The HistoryÂ cable channel features programs such as “Pawn Stars,” “Swamp People,”Â ”Ice Road Truckers,” “American Pickers” and “Ax Men,” shows that can be entertaining although they have absolutely nothing to do with historical events unlessÂ people think hocking an heirloom,Â gator hunting, driving Alaska’s Dalton Highway,Â junk shopping, or tree chopping constitute historical events.Â Â
However,Â they happen to pull in pretty good ratings–and advertising dollars–sufficient reasons for HistoryÂ to continue producing them.Â Â Â
After unprecedented hype including hour-by-hour countdowns, History scored a blockbuster with the first three installments ofÂ its interpretation of “The Bible,” topping “American Idol” in viewership.Â Even before its initial segment onÂ March 3rd,Â celebrities Shakira, Kate Gosselin, P-diddy, Christina Aguillera, and SarahÂ Ferguson,Â and othersÂ weighed in with fulsome praise.Â
Those endorsementsÂ were the first clue that History’s interpretation would be something less than biblically-correct.Â Â
Seriously now,Â have celebs like P-diddyÂ actually read theÂ real Bible and, if not, should they be babbling on about the merits of what is essentially an almost farcical television production?
The Bible is undoubtedly the most popular book ever written but “The Greatest Story Ever Told” refers not toÂ the Bible specifically but to the title of a 1965 movie, the story of the life of Jesus Christ from His conception and birth to His Resurrection from the dead and not about the entire Old and New Testaments.Â
Now, admittedly, we live in an extremelyÂ politically correct, mediaÂ culture whichÂ tends toÂ doctor reality in order to be PC and to avoid allegations ofÂ unadulteratedÂ truth but shouldn’t we expect some fundamental honesty at the minimum?Â
Should, for example, “The Bible” have graphically re-created the destruction of SodomÂ and Gomorrah without explaining that the cause of God’s wrath was instigated by the rampant homosexuality in those ancient cities?Â
Or, did theÂ miniseries’ creators Mark Burnett and wife Roma DowneyÂ omit that critical detail out of fear theyÂ mightÂ alienate certain segments of their audienceÂ with an ugly truth and opted instead toÂ sanitize reality?
Â Should History have depicted the expulsion and disinheritance of Hagar, Abraham’s Egyptian concubine and mother of his first born son Ishmael, the ancestor ofÂ the Arabs including the ultimate Arab Muhammad, as simply the result of Abraham’s old wife’s jealousy?Â
Or did Burnett and Downey try to conceal the truth that Sarah’s first born was first in line to rule the Jewish people, a truth, had it come to fruition, would have made the world a safer place today and made Abraham’s second son Isaac an historical footnote at best?Â
Â Should History have gone so PC thatÂ dozens ofÂ Philistines and various ninja-like angels had to be black and even Samson became a huge blackÂ man who foolishly allowed the white temptress, Delilah, to give him a haircut?Â
Was catering to black viewers so important a goal to History that the channel felt compelled toÂ supplement sacredÂ biblical text by inserting racial elements into its version of “The Bible”?Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
As of this writing, there areÂ two more installments due on what History considers history.Â I wouldn’t be surpised if they out Jesus Christ as a flaming gay, if Judas Iscariot is portrayed as black martyr, or if Pope Francis is exposed as a closet transvestite.Â Â
I can hardlyÂ wait forÂ History’s final two episodes.Â Still, no matter what new liberal-leftist revelations they spring, I still prefer “Swamp People”.Â At least killing alligators is real.Â