I don’t think there’s any other TV show that has had such a controversial reception in the nerd community as The Big Bang Theory. The show is wildly popular with mainstream audiences. It’s won two People’s Choice Awards, two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and more than a handful of nominations for cast and crew every year it’s been on the air. But much of the nerd community has yet to embrace it. Most of the criticisms fall into the categories of “nerdism” and “sexism.” I would say that these people don’t know what they’re talking about… but that wouldn’t be fair. Instead, I’ll attempt to show you why TBBT isn’t the big terrible beast some would have you believe it to be.
You see, I am a Catholic. In fact, not only am I a Catholic, but I actually decided to dedicate my life to the Catholic Church by studying theology. I am currently going for my Masters in Theology and further plan to go on to get my PhD. That means I have already dedicated about six years of my life to studying theology and I intend to keep doing so for the rest of my natural existence. Clearly, I care about my faith.
That being said, I am the first to admitt when the Catholic Church does something wrong. Actually, because I am Catholic, I tend to come down harder on the Catholic Church and other Catholics for doing something wrong.
And I will come right out and say it—the Catholic Church’s stance on homosexuality is wrong. It’s not just kind of wrong, it’s completely and utterly wrong.
However, Fandom, can you please stop making the Catholic Church seem like the freaking Westboro Baptist Church when it comes to homosexuality!
I have read a lot of fanfics and a lot of slash fanfics. Some are what you would call Alternate Universe, where instead of say Dean and Cas being a hunter and an angel fighting demons, they are both starting college and have been paired up as roommates—hilarious hijinks happen!
Inevitably, however, in slash fanfics set in our world a lot of authors tend to incorporate religion into the plot. After all, if one character has been taught their whole life that homosexuality is wrong and then realizes they are gay, well, that is a pretty dramatic and intense story. However, almost all of these fanfics have the uber-religious character be a practicing and devoted Catholic, which would be fine if they didn’t portray my faith like it was Naziism. Continue reading
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