Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Franken mockery of all things Christian. And he wants to be our US Senator?

You would think that all the outrageous comments Al Franken has made in the past would already have been aired. It appears not. Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten in her Wednesday column discusses Franken's past mockery of Christianity in her column, "Vulgar mockery of Christians: Is this what we want in a U.S. Senator."

Kersten points out Franken's outrageous description of Christ's crucifixion:

Franken finds Christ's crucifixion to be a barrel of laughs. For example, in his 1999 book, "Why Not Me?" he wrote about his discovery -- as a fictional former president -- of "the complete skeleton of Jesus Christ still nailed to the cross" during an archeological dig. At the Franken Presidential Library gift shop, visitors can buy "small pieces of Jesus' skeleton."

"We would like to display Jesus' skeleton at some future point," Franken went on. "It's merely a matter of designing and building an exhibition space ... . Until then he's very comfortable in a box down in our basement near the geothermal power station."

Very funny. Anybody want to try a joke like that about Mohammed?

Then he trashes the Christian belief that Jesus is both God and man:
Franken also wrote a Saturday Night Live monologue for Jesus Christ that appeared in a magazine. After poking fun at Christians' belief that Jesus was both God and man, he had Christ speculate on having the hots for Mary Magdalene:

"If Mary Magdalene looked like Barbara Hershey, I might have thought twice about this celibacy thing. I mean, the real Mary Magdalene was about four foot two, 135 pounds. And with bad teeth yet."

Then he mocks God.

In Franken's world, God has a mouth as foul as Franken's. In one book, he has God refer to books about liberal media bias as "total bullshit." Later, he describes God as having his head "up his ass."

Then she points to his mockery of Catholics.

But Franken saves his sharpest barbs for those weirdos, Catholics.

In 2006, he and a guest on his Air America radio show joked about Eucharistic communion wafers -- sacred to Catholics as the body of Christ -- and compared them to chips and guacamole. In "Dog Confessional," a proposed sketch for Saturday Night Live, Franken depicted "a series of dogs, played by cast members, confessing to a priest," according to the Washington Post. NBC refused to air it.

In another book, Franken described greeting a New York audience with the words, "Isn't Cardinal O'Connor an asshole?"

Kersten called his campaign for comments. They didn't return her phone calls. I hope other members of the media will call Franken's campaign as well and get an explanation for his outrageous comments. The people of Minnesota need to remember that Franken is now auditioning to be Minnesota's US Senator.

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