Saturday Night Live Tackles Whether Black People Would Still Support President Obama if He Left Christianity

One of the sketches from last night’s “Saturday Night Live” featured three African-Americans discussing how President Obama is doing. The running joke was that no matter what Obama did, his support from the black community would never fade.

Actors Jay Pharoah and Kerry Washington consider dropping their support for Barack Obama

The best exchange involved contemplating what would happen if Obama became an atheist (at the 3:38 mark):

Actor Kenan Thompson: We move now to “What Would It Take?” Our weekly segment where we ask: What would it take for Barack Obama to lose your support? Would Barack Obama lose your support if he left the Christian church and converted?

Actress Kerry Washington: Converted to what?

Thompson: Islam.

Washington: … As-salamu alaykum, Barack.

Thompson: Judaism.

Washington: … Mazel tov, Baruch.

Thompson: Scientology.

Washington: … All hail Xenu, my thetan brother.

Thompson: What about Orthodox Judaism, where he wears the hat, the long coat, and everything?

Actor Jay Pharoah: The coat and everything? I mean, he’d just look like he was in Run–D.M.C. So that’s cool, you know. That’s fine.

Thompson: Right, right… well, what if he becomes an atheist?

Washington: Mm-mmm! No no, no no no. I do not think I could trust a godless man!

Thompson: So does he lose your support?

Washington: He does not.

Score! Forget what I said in the last post. Obama could become an atheist and, still, many communities wouldn’t even think about crossing over to the GOP.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X