?” Scott asked when he talked with WND about the situation. “Does nobody go, ‘Now, wait a minute?’”
“‘Joy to the World’ is a song about the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet CBS has allowed a song about the most precious, sacred and significant moment in history to be turned into a song about having sex outside of marriage,” Scott said. “Is there any line that anti-Christian people in the media will not cross?”
Scott said the episode was something “one would expect from more well-known ungodly networks such as MTV.”
And he noted nearly 70 percent of CBS stock is owned by Sumner M. Redstone, who also happens to control MTV.
Scott said he’s written to CBS President Leslie Moonves with a copy to Redstone, with a demand for an apology.
“What’s more,” he wrote, “CBS needs to pledge that such bigotry and disregard for the sacred beliefs of billions of people will never again be displayed.”
“Why have attacks on Christians and Christianity become so commonplace and even acceptable? No other group of people tolerates such treatment. I think it’s time for a Christian anti-defamation league.”
Such behavior by a television character played by Sheen, however, wasn’t a complete surprise to LDI. His name is on the list of celebrities maintained by LDI who support legal abortion, officials said.
LDI said it would ask people to contact the two corporations with their comments at:
Leslie Moonves, CBS Corporation, 51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019; phone: 212-975-4321.
The television show is about Sheen, a “well-to-do bachelor” with a beach house, sports car and “an easy way with women,” when his brother and nephew arrive to live with him. “Complicating” factors are appearances by his “mother,” his brother’s ex-wife, a neighbor and a house-keeper.
LDI said its pro-life efforts to date have convinced more than 125 corporations to stop funding Planned Parenthood, at a cost to the abortion industry giant of an estimated $40 million.
Scott is the author of several books, including “Bad Choices: A Look Inside Planned Parenthood.” He’s a former executive director of National Right to Life Committee Inc.’s affiliates in Washington and Arizona.