Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Just wondering

I was scanning the Google Reader and trying to sort the wheat from the chaff as the websites flew by as fast as I could scroll…and then I spotted this from Stephen Colbert.


If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.

-Stephen Colbert


I don't know when he said this but I do know that when I stopped and scrolled down to the comment section there was plenty of rage going on. Rage from those who felt singled out by Mr. Colbert. Rage from those who were sure it was just Democratic liberal clap trap. So I read it again. Hmmm? The quote doesn't contain a single word regarding liberals, conservatives or ? So, how were his words political? Why did these obviously conservative Republicans start foaming at the mouth?


  1. Because they don't want to help the poor. They want to help only those who look/act/think exactly like them and only when they FEEL LIKE it.

    On my floor at work, there is only one of what I call "Bible thumping, right wing, crazy Christian nutjob" even though many of the people I work with are conservative on many issues. Yesterday we were (tongue in cheek) discussing the upcoming Rapture and how those of us Left Behind were going to have to deal with those who "think" they are Christians and those who actually are. He refused to get it. He is not stupid, he just doesn't think.

  2. Dear LLL,
    Regarding your comments...Amen, sister!

  3. Rhetorical question, obviously. They considered the source and it never occurred to them that Colbert would ever say anything broadly applicable, so he had to mean those who self-identify as the Christian Coalition, a.k.a.: "Bible thumping, right wing, crazy Christian nutjobs."

    Gosh, thanks, LLLady! That's a really handy phrase.

    And, once again, I must appropriate that Colbert quotation for myself. Thanks, Steven!

  4. I thought about including some of the quotes. But then sanity returned and I didn't. EVERYONE knows what the comments were like and there's already enough stupidity floating around the intertubes these days...