Glaring error on the Smithsonian Channel

December 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

An Icon of Saint Nicholas of MyraI recently added the Smithsonian Channel app on my Nook Color (bought it two months before the Nook Tablet came out, just my luck…). You can watch full shows and explore other content with the app, and the first show I watched was one which was in the rotation of recommended shows on the front page, “In Search of Santa Claus.” The show seeks to educate the masses about that which every Catholic knows from the age of reason- that “Jolly old Saint Nick” was a real guy, who came about long before the fat man in the red suit created by marketers. Seems like a great show to watch, especially during this Christmas season.

So I’m not three minutes into the show, during the part where the announcer is basically giving a precap of the show, when he states something along the lines of how the saint’s bones were dug up and ‘worshiped by millions, even royalty.” Um, wait, excuse me? Did an organization purporting to be a museum, a repository of knowledge, just say that Catholics worship Saints’ relics? Yep. I stopped watching the show, and fired off a quick email to the producers. Once again, Christians are under attack at Christmas. It just really reinforced the belief that there is still a clear anti-Christian, anti-Catholic agenda in American media. I urge all Catholics to contact the Smithsonian Channel (produced by Showtime Networks) and educate them on Catholic doctrine, reminding them that there are a lot of us and we refuse to watch television networks that blatantly misrepresent our beliefs.

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