Worst Jon Stewart interview?
I really like the Jon Stewart show. In years past he has given a good view of the world and the media of the world for their hypocritical and ridiculous ideologies.
This interview with David Barton is however not one of Stewart's best. Stewart seems out of alignment and he doesn't dig in to the story like he should have; that Thomas Jefferson (while still a Christian) was not main stream. He was a man who rejected all the "miracles" and "magic" of the bible. So much so that Jefferson created his own bible by ripping out those things which made Jesus a human being rather than this "super natural" being.
Jefferson also was a person who wanted religion to be separated from politics. He knew that mixing the two cause problems and this is why he wrote:
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State." -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802
Stewart also missed an opportunity for fact checking concerning the people who were arrested for giving out bibles on the sidewalk. In one instance the preacher and his followers were giving out bibles in front of an Islamic center during Ramadan. They were arrested for loitering and disturbing a place of business.
I wonder how christians would react if Islamic people would hand out the Qua ran in front of a church during Xmas?
Also, the second person was on private property and was asked to leave. The refused and they were arrested for trespassing.
Jon Stewart also missed a chance to get after the comments about how "christians are under attack" where "religious speech" is separated from "regular speech", which I find to be completely lacking in any sense. I have yet to hear, even on FOX, that this is true. I also see on a daily basis, people in the news speaking in such a manner leading me to believe that David Barton is making shit up as he goes along.
Shame on Stewart for not attacking this subject.
I'm disappointed in the interview. Here is the video for your review. There are three parts to the entire interview.
On a side note, the only thing about the interview which I agree with is around the 3:00 mark of the 3rd segment. Stewart brings forward the point that employers should not be allowed to force their views on to employees when it comes to medical or health care requirements, such as the case with contraception, birth control or abortion.
"The God of Abraham is a vague, illiterate and ignorant creation of man. It belongs among those stories of easter bunnies, santa claus, fairies and unicorns."