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Note to Christians: Stop Writing Jon Stewart’s Jokes, Please.

Posted By Ryan Mauro On March 17, 2010 @ 9:34 am In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took aim at the corporations whose deceit helped cause the financial crisis (I suggest everyone take a look at the “Jude Law” segment at TheDailyShow.com) and the latest scandals at the Vatican.

For those not following the story, the Pope is accused of having covered up the abuse of a priest previously in his career and wiretaps show that one of his ushers was involved in a male prostitution ring. I’ve always admired priests for remaining celibate their whole lives and I marveled at how so many opted to undertake such a hard task (no pun intended). Now I get it—it isn’t that hard for all of them. Some of them like-like dudes.

Man, talk about rigging the game. It’s like having a contest where you see who can hold your breath the longest underwater, except every time you submerge you have the guy you met in the gym locker room exhaling into your mouth. Yeah, you accomplished the task—but didn’t you kind of have an advantage? Save the glory for the priests who actually are remaining celibate and those (like myself) who are performing abstinence and hate themselves for it every time they see Megan Fox.

One other story in the show’s “Holy Sh*t” segment is about how a Catholic school in Colorado is expelling a preschooler because his parents are lesbians. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the right of private schools to have their own regulations and suffer from the stupidity of their own rules and decisions. As a Christian (albeit Protestant), I still want to complain about the idiocy of such actions. What about the kid whose parents are alcoholics or curse around the kid and his friends?

As Stewart correctly said, the school was teaching the kid “an important lesson about who he chooses to have as parents.” If Christianity is about loving all and reaching out to everyone, why forfeit the opportunity to improve the life of a child? What makes him any less worthy than anyone else?

If Christians care about their faith and how it can benefit from the world, they need to stop writing jokes for Jon Stewart with their actions.


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