Colbert For President

 

Probably not. But Pulpit Freedom Sunday, the evangelical version of the Catholic Fortnight for Freedom, is upon us tomorrow. And in addition to receiving Christ and him crucified tomorrow, it may be more edifying today to listen to Gross interview Colbert, or watch Colbert interview Garlow than have preachers endorse candidates.


We have this idea in our minds that there’s this separation of church and state in America, which I think is a good thing. And we extend that to our politics — not just church and state, but it’s also there’s a separation of religion and politics. But of course there isn’t. Every president says, ‘God bless America’ at the end of the State of Union address. And everybody, every candidate is quoting some form of the Old and the New Testament in speeches to try and make their own moral points.

But we don’t think of … a preacher or priest or rabbi or imam, for that matter, endorsing from the pulpit. And I was fascinated by the idea that these guys were going to force the issue, because they’ve done this for five years — this isn’t the first year they’ve done it. Now they’re videotaping it and sending it to the IRS, to just try to poke the hornet’s nest of the IRS and say, ‘Please take us to court.’ Because they’re trying to get this forced into a court case, because they think they can win.

And I, after some thought and talking about it with my writers, I think they’re right. … I think they should be able to endorse from the pulpit. Now whether or not they should get tax-exempt status is another thing, because that is the rest of us subsidizing their political speech. …

I think they should be able to do it, but I also think that it’s a very dangerous thing to do — not just for our politics, but it’s also dangerous for the faith of people who are exercising that right. Because they seem to think that it’s a one-way membrane — that they’ll get religion into our politics. But they’re ignoring the fact that politics will come right back through that gate onto our religion.

And if you actually have a political party that is this religion, or a political party that is that religion, I think that’s a short road to the kind of religious civil war — whether or not it’s actually an armed war — but religious civil war that we fled in Europe. America has avoided that. And I think our politics are so horrible these days. … Why anyone would want that horrible tar on something as fragile as faith is beyond me.

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3 Responses to Colbert For President

  1. John Hutson says:

    Thanks, this is a really great interview. Later on, he talks about how he couldn’t support Romney based on Garlow’s logic because Romney’s a Mormon and a heretic (Colbert’s a Catholic). I doubt he’s aware of folks like this who have embraced that logic.

    GROSS: And the point about Romney being an apostate who shouldn’t hold the highest office in God’s chosen country…

    COLBERT: Well, that occurred to me kind of at the last minute. That occurred to me at the last minute, and I thought, well, you know what? It’s not even just that politics will get on our religion, but I thought if you – like why – this guy is an Evangelical Christian. Why would he be voting for Romney?

    If you’re talking about biblical truths that inform – biblical truths must inform our decisions, and if the Bible is inerrant, you know, and the word of God, every word of it, then I – you know, it doesn’t matter to me. I would vote for someone who’s a Mormon. But I don’t understand someone who believes that the Bible is inerrant, and every word is straight from the mouth of God would then vote for somebody who believes that after Jesus rose from the dead, he took a hard left and went to America. Because that’s not our tradition, that’s not in the truth of our book.

    And it seems a little hypocritical to have to base all your political decisions on absolute biblical truths that must not be denied, but then vote for someone who denies those biblical truths in their own religion. Which again, I think is fine. I’m not saying not to vote for somebody because of their religion, but that’s another danger that I think that, certainly, conservative preachers might be overlooking by wanting to get politics and religion mixed together so tightly.

    Colbert’s a 2k it-getter.

  2. Lloyd I. Cadle says:

    My gut feeling on this is that I believe that the Romney-Ryan ticket may prove to be the best since the Reagan era (if they can get voted in).

    Romney being a Mormon has no effect on my voting for him. Romney, being an expert on the economy is why I have sent in my early ballot for him. He actually seems to have a better concept on the roles of church and state than most of the politicians out there.

    Romney seems like a great guy, with a great family, and I pray for his salvation. Our country really needs his leadership at this crucial time in our history.

  3. Lloyd I. Cadle says:

    How many politicians say that they are Christian just to get the Christian vote? I just judge them on their kingdom of man record, whether it be a Palin or an Obama or a Mormon etc.

    Now if they use their calling in the kingdom of man to stop the kingdom of God in advancing the Gospel or to meddle in the rights of worshippers, we have real problems.

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