Days after he smeared the Last Supper as bland and ruled he didn't blame Judas for betraying Jesus, NBC's Late Night host Seth Meyers spent over seven minutes early Thursday morning viciously berating and decrying conservatives backing religious freedom laws in Georgia and North Carolina as segregationists alongside Christians, Chick-fil-A and North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
Meyers began the truly humorless rant by whining that both would "discriminate against LGBTQ people, but the governors in those states, both Republican, dealt with those bills in two very different ways."
After reminding viewers of last year's Supreme Court ruling, Meyers lamented that "opponents at LGBTQ equality argue[d] that they could just ignore or disobey the ruling" and was illustrated by "Kentucky's anti-gay rights Cathy cartoon Kim Davis."
"But when that didn't work, state lawmakers around the country started proposing laws that would allow people to discriminate against LGBTQ people on so-called religious grounds," he added.
Meyers first went after the now-vetoed bill in Georgia and its broad protections for religious institutions with overly simplistic, fallacy-laced complaints from years gone by hitting Chick-fil-A:
That's right, the bill would've qualified Chick-fil-A as faith based. Although to be fair, anywhere 15-year-olds are cooking your dinner, you're operating on faith. [LAUGHTER] So Chick-fil-A is doing God's work, whereas Chipotle practices the dark arts.
The anti-Christian host played a clip of Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal explaining his reservations about the bill since "what the New Testament teaches us is, that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcast."
Being the smart aleck that he's always been, Meyers provided this short lecture to Christianity that had the liberal audience laughing hysterically: "Yeah, that's the New Testament. You need to read the New New Testament, where Jesus is opposed to same-sex marriages, teachers unions, financial reform and ObamaCare."
Shifting gears to North Carolina, Meyers aired his grievances about that state's religious freedom law:
[T]hen there's North Carolina where Republican Governor Pat McCrory took the opposite approach. He signed a law passed by Republicans in that state that not only allows discrimination against LGBTQ people, it actually overturns a non-discrimination ordinance passed last month by the city of Charlotte.
Meyers used two MSNBC clips of national correspondent Joy Reid touting comparisons made by The Charlotte Observer of McCrory to segregationists like George Wallace, Orval Faubis and Ross Barnett to further bolster his straw man case:
That's how bad this law is. North Carolina's newspapers have to reach for deep cut segregationists like Ross Barnett and Orval Faubis. Even if you don't know who Orval Faubis is, you can just tell from his name he was a hardcore racist. [LAUGHTER] Orval Faubis is the name of someone who at one point definitely said, well, well, well. [LAUGHTER] What do we have here?
He finally wound down the diatribe by concluding that ordinances known as bathroom bills both "legalize discrimination" and "could also make police officers" that dance with attendees of gay pride parades "a lot less fun."
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