Robbie George issues a pointed admonition about Stephen Colbert:
For Christians—Catholics in particular—to lionize this guy is a huge mistake. It’s on a par with lionizing Wendell Berry, something many Christians—especially Evangelicals—did. I understand the temptation to “claim” as one of our own an icon of the cultural elite, but caveat emptor. When push comes to shove, and the choice is between Judaeo-Christian morality and liberal orthodoxy, people like Colbert and Berry play for the other team. Often enough, they go out of their way to express contempt for those Christians who refuse to yield to liberal dogmas (on sex and marriage, for example, or the sanctity of human life). I suppose that’s their way of reassuring people in elite circles that they’re not like their “backward,” “retrograde,” “on the wrong side of history” co-religionists.
I was never a regular viewer of Colbert’s program on Comedy Central, so I’m sure there are many readers who can explain better than I why some believers might have viewed Colbert in the way George describes. I only saw a handful of episodes of the program, but even I can remember an episode that might have fed the impression that he is an ally. It is a head-to-head with Bart Ehrman (see below).
Using his trademark wit, Colbert does more to discredit Ehrman’s attack on the Bible than any apologist I’ve ever seen. It really is uncanny.
In any case, it is worth noting that Robbie George warns not to read too much into interviews like this one. By the way, if you’re not following Robbie George on Facebook, you should. That’s where he posts regular tidbits about the news and culture. Here’s the link.