Open season: Media takes potshots at Easter story

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Steve Jordahl (

aiming at BibleEaster is typically the high point of the calendar for followers of Jesus. Unfortunately, it also offers a seasonal target for anti-Christian media outlets.

Some of the usual suspects in the mainstream media took to the air over the weekend to lampoon or otherwise disrespect Good Friday and Easter. Here are just three examples.

NBC's Chuck Todd tweeted out the following:

Todd (on Twitter): "I'm a bit hokey when it comes to 'Good Friday.' I don't mean disrespect to the religious aspect of the day, but I love the idea of reminding folks that any day can become 'good,' all it takes is a little selflessness on our own part. Works EVERY time."

Matt Philbin of Media Research Center notes that Good Friday would be "Horrible Friday" if not for what is celebrated on Sunday. "It's the most self-regarding thing I've ever seen and it totally, completely misses the point of Good Friday," he says of Todd's tweet.

Then there's CNN, whose reporter John Blake wrote a long, rambling piece of fiction about the Easter narrative. He argues that because the disciples didn't believe Mary Magdalene when she told them of the Resurrection, that makes that event the first of the #MeToo stories in the Bible. The article goes on to assert several more points on why the Passion victimizes the women in the story.

Philbin, Matt (CMI)"I have to say that is absolutely the worst article on religion I have ever read," says Philbin. "That is a liberal checking the boxes of all the current fads."

But perhaps the most disrespectful example was Stephen Colbert's Showtime series "Our Cartoon President," which in Sunday's episode had a dimwitted President Trump going to church. The bit starts with "Donald" and "Melania" the night before, talking about faith:

Cartoon President: "How do grown adults still worship Jesus? I mean, where was Jesus when the Taj Mahal was at a standstill with the unions?

Melania: Sometimes people need to believe in something bigger than themselves."

A synopsis of that episode describes: "After a hot mic gaffe at a church service, the president's approval rating with evangelicals is threatened. In response, the president seeks help from Mike Pence to become the most Christian president in history in time for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll."

Philbin's reaction? "One of the things about Colbert is he's supposedly a good Catholic – but I see no evidence of it on the air," he states.

In an op-ed for Fox News, Robert Charles says of the open derision of Holy Week: "This past weekend ... represents an acute example of what ails the nation: an absence of respect for what many Americans consider the compass of their lives – their faith, in this case Christian faith."

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