A Christian media watchdog is protesting a proposed animated TV show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of His “powerful but apathetic father” and live a regular life in New York City.

Movieguide founder Ted Baehr is seeking 500,000 signatures on an online petition to stop Comedy Central from pursuing the half-hour program JC. According to the network, the show portrays God as more interested in playing video games than listening to His son talk about adjusting to life in the big city. The show is being produced by Reveille, the company behind The Office, Ugly Betty and The Biggest Loser.

“The very concept of this show is blasphemous and Christophobic,” Baehr said in an e-mail to supporters. “Comedy Central wouldn’t develop such a show about Mohammed, the founder of Islam. So, why do they want to develop a show mocking Jesus Christ and Christ’s relationship to the Father, first person of the Holy and undivided Trinity?”

Just weeks before it announced JC in early May, Comedy Central opted not to air an image of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in a bear costume on its animated series South Park after the network was threatened by an extremist Islamic website. Comedy Central obscured the character with a black box and bleeped out references to his name.