On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert savaged Dr. "Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt, the former Navy chaplain turned Colorado state lawmaker.
After showing clips of talking heads saying that the Democrats are losing their "farm teams" in state legislatures, Colbert said that he would be profiling "one of these 'pre-heroes.'"
He then cut to a clip of Klingenschmitt holding a pitchfork as "a symbol of the positive campaign that I am running."
"Yes," Colbert replied, "it is reminiscent of the positive campaign the villagers ran to elect Frankenstein. But Klingenschmitt stands for so much more. He doesn't hate the gays, he's just concerned for them, as he demonstrates on his YouTube program."
"The demonic spirits inside the homosexual agenda are trying to redefine family," Klingenschmitt says in the clip, "trying to homosexualize your children. Jesus, if he were giving marriage counseling to two gay men who were married, Jesus would command them to get divorced."
"Yes," Colbert responded, "if Jesus were their marriage counselor, he would tell them to get divorced. And he would take 65 minutes to do it, so he could charge them the second hour. But it's not just the gays -- everyone needs a little Klingenschmitt exorcism."
"Don't you think there's something inside the atheist complainer that's wrong," he says in another clip. "I have a solution! Let's do an exorcism, cast the devil out of them! Julius Genachowski, the outgoing FCC chairman, has not enforced decency standards. The demonic spirit inside of him influences him to abuse, and dare I say, molest and visually rape your children."
In another clip, Klingenschmitt prays for God to remove "the demon of tyranny that is abusing the White House occupant, that demonic spirit is oppressing us. Father, we command it to leave -- we pray that you will help the president repent."
"Yes," Colbert said, "Obama's possessed by a demon -- and he won't even show us its birth certificate. Now, saying the president is possessed by a demon could be seen as a tad inflammatory, but after he was elected, Klingenschmitt told a Colorado newspaper that, 'I would say it is time for people of good will on both sides of the political debate to come together to have reasonable discussions about these issues.'"
"Now that the bruising campaign is over," Colbert concluded, "Democrats should join Klingenschmitt in a reasonable discussion about whether Barack Obama is possessed by a demon."
In an interview on Bible Talk Radio on Monday, Klingenschmitt insisted that people are mocking him for his "simple faith" in the Bible. "I'm just a guy who believes the Bible," he said. "I love Jesus. I love people. I'm a man of faith and compassion."
He is being singled out, he said, because "there is a backlash against the name of Jesus. People do not want God to rule their hearts and a lot of people are offended when a chaplain or a man of faith gets elected to political office. But thank God, the voters in my district were very conservative and very open to religious freedom."
Watch the entire segment from the November 12, 2014 episode of The Colbert Report below via Colbert Nation.