On Wednesday night’s show, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert mocked mocked conservatives who seek to undermine anti-bullying laws.
Last week, the Republican-controlled Michigan state Senate passed an anti-bullying law that actually protects bullies if they have “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.”
But even those broad exceptions to the law weren’t good enough for American Family Association of Michigan president Gary Glenn who claims the measure is a “a Trojan horse for the homosexual agenda.”
“Oh, yes,” Colbert jokingly agreed. “The homosexual agenda is just an insidious plot to prevent gay teenagers from dying.”
“I believe [the law] violates the free speech of Christians who are simply trying to follow Leviticus: ‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them has done what is detestable. They are to be put to death.’ That’s not me. That’s God: the all-knowing, all-loving creator who made all things and hates some of them.”
He continued: “The point is that bullying is just fine as long as you get a permission slip from God. … And there may be some out there who are convinced that by inserting into a law designed to prevent the suicides of tormented gay children an amendment that justifies that cruelty by appealing to God, these Republican senators are being immoral. And I just worry that next November, those voters might pick on them.”
Watch the video below from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Nov. 9, 2011.