By Eric Jayne
The clever, satirical, and silly Jon Stewart
has made a successful career out of lambasting the hyperbolic, hyper-partisan media. While he has poked fun at MSNBC and CNN, it’s Fox News that receives most of his unrelenting, albeit justified, acerbic wit. Who else but ATHEISTS could possibly bring these two diametrically opposed parties together?
During Thursday’s Daily Show
broadcast on Comedy Central Jon Stewart
sided with Fox and Friends
co-host Gretchen Carlson by accusing the
American Atheists of needlessly forcing their worldview on the nation.
He went on to ridicule the American Atheists lawsuit
to remove the cross as petty and mean-spirited instead of discussing how secularists see the lawsuit as a worthy and legitimate cause since our nation--backed by a godless Constitution drafted
by men of science and reason--has become dangerously conflated
with religion today.
Proving to be more of a miracle worker than Jesus, American Atheists
President David Silverman
brought Gretchen Carlson and Jon Stewart
together in sharing contempt for his position. Stewart called Silverman
a “dick” after showing a clip of Carlson disparagingly quoting
Silverman: “The WTC cross has become a Christian icon. It has been
blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their
god, who couldn't be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent
3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow
upon us some rubble that resembles a cross.”
Stewart must find Epicurus to be a dick as well for his observation made
300 years before the birth of Christ: “Is God willing to prevent evil,
but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh
evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
I don’t know how familiar Stewart is with the New Testament, but I’m
confident that if he compared the words of Jesus to those of Silverman,
he would apply the label of “dick” squarely on cross-carrying shoulders
of Jesus who threatened non-believers with eternal suffering in hell
; John 15:6
), celebrated a looming bloody apocalypse (Matthew
), and said many inhumane, frightening things like this: “Do
not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come
to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his
father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her
mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household"
I'm not saying that Jesus is a dick but who really comes across as the unreasonable, callous, bully? The secular, humanistic
atheist who is fighting to uphold Jeffersonian democracy by keeping
religion and government separate or the delusional cult leader who kept
his followers in line (even their thoughts) by threatening eternal
torture if they re-examine their beliefs.