The grumbling between Hollywood and conservative groups got a little bit louder recently. In this case, the Culture & Media Institute has fired shots against CBS' forensics drama Cold Case.
The group, which describes its mission as "to advance, preserve, and help restore America's culture, character, traditional values, and morals against the assault of the liberal media," claims the September 30 episode of Cold Case was "an exercise in bigoted, Christophobic fantasy."
In the episode, titled "That Woman," a young woman with a promiscuous past joins a Christian-based abstinence group, only to discover that the members don't practice what they preach. In order to protect the group's secrets, members murder the girl the old-fashioned way--by stoning her to death.
"When's the last time your local Christian youth group stoned somebody to death," writes Culture and Media Institute's Colleen Raezler, in an article that accuses CBS of "taking cheap shots at abstinence education" and portraying Christians as "judgmental and downright rude."
Raezler also takes issue with the youth pastor featured in the show. According to the article, when one group member confesses to having impure thoughts about him, the pastor asks her to confess these thoughts to him with her back turned, "so he can pleasure himself."
It isn't just prime time that's sinning, according to the group. The Culture & Media Institute and Raezler have also brought the brimstone against daytime television. The writer claims that Oprah Winfrey promoted irresponsible sexual behavior when she had a show featuring couples in an open relationship, and that Whoopi Goldberg's light-hearted comments about "doing" men and women on The View were "definitely inappropriate."