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Friday, May 11, 2012

Jesus never said anything about gays

To watch a video of the Colbert Report on President Obama's comment on gay marriage and to understand the title of this blog post, click here.
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.

Obama's gay marriage announcement wins praise

Rick Santorum, Jon Stewart sound off on gay marriage
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— Meredith Blake
From the LA Times Showtracker Blog (click here)


Anonymous said...

I'm glad that same sex marriage is becoming more open then ever. I believe just like anything else the more exposure it gets the more accepted people look at it.
Brent Wilson
Com101 4080

Anonymous said...

Jesus said many things in the bible like to love and be loved. I don't understand why so many people care who these people decide they want to be with. It is not MY life it is not I who has to be with the same sex it is THEIR choice and i am 100% okay with that. The world today is filled with people wanting power that we look for it in the smallest places like trying to tell someone who they can and can't marry. it's sad and people need to realize that they are not stopping same sex relationships they are only making their lives harder then they need to be.

Sarah Lindekugel com 101 sec 4049

Glubis Valdivieso said...

i know me being LDS we aren't for same-sex marriage. Though as long as their happy that's all that really matters in the end.

Anonymous said...

My religion doesn't support same-sex marraige. I think everyone deserves to be happy so I choose not worry about other people's choices. I support Obama's use of freedom of speech.

Erin Penman
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Anonymous said...

I love the Colbert Report! I watch it everyday. When Stephen said this I just burst into laughter. I know we're in the 21st century but I cant help but wonder if this is how the civil rights would've happened if it happened during this generation.

Alberto Sayson
Com101 4080

Anonymous said...

I am so glad about the progress our country is making. I will never vote for a president against gay marriage.

Jaimie Kurtz
Com 101 4080

Anonymous said...

I think that our country has a lot more to worry about than same sex marriage!!!

By Daisy Mayorga