Comedians sometimes say the darnedest things. So imagine bringing together two celebrity personalities — one atheist and another believer — to debate God’s existence and conservative Christianity. That’s exactly what unfolded this week on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” a late-night talk show on FX.
From claims that God is a “sociopath” to the notion that Jesus Christ was “the most extremely liberal guy ever,” the on-air exchange between guests John Fugelsang, an actor, and comedian Jamie Kilstein will certainly raise some eyebrows.
Fugelsang, who said he believes in God and shared that his mother is an ex-nun and that his father was once a Franciscan brother (both true tidbits based on his TV Guide biography), stood in stark contrast to Kilstein, who is an avowed atheist.
“I am the whitest guy in this room, but I can honestly say my mother was a sister, my father was a brother,” joked Fugelsang, eliciting laughter.
But when it came to Jesus, his statements, seemingly more serious in nature, will certainly be seen as offensive by some conservative Christians. In addition to dismissing right-leaning believers’ deeply-held views, the actor and television personality also provided an intriguing lens through which he sees the Christian savior.
“I’ve come to view Jesus much the way I view Elvis. I love the guy but the fan clubs really freak me out,” proclaimed Fugelsang. “I think a lot of the times the mistake we make is confusing God and religion and thinking they’re the same thing.”
On this latter point, many conservative Christians might actually agree with him, particularly those of an evangelical or non-denominational perspective. But it’s what came next that will likely shock critics:
“What we have now is all the fundamentalist Christians who read the Bible and they skip right from the golden calf to Revelations — and then the ‘Left Behind’ books, and they kind of leave out the fact that Jesus was pretty much was the most extremely liberal guy ever in history or literature or whatever your belief system is. You look at the character of Jesus and he scares the hell out of the conservatives, even today. If Jesus came back today you wouldn’t be able to hear him talk over the sound of Christians calling him a socialist.”
Failing to stop himself there, Fugelsang continued, noting that Jesus was also anti-wealth, anti-death penalty, anti-public prayer, never anti-gay, never anti-abortion and never anti-premarital sex, among other parameters.
As for Kilstein, he dismissed God as a sociopath, if, indeed, the deity exists and had some additional unfavorable comments about conservative Christians like Michele Bachmann.
Watch the intriguing segment — and debate — below:
(H/T: Christian Post)