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Stephen Colbert roasts the Pope
Comedian Stephen Colbert roasted Catholic leaders, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Thursday night.
October 18th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Stephen Colbert roasts the Pope

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) –– Declaring himself  "American's most famous Catholic," comedian Stephen Colbert roasted church leaders at a charity event in New York on Thursday, taking aim at Pope Francis and Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

"As an observant Catholic, I believe the Pope is infallible," said Colbert, a Communion-class teacher at a parish in New Jersey. "But he's also wrong about a lot of things."

Colbert, whose bombastic persona on the "Colbert Report" often takes a conservative slant on Christianity, poked fun at the new Pope's humble lifestyle, saying that if the pontiff were in charge of the white-tie charity event, it would have been held at an IHOP, not New York's glitzy Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

“His Humbleness would be out washing the feet of the coat-check guy or something,” Colbert quipped. "We get it, you're modest."

"But it's not just his humble lifestyle," Colbert continued. "He's off message. He says Catholics need to stop obsessing about homosexuality, contraception and abortion. For Pete's sake, we need something to obsess about now that `Breaking Bad' is over."

MORE ON CNN: Pope Francis: Church can't 'interfere' with gays

The Catholic comedian also teased Pope Francis for taking a softer line on Catholic doctrine than previous pontiffs.

"Being Catholic is like being in the Admiral's Club of Christianity: Membership has its privileges," Colbert joked. "But if even atheists can be redeemed, what's next, Lutherans?  It's madness."

MORE ON CNN: Heaven for atheists? Pope sparks debate

Colbert was speaking at the Al Smith Dinner, an annual event for Catholic charities in New York named after the the late New York governor who in 1928 was the first Catholic politician to be nominated for president by a major party.

The charity dinner is usually attended by New York's cultural elite. Last year, President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney attended and traded zingers less than a month before the election.

This year's event was less politically charged, but Colbert quipped about another kind of election.

Dolan, the portly archbishop of New York and a rising star in the Catholic Church, came thisclose to being elected pope himself earlier this year, Colbert said.

"But he blew it in the swimsuit competition. I would have gone with the one-piece."

On Thursday night, Dolan, who was dressed in a cardinal's traditional small black cape with red trimming, looked like "a matador who's really let himself go," Colbert joked.

"Did you not see the invite? It said white-tie, not 'flamboyant Zorro."

Dolan, who is close friends with Colbert, took the ribbing lightly, saying that his father always told him that the mark of a good night is any one that ends in laughter.

Dolan also quoted Colbert from an event on Catholics and comedy led by both men at Fordham University in the Bronx last year.

"A sense of humor comes from faith, a faith that everything is in God's providential hands, a faith that frees us up to laugh."

Rocco Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia has an audio recording of Colbert's keynote address

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Celebrity • Christianity • Leaders • Media • Pope Francis

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  1. children of Israel

    *Saint Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. *Saint John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. *Saint Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: *Psalm 108:8 Judah is my lawgiver; (Saint Luke 24:44)

    October 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Bob

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      October 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  2. children of Israel

    Do you believe Saint John in the Bible? (Revelation 1:9) *John 7:19-20 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee? *John 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. *Psalm 105:6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. (Luke 24:44) *John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: (Deuteronomy 7:6) *Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? (Ezra 4:21)

    October 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Bob

      Ctrl-V

      October 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • Bob

        Ctrl-Colin Ctrl-V

        October 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
        • Bob

          I broke my paster. 😦

          October 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
        • Alias

          All my parts seem to be working just fine.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Colin

      Ctrl-V.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • Colin

        This is pathetic. My copy and paste won't work either.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
        • Alias

          It would be refreshing to have everyone actually type original thoughts for a while.

          It would be refreshing to have everyone actually type original thoughts for a while.

          FYI _ the second one was coppied and pasted. Ctrl-V rules.

          October 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V

        October 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Ctrl-V

          October 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Bob

      Well this is just great. We are the 4 horseman of the spamacolapse. How are we supposed to be nasty creatures and spam the board if we can't paste.

      Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V

      Break the chai.... aw I hate typing. Ctrl-V Ctrl-V

      October 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
      • Colin

        Ctrl-V Ctrl-V

        Try this Ctrl-CannedAnswers Ctrl-PackagedAnswers

        Pathetic!

        October 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          You should post one of your tests!

          October 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
        • Colin

          Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V Ctrl-V

          I can't. This is bullsh.it.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          Ctrl-V Ctrl:(

          October 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
      • FYI

        Bob,

        Maybe you can use this down time to go to your site and remove all of those extra ss (esses?) at the end of the name of that Bible book, "Revelation".

        October 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
        • Bob

          Do I use Ctrl-S to do that?

          October 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • Ctrl-V

      Colin is this me?

      October 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • Bob

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      October 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        Hip hip hooray! We can spam again!

        Before Jesus, Horus was a mythological figure from Egypt who was said to be born on December 25 to a virgin. A star in the East heralded his arrival and three kings came to worship the baby. At age 12, Horus was a prodigal child teacher and at age 30 he was baptized and began his ministry. He had 12 disciples, travelled about performing miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water and was known by terms such as “the good shepherd.” After he died, he was buried, but three days later he rose from the dead.

        Similarly, two centuries before the appearance of Jesus, the myth of Mithras (or Mythra) held that Mithras was the son of the sun sent to save mankind. He was born of a virgin in a cave on December 25, and his birth was attended by shepherds. Mithras sacrificed himself and, on the last day of his life, had supper with twelve of his followers. At that supper, Mithras invited his followers to eat his body and drink his blood. He was buried in a tomb and after three days he rose again. The cult of Mithraism, which evolved out of the earlier Persian religion of Zoroastrism, was popular in Rome at the same time that Christianity was spreading.

        Similarly, before Jesus, Attis of Phrygia was said to be born of the virgin Nana on December 25, was crucified to save mankind and rose from the dead after three days, as did the Indian god, Krishna. So, for that matter, did the Greek god Dionysus. Dionysus was hailed as ‘The Savior of Mankind’ and ‘The Son of God.’ Dionysus was born on December 25 after Zeus “visited” the mortal virgin Persephone. Announced by a star, he was born in a cowshed and was visited by three Magis. He turned water into wine, raised people from the dead and was followed by twelve apostles. His resurrection was a popular myth throughout the Roman Empire, although his name was different in each country. The rituals in honor of Dionysus included a meal of bread and wine, symbolizing his body and blood. Other figures from the Mediterranean who died and were resurrected include Baal, Melqart, Adonis, Eshmun, Tammuz, Asclepius and Orpheus.

        I'm afraid your zombie of a stick is little more than a kernel of truth wrapped in a lot of prevailing mythology.

        October 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
        • Bzaro

          It would be nice if you could copy/paste factual info.

          October 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  3. children of Israel

    God talks to me. Does he talk to you?

    October 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • 2Bob Piece

      Yes. He told me he hates you.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      He did until the mean old doctor made me take those pills.
      I tried to tell him that without the Voices, I'd never know what to burn or who the demons are, but a week doing the Thorazine shuffle in a huggy jacket helped change my mind.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • bostontola

      Harvey and Frank do.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I have a shell on my mantlepiece that God will talk through, but my breathing mixture has to be around 25 to 30% nitrous oxide for it to work. Below that God only mumbles or sounds like the ocean. Above that God just doesn't make sense.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • umm

      when he talks to you, does he also tell you to do things?

      October 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • Yah

      He told me to get him to get him a 24 of bud, I told him to pi$$ off and get his own.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  4. Cristeros for Satan

    Sad when you realize how many people need mental help. Walking around superst i tious and thinking there are demons, talking snakes and sky wizards.

    October 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  5. children of Israel

    The God of Jacob rules, he has the whole world in the palm of his hands (Psalm 59:13) His name is I AM THAT I AM the God of Israel. (Mark 12:26) *Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof, if not, where, and who is he? *1st Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? (Matthew 19:17 but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.)

    October 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Cristeros for Satan

      children of Israel

      The God of Jacob strokes the whole world in the palm of his hairy hands (Psalm 59:13)
      >
      Oh my!

      October 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • Jebbb

      And never walk under a ladder, break a mirror or see a black cat.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Ash

      @children of Israel, which Israel, I bet your parents came for Ireland, Scotland or nearby! GET REAL!

      October 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  6. bostontola

    Colbert is very funny, I'd enjoy he and Maher squaring off over religion. I'd pay to see that.

    October 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • jonusb

      Of course the irony is that Colbert is as far to the Left as Maher is. But Maher is an atheist, and Colbert teaches Sunday school.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
      • Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever

        Which is why .. as much as I like Cobert and appreciate his comedy, I could never take him seriously as an intellectual like I do Maher. I feel sorry for guests on Cobert's show because they never know if he's going to be halfway serious and witty or just a complete idiot. Sometimes his questions deserve answers and sometimes he's not actually expecting one because the question is totally out in left field.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Stephen Colbert is at heart religious, but he makes fun of the foibles of religion with the persona he created for the Report. (He did it earlier with his "This week in God" segment on The Daily Show, which was at that time, by far, my favorite Daily Show segment. It might still be.)

      Even as a religious person, he is not afraid to make fun of religion (which makes him very interesting to begin with). Most religions people aren't willing to extend their sense of humor into what many would consider the sacrilegeous zone.

      An old classic from the Daily Show is this "Even Stepvhen" sketch: "Islam v. Christianity"

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX-Aldx-LM0&w=640&h=390]

      I wouldn't like to see him debate religion with Maher. On what would Stephen debate. Bill Maher can be funny but on religion he's too heavy handed. There's nothing delicate or subtle.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  7. children of Israel

    Is the Pope colour scarlet red dressed in purple, drinking from a gold cup? *Jeremiah 10:9 blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. *Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,.. (Acts 16:14 relates to Revelation 2:24)

    October 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Bob

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      October 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • Jebbb

        The Bible is the revealed Word of God. And, it contains a lot of advocacy of terrible cruelties. And a large amount of misinformation. And threats, especially against worshipping any other gods (are they still around?). And tribal supremacy. Its our civilizations's guide to human conduct.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
      • AE

        http://www.religionnews.com/2013/04/24/boston-amputees-face-a-long-spiritual-struggle-ahead/

        An actual amputee who believes in God. He actually does more than Bob. Trust God, not Bob's spam.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
        • Bob

          AE, try actually responding with substance instead of linkspam, for a change.

          October 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
        • AE

          Now that is some irony.

          October 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
        • Bob

          No, not really. AE, you have yet to present a cogent argument for your crazy beliefs, and you have zero evidence. Generally, all of my statements are well-supported, and often backed by direct quotes from your mythbook in appropriate cases.

          So, evidence please, or just p!ss off already.

          October 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  8. children of Israel

    The world is not going to end! (Jeremiah 10:11) *Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. (Matthew 27:9)

    October 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • codyriver

      Have a good trip

      October 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
      • children of Israel

        I will enjoy watching you burn forever. Know Jesus's love. You deny it and you will burn.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
        • OldSchool

          LOL, no wonder your flock is in decline...

          October 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
        • Leon in KS

          You are a bit sick if you would enjoy seeing someone burn, especially forever. Look at what you said.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
        • codyriver

          Nice loving religion you have there

          November 7, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  9. Jason

    "A sense of humor comes from faith, a faith that everything is in God's providential hands, a faith that frees us up to laugh."

    –We can agree with you on that one, Colbert!

    October 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Proverbs 17

      A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:

      October 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • heywaitasec

      That was Dolan, not Colbert who said that...

      October 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
      • archivedd

        But he was quoting Colbert from another event. It says so right there in the article.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  10. I Heart Colbert...

    ""A sense of humor comes from faith"

    That's good because I have been laughing at religion for years 🙂

    October 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      To believe or not to be believed is where believability seems believable or not...

      October 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  11. children of Israel

    (Correction *Isaiah 60:16 and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.) *Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. *Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; *Matthew 23:23 these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

    October 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Bob

      Some more quotes from the Christian book of nasty for 'children', since she's insisting on dumping her awful bible bile on us:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      October 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
      • Mrs. Mom

        Those are all Old Testament quotes. Since Jesus we do not live under the Law (Old Testament) but under Grace (New Testament). It's hard to get the difference unless you have studied it. You're talking 2500 years of history and obviously things were quite different back in the day. You can appreciate why we are so happy to have been liberated from the kinds of things you quoted. Have a good weekend Bob.

        October 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
        • Mrs. Mom

          And no, Jesus didn't say all the Old Testament laws still apply. He said through his work the Law was completely fulfilled – a totally different thing. Means freedom from those vindictive laws.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
        • Bob

          Read again, stupid Mrs. Mom. Which of the two foul testaments of your book of terror is Revelations in? And which is Numbers in?

          October 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
        • Bob

          Mrs. Mom, note my comments re your interpretation being different from mine. And again, which foul testament of your evil book are Revelations and Numbers in? Now, read more carefully this time, stupid:

          Numbers 31:17-18
          17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
          18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

          Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

          Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

          Leviticus 25
          44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
          45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
          46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

          Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

          Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

          And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

          So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

          Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
          Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
          http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

          October 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
        • Pete

          ROFL @ Mrs. Mom getting totally PWNED by Bob. Too funny.

          Bob rocks. Thanks for defending us from the Christian morons, bud.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
        • AE

          Bob didn't own Mrs Mom. He just made more inaccurate statements and copied and pasted the same spam from his website.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
        • southmost

          Okay, so no Old Testament. Phew! So we can ignore the stuff from Exodus, too. You know, the part about some Commandments or something?

          October 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
      • Of Course

        Christianity is so fractured, that there are thousands of views. That's probably why you still see human sacrifices by some sects. There's always a way to validate a personal Christian belief.

        October 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
        • children of Israel

          And you are a fool

          October 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
        • Of Course

          and that is no different from what the next Christian says about you

          October 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
      • FYI

        Good stuff, but the name of that Bible book is "Revelation" - no 's'.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  12. sam

    "Did you not see the invite? It said white-tie, not 'flamboyant Zorro."

    Colbert is awesome.

    October 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Dave

      No matter how bad my day has been I always crack up watching the Colbert Report. When he's on vacation I go to hulu and watch some of his older shows that I've missed. He's hilarious.

      October 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
  13. kurtsauter

    Cardinal Dolan is my favorite U.S. Bishop of all time., he is hilarious, and his ability to relevantly articulate the faith in this day and age is beautiful and powerful. If you have not heard him speak. give it a try, be not afraid.

    October 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • OKfine

      Dolan also knows how to manipulate the a$$ets of the church in order to declare bankruptcy rather than pay out the damages awarded by the courts to victims of abuse. A fine example of a Prince of the RCC church living the high life but in my opinion just another hypocritical PIG of the church.

      October 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • kurtsauter

        We are a Church of sinners.... there is no doubt. if the Catholic Church had to be perfect to exist we would not have made it 1 day past Pentecost.

        October 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Severe PTSD as a result of ra-pe by clergy

      Dolan lobbies to stop laws that would help abused victims. His lobby efforts now destroy all children victims of abuse, no matter who abused.

      He's disgusting..

      October 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  14. Bzarr

    Good steward of its resources? Yeah right, especially its alter boys!

    October 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  15. A little applause

    Thank you CNN mods for taking out the copy/paste stuff that plagues the blogs so much.

    October 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • more applause

      Thank you CNN mods for taking out the copy/paste stuff that plagues the blogs so much.

      October 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
      • Bzaro

        OK, that was funny. Ha ha.

        October 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
        • Bzaro

          The "reality" is it wasn't but what do you expect?

          October 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  16. GeorgeBos95

    A sense of humor comes from faith? Really?

    Leave it to a religious "leader" to claim it's always rooted in religion. Myopia for $200 please, Alex.

    October 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • Severe PTSD as a result of ra-pe by clergy

      the vatican loves its cash.. too bad their money and golden chair are more important possessions than feed starving and dying children.

      Oh well,, they don't care

      October 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
      • ThinkForYourself

        Rhetoric is very different than facts. The Catholic church invest and spends most in helping the poor and sick than any other organization or country in the world. Please go check for yourself.

        October 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  17. Gol

    http://www.ibr-bbr.org/files/bbr/BBR_2004b_06_Quarles_ChiltonsMamzer.pdf

    Try that again 😉

    October 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  18. ed galbraith

    You are all pointing to the scribbles of desert nomads who had little understanding of their origins, their surroundings, other parts of the world or the cosmos. Women were nothing. Illness was "evil". You would consider these scripture writers complete fools. They'd probably be committed.

    October 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • Topher

      All fallacious.

      October 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Lawrence of Arabia

      People aren't getting smarter and smarter with each generation, they're getting dumber and dumber... Look at it this way, if they were as dumb as you suppose, how did those people build the monuments in Egypt? By stupidity? No, they used advanced mathematics and highly sophisticated techniques that evidenced an advanced culture.

      October 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
      • ed galbraith

        Sure, Lawrence. An advanced culture that believed in and practiced endless madness. Building a pyramid does little to prove other. "Stupidity" was not the short coming. "Ignorance" was. Gert it?

        October 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
      • ed galbraith

        And what possible evidence do you have that people are getting dumber? You may enjoy saying things like that, but is entirely unprovable and, like it or not, the reverse is probably true. Try and be honest in these discussions.

        October 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Sure... They could build the pyramids, move stones from miles away where the quarries are located. In some places, stones were fit together so tightly that a sheet of paper cannot fit in the gaps between. All done with hand tools and basic machines, while using higher mathematics. And I could list story after story of things like computational machines made from precision made brass gears that depicted accurate movements of the planets and stars, the Baghdad Battery, and many more...

          Today, the average high schooler cannot do long division without a calculator, and many graduate with a difficulty in reading.

          October 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
        • cedar rapids

          'Today, the average high schooler cannot do long division without a calculator, and many graduate with a difficulty in reading.'

          And the average egyptian didnt build the pyramids either. Your comparison is flawed.

          October 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
        • OKfine

          LofA
          Well of course you do prove your point, thanks for playing.

          October 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
        • Susan

          Sorry Ed, I have to agree with Lawrence – people are getting dumber. The evidence is obvious and overwhelming!

          October 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
        • Topher

          Yes, unfortunately dumber. Technology makes things too convenient so as not to have to do things like math, read, even balance a checkbook.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
        • Sue

          Lawrence, impressive as the pyramids and other major works of that era are, actually, we have advanced a long way in both mathematics and building techniques since the time of the pyramids.

          However, one thing that is fortunately not so common now, that was readily available to the pyramid builders, was cheap slave labor. Slavery is arguably something that the bible condones, and even contains detailed instructions about. That is just one more sorry aspect of the Christian dogma.

          My hope is that in time, humanity will leave the Christian religion behind, much as it already has done with the gods of the Greek myths and other supersti.tions.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
        • Sara

          Hmmm, the comments here fly in the face of the hard data that people have been getting more intelligent and more knowledgeable in the last hundred years. Apparently many still don't know how to look up research on a topic before commenting. It's a good thing I rely on actual studies rather than this kind of local anecdotal evidence to as.sess things like changes in intelligence across populations.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
        • Sue

          Lawrence, impressive as the pyramids and other major works of that era are, actually, we have advanced a long way in both mathematics and building techniques since the time of the pyramids. You don't, for example, see a lot of vinyl clad windows, programmable temperature controls, fibreglass insulation, and so on, in buildings in any climate zone of that time, and much of computing theory is only decades old, albeit based on earlier principles in many cases.

          However, one thing that is fortunately not so common now, that was readily available to the pyramid builders and other builders, was cheap slave labor. Slavery is arguably something that the bible condones, and even contains detailed instructions about. That is just one more sorry aspect of the Christian dogma.

          My hope is that in time, humanity will leave the Christian religion behind, much as it already has done with the gods of the Greek myths and other supersti.tions.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
        • OKfine

          Topher
          Yes of course dumb enough for many to still believe in fairy tales, but the new millennium crowd are leaving religious BS in large numbers. The religious are in fear of the modern information age, it is religions death knell.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
        • Topher

          OKfine

          "The religious are in fear of the modern information age, it is religions death knell."

          Afraid of it? Hardly. It continues to help support what the Bible says.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
        • OKfine

          Topher
          You are clearly quite crazy, bye now.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
        • Alias

          Ther was a point in time when the pope believed the world was flat. He was sure the bible said so. He even put Gelileo under house arrest for trying to prove otherwise and change what the schools were teaching.
          The same thing is happening today with evolution. Fortunately, no one is getting arrested this time.
          Of course, therre will still be christians after everyone accepts the science and the bible is shown to have a few more flaws.

          October 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
        • southmost

          I don't know of any evidence we're getting dumber, but there's no evidence we're getting any smarter either. What we are getting, overall, is more knowledgeable. But technological advances and improvements to standards of living mean that the average person can also be a lot lazier in their education and still get by.

          Evolutionarily, modern societies have more ways to reward brains over brawn. However, those rewards don't directly correlate to reproductive advantage, so it could still go either way. The timescales are too short for evolution to play much of a role anyway.

          October 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
        • Sara

          southmost, as I mentioned earlier on this thread, google the Flynn Effect.

          October 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
      • anon420

        and slaves. Lots of slaves.

        October 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
      • NM

        The pyramids are not such a high point. Some of them were failed attempts, many have internal collapses, and before somebody points out that they managed to level a large area with incredible precision, let me tell you a secret – they poured water over the foundation and chiseled away that parts that stuck up. Also, one of the ways archaeologists use to date these structures it to carbon date the wood and other stuffing used to fill in the mistakes.

        October 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
        • OKfine

          Not to mention if you are TOPHER like you believe that Noah and his wife and six helpers built them all, such utter madness can only be found in Christians.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
        • Topher

          OKfine

          "Not to mention if you are TOPHER like you believe that Noah and his wife and six helpers built them all, such utter madness can only be found in Christians."

          I don't believe Noah and his family built the pyramids.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
        • OKfine

          Topher
          The FACT that you can deny the time line of history that all moderately sane people recognize as true just proves how ridiculous your young earth beliefs are. Deny all you want, just leave the sane people alone.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
        • Topher

          OKfine

          "The FACT that you can deny the time line of history that all moderately sane people recognize as true just proves how ridiculous your young earth beliefs are."

          I deny things like an old earth, the geologic column and evolution, yes. I can't help it if you've been fed a lie. I'll stick with things that are testable and repeatable, thank you.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
        • OKfine

          Topher
          You have no idea, how dumb and wilfully blind you are. Around the time that you believe there was only 8 people on earth there were civilization across the world building pyramids and cities and reproducing as different races. You can stick your head up your butt all you want but I beg you not to teach these lies and nonsense to children. Thank You.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
        • Topher

          OKfine

          "You have no idea, how dumb and wilfully blind you are."

          Says a guy who trumpets science like a god, but believes in evolution which science rejects.

          "Around the time that you believe there was only 8 people on earth there were civilization across the world building pyramids and cities and reproducing as different races."

          How do you know this?

          "You can stick your head up your butt all you want but I beg you not to teach these lies and nonsense to children. Thank You."

          But it's OK to teach the lie of evolution as a fact? Ridiculous.

          October 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
        • OKfine

          Topher
          You are clearly quite crazy, bye now.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
        • Topher

          OKfine

          "You are clearly quite crazy, bye now."

          Once again all you've got is ad hominems. Even if God hadn't saved me from my sins and atheism, I think I'd have called myself an agnostic just based on the nastiness displayed by others. I'd want no part of your side.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
        • OKfine

          Topher
          You do not live in reality, you may just as well exist in some cartoon, you are right in one sense I should not make light of the disabled. Messages will now cease, there is no point.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
        • Madtown

          Says a guy who trumpets science like a god, but believes in evolution which science rejects.
          -----
          As I've said before, who needs sitcoms when you have Topher? No finer comedy around.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
        • Topher

          Madtown

          So do you believe in Darwinian evolution?

          October 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
        • Madtown

          We are laughing at you, not with you.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
        • Topher

          Avoiding the question?

          October 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
        • Madtown

          Topher
          Avoiding the question?
          ----
          LOL! Oh, the irony.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
        • Topher

          So you are. It's OK. You can admit it.

          October 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
        • Alias

          Tohper,

          Why do you say 'Darwinian' before evolution?
          Does it make you feel better to take decades old theories that have been altered and try to agrue against the original theory?

          October 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
        • Topher

          "Why do you say 'Darwinian' before evolution?"

          Why shouldn't I? It's what Dawkins calls it. It's the general term for macro evolution ... one thing becomes a different thing ... Which has never been shown to occur.

          October 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
        • Alias

          DNA and fossils show that it has occurred.

          October 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
      • Max

        Everyone knows that the pyramids were built by aliens. :rolls:

        October 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        Can you calculate the ballistics necessary to put a satellite into geo-synchronous orbit?
        Did the ancient egyptians have that ability?
        What about not only decoding but not directly manuipulating genomes?
        What's the ancient hebrew word for dioxyribonucleic acid?

        The horde of unwashed masses will always be primarily interested in bread and circuses.
        Socities advance through the ideas and advancements of a tiny, gifted portion of population.

        October 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
      • Joe Bauers

        The dumb ones are just breeding more. Watch the movie "Idiocracy" sometime!

        October 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          That might be becuase some old book that they put a lot of stock in told them to "be fruitful and multiply".

          October 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • Sara

        LOL, google the Flynn Effect.

        October 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
      • Assistant to Youtube Neil DeGrasse Tyson's "The Perimeter of Ignorance"

        What is obvious is that in some civilizations, advancement in the various sciences has been stifled by the advancement of fundamentalist religion.

        "[If] the nature of... government [were] a subordination of the civil to the ecclesiastical power, I [would] consider it as desperate for long years to come. Their steady habits [will] exclude the advances of information, and they [will] seem exactly where they [have always been]. And there [the] clergy will always keep them if they can. [They] will follow the bark of liberty only by the help of a tow-rope." –Thomas Jefferson

        October 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  19. Severe PTSD as a result of ra-pe by clergy

    cathoholics,, on a trip to selfish salvation.

    If your organization were a national day care center,, the pope, bishops and cardinals would all be sitting in jails today.

    October 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • Bzaro

      Thank you for posting all that evidence you have....oh wait, you didn't post anything of real importance. Nevermind.

      October 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
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