Late Night: Jesus never said anything about gays, Colbert says
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When it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage, this week has certainly been historic. On ‘The Colbert Report’ on Thursday night, Stephen Colbert still wasn’t able to come to grips with the news. ‘I don’t know about you, but I am still reeling from President Obama’s announcement that he is gay,’ he joked. ‘“I have to assume that’s the reason he supports gay marriage.’
Kidding aside, Colbert took the opportunity to debunk the claim, propagated by many Christian conservatives, that Jesus condemned homosexual relationships. He played footage of Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress -- the guy who thinks Mormonism is a cult -- suggesting that Obama ‘has really contradicted the Jesus he says he followed.’
Colbert decided to go directly to the source. ‘I would like to read to you what the Jesus said about homosexuality,’ he declared, breaking out his trusty Bible. ‘I would like to, but he never said anything about it. Evidently Jesus was so filled with rage that he was speechless.’
But just because Jesus never publicly denounced homosexuality doesn’t mean he personally approved of it, Colbert reasoned. ‘I am confident he condemned it all the time in private, when he was hanging out with those other 12 dudes at their elaborate dinner parties, where they all sat on the same side of the table, just living the bachelor life together, drinking wine and working on their washboard abs,’ he said.
As a practicing Catholic and Sunday school teacher, Colbert presumably knows a thing or two about Jesus. But could his stance on gay marriage -- and his winking suggestion that Jesus and his disciples were a bunch of ‘confirmed bachelors’ -- draw the ire of fellow Catholics? We shall see.
— Meredith Blake