Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert crossed the line when he mocked Jesus Christ during a diatribe on the Chik-fil-A controversy. While claiming to be a practicing Christian, and even to teach Bible study classes, the comedian made comments that can only be seen as obscene to any clear thinking Christian.
He first facetiously thanked Mike Huckabee for calling for the "Chik-fil-A Appreciation Day," but then made a connection that, in his mind may have been funny, but came seriously close to blasphemy. The insensitive television host asserted that when Mike Huckabee called on those who support traditional marriage to also support the restaurant chain, he was doing so in the name of Christianity. This assertion is completely false, the former governor was supporting Chik-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's right to free speech.
What was not mentioned in Tuesday Night's show was the fact that after Dan Cathy made his comments, not only did gay and lesbian groups call for a boycott of the restaurant chain, but several big city mayors threatened to use their position in the government to interfere with Chik-fil-A's right to conduct business. Mike Huckabee's response was an attempt to support an individual's right to express their opinion openly and without retribution from the government.
But the late night comedian didn't mention any of that, he made the assertion that the conservative Huckabee was representing all of Christianity. He even went further to state "Jesus the only son of God, gave his life to redeem mankind by suffering torture and death. Then rose from the dead in forgiveness for our sins, ascended into heaven, and is seated for eternity at the right hand of the father in fulfillment of the scriptures...Ya know, chicken."
Using what many in America see as the word of God to make jokes against Christians is completely beyond the pale, and could be considered by some to be hate speech. One can only imagine the uproar if he had mocked Islam in the same way, but liberals like him are never insensitive to anyone but Christians. And beside, no liberal anywhere would have the courage to mock Islam, they are too frightened of the consequences.
Christians, on the other hand, seem to be fair game; and for any kind of blasphemous, vile, ridicule of their most precious beliefs. So how can a person who claims to be a Christian mock the most basic tenet of his own religion? The Answer is simple, Stephen Colbert is what Jesus called a "hypocrite;" someone who pretends to be pious in the temple, but is really just faking. And he does so at the peril of his soul.