I love the Daily Show with Jon Stewart because he looks at political issues from a seemingly distant perspective. Instead of being an extremist in politics, he choosing to analyze issues impacting both sides of the spectrum, mocking everyone equally. The best thing about using humor to discuss important issues is that in order to make fun of something and do it well, a deep understanding of the issue at hand must be first obtained. Below is the transcript from a segment aired on February 3, 2011 discussing Texans trying to remove Joe Strauss from Speaker of the House (the first Jewish speaker) for not being Christian.
“We elected a house with Christian, conservative values. We now want a true Christian, concervative running it.”
----Email from Texas Conservatives----
Rabbi Gideon Estes: People claiming that someone couldn’t a job because they weren’t Christian in public service is very disturbing and scary.
Interviewer: But Rabbi, don’t you think that the laws of Texas could only really properly be shepherded by a Christian speaker of the House?
I: [awkward pause] Sorry, I wasn’t expecting you to say no to the at all.
RGE: Many times people use the word ‘Christian’ as a synonym for ‘good.’
I: Christian doesn’t necessarily just mean good, it just means better.
RGE: Okay, that’s really problematic because I know of Christians who are definitely not better than Jews…
I: Name 3.
RGE: Name 3 that are not good?
I: That are not better than Jews.
RGE: Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin.
I: Okay, name 4.
RGE: Ted Kaczynski.
I: Do you not think it’s a little offensive, Rabbi, that whenever you think of Christians you think of serial killers?
———————————-***This transcript segment does not reflect my personal views of Christianity or Christians. It merely makes me laugh due to the ridiculous nature of the interviewer’s questions as well as the concept that a qualified public official must be Christian or all hell will break loose. I respect the separation of Church and State (which seems to be quite the ambiguous term dependent upon the issue at hand), perhaps due to my belief that faith is an extremely personal matter.