Colbert on Obama, North Carolina, & Gay Marriage

Two nights in a row last month Colbert had fantastic coverage of the news of Barack Obama’s “evolved” support for gay marriage and the unevolved decision of the people of North Carolina to even further restrict gay rights than they already had. In case you missed either or both of his segments on these subjects, here they are.  I have also transcribed each one’s most memorable takeaway quote below:

My own thoughts on Obama’s “evolution” towards supporting gay marriage are here.

Here is the key takeaway Colbert quote from the video above:

So congratulations, North Carolina. Last night, you struck a decisive blow for loneliness. And tonight, as you go to sleep beside your heterosexual life mate, you can rest assured that all across your great state, a gay man or a lesbian woman is crying themselves to sleep in solitude and making your relationship stronger with every tear.

And here’s the key quote from the video the next night:

Pastor Rober Jeffress (in a video clip): By embracing same sex marriage, President Obama has really contradicted the Jesus that he says he follows.

Stephen Colbert: Yes, Obama is contradicting the Jesus. And now I’d like to read you what the Jesus had to say about homosexuality. I’d like to, but he never said anything about it. Evidently Jesus was so filled with rage, he was speechless!

Last summer I spelled out in some detail my own take on gays and Jesus, which was written in reply to a conservative Christian’s standard apologetics for anti-gay Christianity.

The second Colbert video is below the fold: 

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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