Cable comedy king Larry David under fire from critics and religious orgs for Curb ep where he urinated on a painting of Jesus.

The critics charge David pushed the envelope waaaay too hard in the show’s satirical mocking of the Christian belief in miracles in new ep of his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm which the cable net defends as "playful."

In the controversial ep, David relieves himself in his assistant home, splashing urine on the painting nearby. With
out wiping the offending liquid off, his assistant enters and concludes the painting is "crying".

"Was Larry David always this crude? Would he think it’s comedic if someone urinated on a picture of his mother?" Bill Donohue the President of the Catholic League decried the "humor".

"Anyone who follows Curb Your Enthusiasm knows that the show is full of parody and satire," HBO said in a statement.  "Larry David makes fun of everyone, most especially himself.  The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious."

Yet, prior to airing, the cable net promoted the controversial ep heavily on its website complete with a gimmicky Squirm-o-Meter to gauge viewer reaction.