Does anyone think he’d do this with Muhammad?
With early reviews panning Oprah Winfrey’s latest major movie release, and her own reluctance to get into presidential politics cutting into the enthusiasm of Winfrey’s fan base, late-night “comic” Stephen Colbert decided this week to hit a new low in attacking President Donald Trump in the service of Winfrey’s potential presidential run.
He used an interview to insult the faith of millions of Americans.
During an Oprah appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the eponymous host went for a cheap, blasphemous gag by staging a “cameo” by God Himself who urged Winfrey to make a run for the presidency.
As a joke it bombed horribly. But as a statement of just how hostile elite liberal class in American are to established religion, it spoke volumes.
And Democrats think they have a chance of winning the support of American values voters?
(Here’s a hint, most voters don’t live in Manhattan, but they’re still sophisticated enough to know when a joke is more offensive than funny — and when it’s not funny at all.)
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Calling a skit like that “juvenile” would be an insult to adolescents.
And it would be tempting to say it was beneath even Colbert – who’s obviously no dummy – if one of the nation’s most vocal Trump haters hadn’t already disgraced himself repeatedly on national television by delivering foul-mouth insults to the president, using the lame trope of Nazi Germany to do it.
But what’s really remarkable about the skit is the bristling hostility toward Western religion itself.
In what’s by far the most offensive line of the sketch, “God” appears thrilled that Winfrey is a believer.
“Wow, Oprah knows who I am? I can’t wait to tell Jesus!”
Merriam-Webster defines “blasphemy” as “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.” And even an ostensible Catholic like Colbert ought to realize that fits the bill.
Even for nonbelievers, the deliberate mockery of the name of Jesus should be out of bounds – as out of bounds as it certainly would be on a late-night comedy show if the subject were, say, a 7th Century Arab who founded a certain religion Americans are told constantly means nothing but peace.
But these are Democrats — a party of unremitting hostility toward religion except when it suits the purposes of political progressives.
For a Democrat and unabashed Hillary Clinton fan like Colbert to mock his own Catholic faith in the service of a political end is nothing. Oprah, whose religion is more New Age than the Baptist church she was raised in, according to author Marcia Nelson, might have even less stake than Colbert in respecting the faith of the vast majority of Americans.
Winfrey’s new movie, the cloyingly politically correct “A Wrinkle in Time,” is getting reviews that have it close to landing in “flop territory,” according to Fox News.
The short-lived passion for an Oprah run for the presidency has been cooled by Oprah herself.
So the Trump-hating Colbert had to do something to end his flaccid interview with a bang – and he chose blaspheming Christianity as the way to do it.
And everyone knows neither he, nor Oprah, nor that supidly cheering studio audience, would have dared to it with Islam.
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