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

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(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. Khan

    Typhoon Haiyan has turned out to be of real biblical proportions. The Filipino people are nice, decent and God fearing but believe in God in a wrong way i.e. father son and holy ghost. Does a father god kill and destroy his children like this? And the second typhoon is following Haiyan may be it is already there now. Osama Bin Ladin's body was drowned in these seas. Is the real God now starting his revenge which will include America too? America is already suffering from such tornadoes – Katrina, Sandy, etc. Rome had suffered a terrible earthquake after they had killed Jesus. May the real God have mercy on all of us?

    November 12, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • Chili

      Except Katrina and Sandy weren't tornados. Those were what we like to call (and correctly for that matter), Hurricanes. Quite a bit different from the aforementioned tornado.

      November 15, 2013 at 7:50 am |
      • Tony

        A typhoon is a hurricane

        November 18, 2013 at 3:58 am |
    • catholic

      Umm...Father, Son, Holy Spirit IS the real God.

      November 15, 2013 at 11:59 am |
      • chuckie

        In your opinion.

        November 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • chuckie

      Hurricanes as with other weather phenomena are explained very well by physical laws; there is no need to appeal to supernatural powers and god. It is like earthquakes which occur in areas of seismic activity of fault lines. There is no intelligence behind theses destructive storms.

      November 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
  2. Death

    Does it amaze your that Catholicism is one of the few religions that you can poke fun at and not worry about a lynching or hurting someones feelings.

    November 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • Bryan H

      I love the Catholics for this very reason. Sure, they had a period of about 1000 years where they'd torture and burn you if you disagreed; but they've been pretty cool since then.

      November 12, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • TJ

        I think they mellowed once they allowed drinking. They're wedding receptions are da bomb!

        November 14, 2013 at 6:34 am |
  3. Mike

    It is amazing to me how people don't contemplate death. You are going to die, maybe tonight, maybe 40 years from now. But death is coming. It is a bold and rather foolish statement to say there is no God. We know so about science in scope of it all. If there is a God some people are going to be wishing they had lived a little differently. It is like you bad mouthing someone over the internet for years and years and finally run into him one day and finding out he is twice your size. Good luck in the afterlife!

    November 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
    • Michael

      And "IF" there is a God, you will be very surprised joining us Atheists in hell if it is not your God. You seem to think that you are the only ones "in the know" however, what if the Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists have it right and you Christians have it wrong. I prefer science over fable since Evolution actually explains things. You should really take a look at the evolution of religion as you will find that ALL of your Christian holiday's actually came from Pagan celebrations and "evolved" in order to retain the masses of people that the Christians were subjegating.

      November 4, 2013 at 4:08 am |
      • Kevin

        All of science clearly points to the existence of a power who is beyond human comprehension who is God.

        November 6, 2013 at 9:11 am |
        • Howard Markowitz

          Your statement is the biggest line of BS that I have ever heard. Humanity is in its infancy of comprhension of the universe. Any evidence that you can provide of your statement can be easily refuted.

          Believing in an omnipotent being is a cop out for frightened people. It is like the cavemen looking at the sun and moon, being absolutely frightened of what they see, and worshipping them as gods. People today do the same because of the fear of the unknown. Some day humanity will reach the point of understanding that there is so much that we don't know, that we even don't know what we don't know.

          2 questions: Christians generally believe that god needs humanity to love. So why did it take him over 13 billion years to 'create' us?
          Most religions believe that if one leads a so called righteous life, then one will experience much joy and happiness in the afterlife. I never understood this as one must have corporealness to experience anything. How can a soul have any senses?

          November 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
        • Infallible

          Where have you studied science? Your local Church? Do not speak of science as if you know it. Science DOES NOT lead to a creator.

          November 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
        • ancv1992

          Absolutely. All the "design" in creation points to a Designer!

          November 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
      • John Galt

        Michael, not everyone believes that 'God' applies to only one being from one specific religion. 'God' makes more sense to me as the being responsible for us being here, whether there is an afterlife or not. I don't knock anyone following atheism. However, atheism is a much a 'religion' as any other religion. It is a belief with no prior postulate. I've been a scientist for 18 years now. Science can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God. The belief in the existence or non-existence of a God is the starting point...meaning that it is the postulate which is assumed before any logic is used to come to another conclusion. Evolution and God are not mutually exclusive; God could have set the rules for evolution. By the same token, the non-existence of God and an ordered universe have not been proven to be necessary for each other. Most religious people accept science; they simply believe that God is in control of the laws of nature.

        November 6, 2013 at 9:36 am |
        • Mary

          Dear John,
          I find it very interesting that you are invoking Ayn Rand with your name, a note atheist. Anyway you fall into a number of traps with your statements. Allow me to elaborate. First, you say that god makes sense to you, however you are not the definitive authority with regards to knowledge. None of us are. The statement that you cannot comprehend it simply means that you cannot comprehend, to make the leap "if i don't understand it it must be god" is the logical fallacy of argument from ignorance. Second atheism is not a religion or a world view. It simply is a stance on 1 specific issue..is there a god. Atheism (and there are differences between hard and soft atheism) merely says there is not testable or compelling evidence to demonstrate the existence of god, therefore according to the null hypothesis we reject that a god exist. In short, if you are making a claim that (x) is real..prove it. Religion does not require proof, that is why it is based on FAITH and not evidence by that definition alone, atheism cannot be a religion. This leads to your next comment stating that scientists cannot disprove god. That is correct, we cannot disprove anything. However the burden of proof has and will always be on the person making the claim. In addition I cannot disprove Unicorns, elves, the Lockness Monster or that there is a flower pot in orbit around saturn, but based upon the evidence I have, I can make a confidence statement that the existence of these things is highly unlikely and all evidence pointing to its existence may be explained through more mundane reasons. Moving on, you bring in evolution for some unknown reason. Evolution doesn't explain how life or the universe began, it deals with a specific question of explaining the diversity of life. Abiogenesis is the study of how life began and is a completely different field. Your extreme shift in topics speaks to you relative in experience with the field. Stephen J Gould was a wonderful evolutionary biologists but I would never trust his observations on how the universe was created.

          Finally the universe is far from well ordered. Do you know how fragile life is? Most of the universe will outright kill humans. Neil Degrass Tyson has a wonderful lecture explaining how the universe is NOT well ordered. The fact that the man's reproductive organs are on the outside and vulnerable and is also the same system used to dispose of bodily waste is a major flaw in design. Do you know how many people choke to death a year because we breath and eat using the same hole? Wisdom teeth, appendix or even the so called Panda's Thumb is evidence that life is not ordered and designed. In addition if the laws of the universe were different, if say gravity was 9.9 m/s/s all it would mean is that life would evolve slightly differently. It is like pouring water into a glass, you aren't shocked that the water adapts to the shape of the glass.

          By the same token, the non-existence of God and an ordered universe have not been proven to be necessary for each other. Most religious people accept science; they simply believe that God is in control of the laws of nature.

          November 7, 2013 at 11:00 am |
        • Khan

          Dear Mary,
          It looks like your overall knowledge is good. However, if there was a God who created the whole Universe and everything in it he will know better than you. What you are saying is God, I have done PhD and I think your designs have so many flows .... therefore you do not exist.
          So what is your explanation about this Universe and everything in it – how it exists and what is its origin? As, to some extent you pointed out it is so finely balanced that it is like saying to a Rolex watch found on a beach, that it originated by chance like so many stones. By the way, Satan had also questioned God's wisdom !

          November 12, 2013 at 10:59 am |
      • Khan

        Scientifically (Einsteins Theory of Relativity) it has been proven that TIME started with the Big Bang. And the Universe came into being out of nothing. So if we follow Athiesm, we have to say that the Universe came into being out of nothing by ITSELF. Whereas, the religious alternative is that since TIME started with Big Bang, before was ETERNITY (no time) whcih means God was uncreated and He made the Universe out of nothing.
        What makes sense – choose your pick

        November 12, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • Marco

      That if there's a God, and if there is no God? Too bad you won't realize there is no afterlife, 'cause you'll be DEAD.

      November 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • Nick

      No worries! Christianity is wonderful in that regard. God is "omniscient". He has a "plan for everyone". He has blessed us with "free will". Therefore, he gave atheists the free will to choose, knowing full well how they would choose. In the end, atheists have done exactly what God wanted! And if I'm wrong, well, God "forgives", so I'm still good! 🙂

      November 6, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • tcp

      “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

      Richard Dawkins

      November 7, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  4. dencal26

    Colbert is a cafeteria Catholic like Pelosi.

    October 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • end of Idiocy

      If by cafeteria catholic you mean he uses his brain to decide for himself what and what does not make sense, then I would say more religious people should follow their example.

      October 31, 2013 at 11:39 am |
  5. YASH

    Really guys? He's a comedian. I thought he was pretty funny. As for Pope Francis, he's amazing and he's doing great things for Catholicism. I love our Pope!

    October 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • Bob the Chef

      Pope Francis is no different than the previous popes, except perhaps in style. The substance is the same. Stop getting caught up in the media BS. Here's an oxymoron: American Catholic. Most are just feelgoody children from the depraved 60s.

      October 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
      • YASH

        Except I'm 21 and most of the other youth in my church are very actively involved and are very faithful. Pope Francis is leading by example, much like Blessed John Paul. He's showing the example of a humble man, an example I believe our Church needed. He's just doing it right.

        October 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
      • Sajor

        Well, if you insist on cynicism, then Jesus was a feel-goody hippie kid from the depraved 30's B.C.

        November 3, 2013 at 11:11 am |
      • Shadow

        This Pope is DEFINITELY different from all the rest. Take that from a peron raised as a Roman Catholic, who is now an atheist. This guy is covering so many of the weaknesses that the Roman Catholics have had with other Popes....if I didn't know better about the fallacy of religion and was just peeved at the church, I wouldn't return to the regular Christians..I would return to my roots in Roman Catholicism.
        Personally, I'm just waiting to see if he breaks out some artifacts, from the Vatican, to prove some of the dogma that the fake hardliners have been using are pure lies.

        November 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
        • Steve

          Just curious what you mean by the statement "break out some artifacts.........."

          November 7, 2013 at 10:55 am |
  6. Universe

    Quran says (Islamic Scripture)

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    “It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” [19:35]

    “No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. ... [35:18]

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “Recall that your Lord said to the angels, "I am placing a representative on Earth." They said, "Will You place therein one who will spread evil therein and shed blood, while we sing Your praises, glorify You, and uphold Your absolute authority?" He said, "I know what you do not know." [2:30]

    “They say , "We live only this life; we will not be resurrected. If you could only see them when they stand before their Lord! He would say, "Is this not the truth?" They would say, "Yes, by our Lord." He would say, "You have incurred the retribution by your disbelief." [6:30]

    “We have honored the children of Adam, and provided them with rides on land and in the sea. We provided for them good provisions, and we gave them greater advantages than many of our creatures.” Quran [17:70]

    “O children of Adam, when messengers come to you from among you, and recite My revelations to you, those who take heed and lead a righteous life, will have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.” Quran [7:35]

    “O children of Adam, do not let the devil dupe you as he did when he caused the eviction of your parents from Paradise, and the removal of their garments to expose their bodies. He and his tribe see you, while you do not see them. We appoint the devils as companions of those who do not believe.” Quran [7:27]

    “Losers indeed are those who disbelieve in meeting God, until the Hour comes to them suddenly, then say, "We deeply regret wasting our lives in this world." They will carry loads of their sins on their backs; what a miserable load! [6:31]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to visit whyIslam org website.

    October 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • TheWiz71

      John 1 – Written by a man who ACTUALLY KNEW JESUS IN THE FLESH – "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him not anything was made that was made. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only Son of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

      October 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
      • Mick

        The Gospel of John like all other gospels ware written, 3rd hand from 97 AD from people who never met Christ. I give you a challenge as an ex Catholic myself ask yourself WHY? Like All religions why do we ignore some parts of all "holy" book. To put it simply with 42, 000 versions of christianity from 1 book and hundreds more from the Koran and torah and yet EVERY branch ignore parts that don't suit or fit , they can't ALL be right. But they can ALL be wrong

        November 3, 2013 at 4:03 am |
        • Michael

          Well put.

          November 4, 2013 at 4:14 am |
      • Marco

        Look at you defending your equally false books.

        November 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • TommyJ

      Who do you imagine would really take the time to read your post?

      October 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • Bob the Chef

      You realize Islam is a satanic deception, right? The angel dictating it was a demon trying to deny the divinity of Christ.

      October 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
      • Michael

        Cite your source please; don't just make this stuff up.

        November 4, 2013 at 4:16 am |
      • Tariq S

        Lol are you serious?? Wow I guess the devil won big on that deception. More than 1 billion people taking his lead. A few snags in the plan though since most of these satanically-inspired and duped believers happen to be doing good deeds and are striving to worship and honor God in ways very similar to their non-deceived christian brethren... hmmm

        November 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
        • Infallible

          Maybe they should strive to get Islamic terrorist under control. They are killing in the name of their god and yet you don't see Muslims talking up about it much.

          November 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
      • Khan

        If that was the case why would Koran defend the virgin birth of Jesus? Why Mary's name is written 17 times and Mohammad's mother name NOT EVEN ONCE? Koran is the only book on earth which defends Jesus virgin birth. So your belief on Jesus Divinity is based on despite claims in Bible " In the Beginning was the Word ... " Word was Jesus but we all were words with God as God knows everything in advance. How about the claim in Bible that no man can see God and live ????? Jesus prayed to God according to Bible several times. It is easy to convert a man (a creation) into God even if he is good or bad. As an example look no further than North Korea – Kim Il Sung and his sons all are accepted as god – is it ok?

        November 12, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      He was as different from an average man as he was an average ant. He was god almighty

      October 30, 2013 at 6:44 am |
  7. Susan StoHelit

    Sounds like a good roast.

    I'm an atheist, and being raised Catholic, I take the Catholic church's corruption and support of child molesters very personally – but this pope seems a good one, and Colbert's roast really reflects that reality.

    October 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Crom

      There is no such thing as a good pope, only gullible people who think such a thing is possible.

      October 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
      • Infallible

        This goes for all religious leaders

        November 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm |


    October 22, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • bigmac

      And you believe in Halloween. So sad.

      October 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Bob the Chef

      Perhaps you should focus on improving your spelling first. Oh, and growing up.

      October 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
  9. CommonSensed

    This belongs in Entertainment.

    October 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  10. bananas

    I don't feel I got the authority to speak for god. I no I do

    October 21, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Susan StoHelit

      No doubt. God gots more better grammar.

      October 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  11. Franklin

    Catholicism doesn’t teach that the Pope is literally infallible in all aspects of the church. He is only infallible in the sense that he can change an existing doctrine in the church.

    October 21, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • Bob the Chef

      Wrong. The pope cannot change doctrines or dogmas of the Church. Papal infallibility means that when he declares something ex cathedra (from the chair) it has the force of doctrine. This has been very rarely done in the Church and the things spoken of infallibly are the things which define the faith (the divinity of Christ, the virginity of Mary, etc), which of course isn't to say that you can just blow off the rest. But you need to be clear about what papal infallibility actually means.

      October 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  12. Peter strauss

    Humans have no soul, so these religions that make one up for us are incorrect.

    (also wrong about "eternity", living after death, and all of the thousands of Gods made up by Man to make oneself less afraid)

    Morons is the word I like, but not politically correct, and hard to still have respect for the POTUS when he too worships fairie beings that read minds and create universes. Stupid is as stupid believes.

    October 21, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • Bill

      How do you know people dont have souls?

      October 21, 2013 at 9:44 am |
      • Doc Vestibule

        In the same way that I know we don't have Body Thetans.

        October 21, 2013 at 9:48 am |
        • Bill

          What's that?

          October 21, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • Sara

      I have no god beliefs, and even I think you come off sounding silly. There's no way to know most of those things, and to state such claims with that kind of certainty just makes you look like a fanatic.

      October 21, 2013 at 9:48 am |
      • Bob the Chef

        Oh, sure. An experiment that finds God. Makes a whole lot of sense, does it. Design an experiment that shows that the number pi or even 1 exist, you genius.

        Dawkins-reading pseudo-intellectuals like you should educate yourself before you open your mouth. Or post asinine comments under religious articles like a troll. After listening to 3-4 years of obnoxious Dawkinsian moronisms, you're hardly original. You could have used that time better to actually, you know, read something intelligent and go beyond the nonsense that Dawkins spews and causes his educated colleagues to facepalm with embarrassment.

        October 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed, I discount everything told to me by a Thiest, do to there unilateral ignorance. If one believes in a magic old white man in the sky, why would I hold any openions they have as valid.

      October 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • bigmac

      Man came to be due to an accident of nature. There is no creator. There is no soul. There is no soul mate. There is no meaning of life. Your life has no meaning. There is no fate. Nothing was ever “meant to be”. There is nothing sacred. Your body is not sacred. When you’re dead, your body has no value, no meaning, no significance. It’s just rotting meat. You are no different from the meat in a BigMac. Your mother is no more special than the rodent that I ran over this morning. Your spouse is no more beautiful than the deer rotting after getting hit by a truck. Your dead grandmother is not watching over you. She’s compost. Remember, you are just an accident. A freak accident.

      October 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
      • Cpt. Obvious

        I choose to focus on the more positive aspects of life... at least while I'm living. If you want to concern yourself with what doesn't exist instead of YOU giving YOUR life meaning in the values you hold dear and find to be "good," then that's your business.

        Sure, there's no "ultimate" meaning, but that doesn't mean you don't decorate for the party and put out food trays and bo.oze and balloons. So what if it will all be over too soon? Enjoy the party while it goes on.

        October 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
        • compost

          Can you explain why you have this fantasy that your life has positive aspects ? You evolved. Just like rats did.

          October 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          I define "positive" and "negative." You arbitrate "truth" in the name of your god, and I arbitrate truth according to my principles and values which include logical reasoning to a great degree. It seems much more logical to me to enjoy my life and do "good" as I see to do it and as makes happy those I most care about. If you would like to present a logical argument about why I should not do what makes sense to me, then I will entertain your ideas. If you would like to define my behavior as "acting on faith," then that is fine by me.

          October 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
      • Khan

        BigMac – lol. You have great insight on life – it looks so true !!! But I think you have viewed life only superficially – like seeing the symptoms only.
        Try onetime contacting your heart when you are in lonely and quite place and try to listen what it says or what you find in it. It might give evidence of the Creator – the Almight kind.

        November 12, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • r.l

      as a famous philossifer of 1800's sed,"If there was no
      God we would have to invent one." enough allreadt

      November 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  13. Joe

    There has been no Roman Catholic Church since Vatican II.

    October 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  14. Erasmus

    Ironic: During the Dark Ages, you poke fun at the Pope and YOU were roasted, now you roast the Pope and your praised! So glad to see theres such consistancy!
    If only Martin Luther had said it Jokingly, then maybe the history books would of been different..................

    October 20, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  15. Scienceman

    Why are the current generation of atheists so insecure that their only 'argument' is the insult? It's as if a bunch of morons have decided the only way they can be regarded as intelligent is to call themselves 'atheists', and the only way they can be atheists is to attack Christians with half baked and ill informed pseudo-arguments.

    October 20, 2013 at 4:50 am |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magic Underwear

      One does not have to attack Christians in order to be an atheist. One simply has to believe there is no god, or else is unconvinced that there is a god because of a lack of evidence. I suspect that atheists would shut up when Christians shut up, but many Christians are very vocal in pushing their religious beliefs, and many try to push those beliefs into the judicial and legislative sphere. When a country has a justice of the Supreme Court who states that he believes the Devil is a real being, THAT is something that atheists get very worried – and very vocal – about.

      October 20, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Scienceman' contains an instance of the ad hominem fallacy.


      October 20, 2013 at 10:28 am |
      • Scienceman

        My argument exactly. The only 'argument' the atheists use is the ad hom. The ad hominem attack is not a valid argument.

        October 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
        • FallacyFails

          " It's as if a bunch of morons have decided the only way they can be regarded as intelligent is to call themselves 'atheists'" is itself and ad hominem fallacy...

          October 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
      • Scienceman

        "50 Foot Fairy", "Science too hard for you, try religion" etc are attempts at mockery, ad Homs, not arguments, because they are calling people who a faithful 'stupid'. This may be difficult for you to understand, I appreciate.

        October 21, 2013 at 2:13 am |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          I'm not aware of that many poor arguments used by atheists against Christians, but I will certainly watch for your arguments that, apparently, are going to be astoundingly better than the atheists arguments you take on.

          Looking forward.

          October 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • raaronjones

      Amen, LOL, it's a hard impulse not to insult the believers but a solid internal philosophy, one built on small concrete ideas not easily ignored leading to atheism, is the proper tack.

      October 21, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • Sara

      Interesting, Did you get this from a scientific survey of atheists or from selectively reading internet message boards?

      October 21, 2013 at 9:28 am |

      Well, I am an atheist and have no desire to attack Christians. If someone wants to tell me how believing in God has helped them I listen and nod at the appropriate time. If they want to convert me to their way of thinking, I just say no thanks and go on with my day.
      I don't think being an atheist makes me any more of an intellectual than I would be if I believed in God. So Scienceman, at least for me, your comment is not true.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  16. sciencelady

    To find that Colbert believes the Roman Catholic doctrine, or any religion, is disappointing.
    He needs use more skepticism toward his indoctrinated beliefs.
    He could study more science and hone his critical thinking skills.

    October 19, 2013 at 9:08 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      But then he might not be funny.

      October 19, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • Colin

      One of my favorite bumper stickers reads, "Science too hard for you? Then try religion."

      October 19, 2013 at 9:13 am |
      • Milo

        I'm glad to see that. like all great scientists, you get your inspiration (and, I assume, information) from bumper stickers. Great point, how can God compete with the logic of the car in front of you?

        October 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
        • Maddy

          You must be GOTP. That's where they get their talking points from.

          October 24, 2013 at 11:40 am |
        • Ann

          I bet you have a Jesus fish on your car.

          November 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  17. John Stefanyszyn

    Which "belief" do Colbert, Dolan, and Bergoglio live by?
    .....many will answer that it is the 'Catholic' religion.
    This may be their "religion'...but it is not their way of live...for each sees their "catholic religion" in a different light.
    BUT each believes and confesses that it is their right to be free to be a "catholic" as per their interest, as per their worshipped 'free will'.
    Each believes first and foremost in their 'freedom of self rights...freedom of self-religion'.
    Each believes that it is right to be free to justify their "good and evil" in their personal "religion".

    BUT the Son of the One God said that we are to worship the One Lord God and Him Alone to serve in obedience...that we are to do His Will and not one's own will.

    Soon Christ will return to rule the earth as the One and Only King, according to the Will of the Creator and not according to man's first love for his "freedom will".

    October 19, 2013 at 8:40 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      What is worship?

      October 19, 2013 at 8:42 am |
      • Bernie

        Worship to Christians is saying "thank you" to the Creator. It's really no more complicated than that. If a person does not believe in a God then he/she does not need to worry about it. But, if a person is a believer then worship is the natural consequence.

        November 17, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • sam stone

      Annny day now, yesssir, annnny day now jeebus is coming back

      it is amusing watching mouth breathers like johnnny boy bere predicting this drivel

      October 19, 2013 at 8:44 am |
      • Alias

        Why can't you make your point without being an ass?

        October 19, 2013 at 8:47 am |
        • sam stone

          alias: i have tried many times making my point with the theists on these blogs and all i get is closed minded drivel and empty proxy threats

          the point is that people have been predicting the return of jesus for centuries, if not millenia. and, nothing has happened

          they have used this as a warning about cultural changes with which they disagree (if gays get the right to marry, jeebus will come back soon and he will be very angry)

          just more blah, blah, fvcking pompous blah

          October 19, 2013 at 9:27 am |
        • Spectator

          sam stone,

          A well-placed zinger _once in a while_ can be real effective; and blowing one's top in frustration _once in a while_ is understandable. Using it as one's only means of conversation, however, can make one sound like a nut. I'm sure that you are aware that nuts are generally discounted and dismissed. Don't let it happen to you! You have many valid points - make them count.

          October 19, 2013 at 11:13 am |
        • sam stone

          fair enough

          October 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
        • sam stone

          not to mention the highest human level I aspire to is ass hole. I think if I studied hard for 7 to 10 more years I too could be intelligent enough to be an ass.

          October 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Alias

      I believe that if there was one all powerful creater of the universe there would only be one religion.
      If the christian god existed, we would have one bible that would have no contradictions and errors.
      Everyone would interpret the bible the same way, if it had been written by the christian god.

      October 19, 2013 at 8:46 am |
      • sam stone

        why do you feel that the creator of the universe and religions have anything to do with each other?

        October 19, 2013 at 9:28 am |
      • james

        A; if you are serious about your questions go to jw.org to learn what the Bible really teaches since there is one creator but he has given man time to do what his will is and if you really search for it the truth can be found. please give it a look and what do you have to lose since it is Free and no one will ask you to send a check but they will come to you if you want and oh, did I mention no charge? (comment to Alias) not you sam, sorry been here before.

        October 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
        • DesertSandVeteran

          I do my Bible research on evilbible . com

          All actual quotes straight out of the Bible. All horribly, horrendously immoral.

          October 20, 2013 at 3:08 am |

          >"go to jw.org to learn"

          LOL. What good is a religion that can't even properly translate the name of your god... it is YAHWEH, not jewhovah. LOL. Praying to a god whose name you don't even know. LOLOLOL

          http://rghost.net/49642488 (Vielky Bezboznik-ghosts.mp3)

          October 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
        • james

          magic? what a moron.

          October 22, 2013 at 9:35 am |
    • Colin

      It has been "any day now" for the last 2,000 years. Jesus got it wron when he said it would happen within the lives of his generation, Paul got it wrong wheen he said Jesus was the "first fruit" and the rest of the dead would be resurrected imminently and we have been getting it wrong ever since.

      Millions of books have been sold and lives of the gullible turned upside down and yet the Christian sky fairy remains as hidden as ever. Our ability as a species to delude ourselves is quite remarkable.

      October 19, 2013 at 8:57 am |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        We should stay with the present leadership for the duration of the emergency.

        October 19, 2013 at 9:02 am |
        • badoom

          And what sort of leadership would that be? Who is leading you? Do they exist? Do they speak words? Have they written anything themselves? No? Time to get in the box. Your time is up.

          October 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
      • Johnjonjon

        Guess what kids? Ere is zero evidence that anything I the Jewish Torah is real either.

        October 27, 2013 at 6:09 am |
    • sam stone

      john: why do you feel you have authority to speak for god?

      October 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
      • badoom

        Because he's named after a toilet? Just a guess.

        October 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
  18. Doris

    President Bush after 9/11: "Our God is the God who named the stars".
    How erroneous. Two-thirds of star names have Arabic names. They came from Islam's fertile period (AD 800-1100.) During that time Baghdad was the intellectual center of the world, open to people of all or no faiths. During that time were some of the greatest advances known to mankind: engineering, biology, medicine, mathematics, celestial navigation; this is the time and place that gave us numerals we use, terms like algebra and algorithm.

    Enter Imam Hamid al-Ghazali in the 12th century. The fundamentally religious period of Islam begins, and so begins the steady decline of free intellectual expression in that area of the world. Some would argue that it has since never recovered.

    As astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains, throughout history most of the great minds give virtually no mention to any god for their discoveries and explanations. (Ptolemy, Isaac Newton, Laplace, Huygens, Galileo.) That is, until they reach the problem they feel they cannot and will never fully tackle. Dr. Tyson demonstrates this with writings from the great minds in his talk "The Perimeter of Ignorance".

    Perhaps that is all God has ever been – a placeholder for discomfort or frustration over the unknown; an excuse of last resort when, for one reason or another, one gives up investigation. It is at that point of discomfort over the unknown when one should remember what humanity has already witnessed: that today's scientific explanations were often yesterday's gods.

    October 19, 2013 at 2:08 am |
  19. Christianity begins

    With untruths you are told as a child that lead to a water-boarding that you actually agree to. You can be Christian all your life. Really, it wont't kill you. When you die, though, the words will be said over you by an assistant pastor who won't have ever known you by name.

    October 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
  20. My Dog is a jealous Dog

    I do feel bad for him – what an awful job. There are some children playing tonight.

    October 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • Ironicus

      There are burrs.

      October 19, 2013 at 1:06 am |
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