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A Religious Zealot Hates Me
Posted by Eric Zane on June 29 2009
Ok. This is an email I received from our Worthy Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He is my friend and a supporter of the show. Apparently one of the Knights doesn't like me and voiced his concerns to our Worthy Grand Knight.

----- Original Message -----
From: "
To: "Eric " <>
Sent: Sunday, June 7, 2009 4:42:30 PM
Subject: Some info...

Eric, I hope I am not doing a bad thing by sending you this. I wanted to keep you in the loop on some things that were brought up to me and my responses. This is FYI only. Please know that I DO support you in EVERYTHING you do. Please keep up the good work in profession and in faith! You and your family are good friends and I will fight for all of you whenever it is needed. Let me know if something like this comes up and I will be there in a heartbeat to defend you! I have left the name out to protect anonymity. And whatever you do, DON'T STOP DOING WHAT YOU ENJOY DOING!!! Later.

Grand Knight
Knights of Columbus
Bishop Sheen Council #7487

(* original message *)
Have you ever listened to the Free Beer and HotWings show.
The only thing I can say is disturbing. To think Zane is a Eurcharist Minister and a shining member of the K of C is to equate a wolf in sheeps clothing. I have been trying for months to separate the "show" from the person but they are one in the same. For him to be on air dispensing his type of porn humor to our children is the dumbing down of our youth. I listened to Father today asking us if were Disciples or follower made me question how this man can sit in the front pew and not be here just to ridicule our religion.

Help me out brother, how am I looking at this wrong. Show me the error and help me not to become angry when I see him distributing Holy Communion....


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This is what I responded with.

Dear :

Please pass this along to the man who emailed you. This may help him understand.
Seriously, I want this guy to see this.

Let me know what you think.


Dear Sir:

Our Grand Knight passed along your concerns to me. He did not reveal who you were. I'll address your concerns line by line from your email to him.

First though, our Grand Knight tried defending me by saying I play a character. While I appreciate his efforts, that is in fact not true. The man I throw out there on the radio is also the man who attends Mass regularly. I just think that you're attacking me in an unfair way. To call what I do "disturbing" and "porn humor" may be a bit much. But whatever, if that's not your thing, then fine. I just need you to know that I have never ever tried to intentionally hurt a soul in what I do. My job is to crack jokes and try to make people smile as they do drive off to their everyday jobs. I delight in making people happy. I attack myself and my obvious flaws daily. The other members of the show let me have it the worst for the man I am. I try to take it in stride because I know when the chips are down, they'd do anything for me and I would do anything to help back.

It bothers me that a man such as yourself would take it to the level you did. You seem very judgemental. Have you been told that before by others close to you?

You said..." I have been trying for months to separate the "show" from the person but they are one in the same."

Excuse me? Do I know you? Have I ever even spoken to you? That was an ignorant statement. Perhaps you should walk up to me, introduce yourself and say "Can I talk to you about something that's been on my mind?" You'd be surprised but I would of talked to you for a long time about how I do what I do. In that time you would learn more about me and you may get a better understanding. Instead, you wasted all that time and energy getting yourself worked up about nothing. That's silly. The truth is you know nothing about me. I'm a good man with a big heart.

You said... "For him to be on air dispensing his type of porn humor to our children is the dumbing down of our youth." I think you're giving me too much credit. I make a few people laugh, but I think you're overstating things a bit here. I joke in a pg-13 fashion all the time. Hell, sometimes I do step over the line. I don't let my kids listen to my show. It's not intended for kids. Any parent that lets their children listen are making a mistake. I don't let my kids watch certain films. You know why? Because I'm a parent doing his job.

You said..."I listened to Father today asking us if were Disciples or follower made me question how this man can sit in the front pew and not be here just to ridicule our religion."

Ok. Now you're actually angering me. How dare you. You know nothing about me. You and everyone in that sacred place is a sinner to the bone. It just so happens that I am an open book. Unlike EVERYONE else. Everybody knows my sins. I'm an anger-filled addict who swears to much and mocks people mercilessly. I also care very deeply about my parish and all of the members in it. I cook funeral luncheons. I go the The Haven and cook for kids who've had some rough times. I've helped with the Tootsie Roll drives. On the radio the show has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for MS, Alzheimers, Leukemia-Lymphoma, Ataxia Telangiectasia. Not to mention tens of thousands of dollars of my personal earnings to charities and the church. Who do you think you are? I can't tell you how to think but to somebody who obviously talks a good game, you've no idea what it takes to be a Christian. If you took some time and approached me like a man I bet we could of even been friends. In fact, I bet we still could. But right now I'm really mad at you over that one.

I am no Saint. I have never claimed to be. Are you? Tell me your wrongs and let me judge you. Are you up for that?

You said..."Help me out brother, how am I looking at this wrong. Show me the error and help me not to become angry when I see him distributing Holy Communion...."

I've helped you out. You are wrong and I've told you why you are wrong. Next time take care of it yourself and come see me.


Eric
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