Issue a Public Apology to Catholics and Christians
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The Recording Academy; CBS

Issue a Public Apology to Catholics and Christians

    1. Constance M
    2. Petition by

      Constance M

      Cleveland, OH

At the 2012 Grammys, The Recording Academy and CBS permitted a performance by Nicki Minaj which was an offensive assault on Christianity and Catholicism. Minaj showed up at the event wearing a red hooded cape trimmed in beads resembling a rosary, on the arm of a man dressed like the Pope. That was just the beginning.

The prelude to her stage performance was a segment with her scream-singing at a man dressed as a Catholic priest. She then proceeded to her stage performance, which had a stained glass background, choir boys singing “O Come All Ye Faithful,” monks dancing, a taped video mocking exorcism, a man dressed up as a Bishop, and perhaps the worst offense: a female dancer gyrating on a confessional bench with an altar boy “praying” between her legs.

Per the Catholic League: “None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys…Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam [in this way]. It’s bad enough Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-à-vis a hostile administration in Washington [in reference to President Barack Obama’s recent moves to require the Church to go against the first Amendment to the Constitution, and violate their beliefs by being forced to provide contraceptives], without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry.”

This performance was a direct assault on the majority of Americans who consider themselves to be Christians, as well as 77.7 million Catholics, in a country with the fourth largest Catholic population in the world. This is to say nothing of all of those who tuned in to see a tribute to the late great Whitney Houston, to see instead the Grammys making a mockery of church and Christianity, a religion which she held to be sacred.

We demand that CBS and the Recording Academy issue a formal apology to the Catholic Church and Christians nationwide. It is up to the signers of this petition whether they will ever watch the Grammy’s again after this apology is made public. We are both saddened and sickened by this attack on the values and practices which millions hold close to their hearts. There is simply no excuse for publicly berating and desecrating the sacraments of any religion as you did.

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      Constance M
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to those of you who are standing up for this issue! We are more than halfway there! Please share this petition as far and wide as you can, so that we can send a strong message to the powers that be that the public is not alright with televised assaults on anyone's personal beliefs, whether we share those beliefs or not. You don't need to be Catholic or Christian to recognize that this was a direct insult to a creed of this country; it shouldn't be acceptable to insult any race, culture, or creed. Thanks again!

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    • Erika Grimm OCEANSIDE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I find it ridiculous that any other faith is safe from ridicule but it is completely ok to bash the Catholic church because we aren't "with the times". We need to go back to teaching our girls virtues like modesty and purity, not sexualization of every aspect of life.

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    • Allison Biddix ASHEVILLE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      A mockery of Christianity and the Catholic faith is a mockery of God himself.

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    • G M LINESVILLE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Amen, this government is trampling on our religious rights, also, we need to Petition Change,Org to have a Religious Rights Section, right now all of our petitions are spread out all over the place, and we can't get signatures that way, there are all kinds of rights here on Change.Org, and Religious Rights should be here, The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion, I have a Petition called, Religious Rights Section, please sign my petition so we can get a Religious Rights Section on here, if we don't stick together, Like Christ said, then we will get what we have, a minority telling a majority what to do, Please Sign,

      CHRIST HUNG FOR YOU, WILL YOU STAND FOR HIM?

      http://www.change.org/petitions/jesus-christ

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    • G M LINESVILLE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Amen, this government is trampling on our religious rights, also, we need to Petition Change,Org to have a Religious Rights Section, right now all of our petitions are spread out all over the place, and we can't get signatures that way, there are all kinds of rights here on Change.Org, and Religious Rights should be here, The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion, I have a Petition called, Religious Rights Section, please sign my petition so we can get a Religious Rights Section on here, if we don't stick together, Like Christ said, then we will get what we have, a minority telling a majority what to do, Please Sign,

      CHRIST HUNG FOR YOU, WILL YOU STAND FOR HIM?

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    • Elaine Tuigamala LEUMEAH, AK
      • over 2 years ago

      BECAUSE IT WAS OFFENSIVE AND SHIT.

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