April 20, 2016 – “Saturday Night Live” is feeling some heat for its recently aired “God’s Not Dead 2” parody trailer which skewers the current debate over various religious freedom bills making their way through state legislatures. Perhaps a reflection of the times, the NBC comedy stalwart seems to be returning to a consistent edge in its satirical material including their widely-scene “Racists for Trump” video. This time, SNL’s pre-recorded skit entitled “God is a Boob Man” has cast regular Vanessa Bayer playing a Christian baker who is asked to, gasp, bake a cake for a gay couple. Based on her religious convictions, she refuses and is taken to court by the couple’s Jewish attorneys. Comedy ensues. But not everyone is laughing.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, singer-actor Pat Boone said, “This skit was outright sacrilege. They know if they did this to Muslims they’d have to be put into the witness protection program.” He continued with:
“Something can be devilishly funny, but this skit is diabolical. God has only one real enemy — Satan. Satan ridicules faith, and they’re taking Satan’s side. They’re also ridiculing me and the film, telling impressionable young people not to see it because it’s ridiculous. Then they throw in that the lawyer is Jewish to make the Christian look even worse, but it’s just anti-Semitic.”
Once in the courtroom, Bayer’s persecuted baker is repeatedly asked to admit that “God is gay.” She won’t cave in and triumphantly announces…”God is a boob man!”
The real “God’s Not Dead 2” is a faith-based film which tells the story of a teacher who is sued by the ACLU for referencing Jesus in history class when discussing civil disobedience. She goes to court, refuses to recant, and ultimately wins her case.