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Fun Friday: Stephen Colbert on God’s Low Approval Rating; No Gay Marriage for Bert & Ernie

If President Obama and other politicians are feeling down about their unpopularity these days, perhaps they can take some consolation in God’s surprisingly low approval rating. (He’s still more popular than the politicians, of course, but not by as much as you would expect.)

Fortunately, we have Catholic comedian Stephen Colbert and his “Colbert Nation chaplain” Father Jim Martin to skewer such faith news, including how non-Mormon Americans view Mormon presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.


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As for the Fun Friday runner-up — the petition for Bert & Ernie to have a gay wedding, now that it’s legal in New York — please.  As a borderline obsessive fan of Jim Henson’s work, I implore everyone to respect the fact that the Sesame Street muppets (which don’t include the lascivious Ms. Piggy) are asexual! Occasional innuendo aside (especially in that “Great Adventures” theme song), Bert and Ernie are intended to show that different kinds of people can still be friends; no way would they make a functional married couple, even if one were female, or uh, either had anything other than a muppeteer’s hand down there! (Go watch “Avenue Q,” if you want sexy muppets!)


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Eva Stavrinides

posted August 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

What a BIG relief: Burt and Ernie, remaining just friends who “bicker” that is:)Why mess with a good thing – that has been fullproof for over 30 years, I ask!!!

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posted August 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Bert and Ernie getting married? that will be the demise of Sesame Street. Can’t we leave things alone? must we try to change things to fit our own personal values which may not be real values to begin with.

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posted August 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

“Let’s just be friends.” Good idea.

The OT talks about some Jews arguing with He Who Cannot Be Named but protestant leaders seem to just go along. Of course they’re are going along with whatever they’re telling us God wants so that’s no surprise. It’s good though, very good that many people are willing to apply morality to “God” and find “It” very lacking. On the other hand if the universe is ruled by physics and some randomness what we see’s no surprise. And that speaks very well for the physics and randomness hypothesis.

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posted August 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Obtw in my browser, at least, both those movies are playing when I get to this page. Pretty noisy till I stop them. I’m guessing there’s a way to include them not primed to play.

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