Jon Stewart's Latest Ground Zero Mosque Defense Lapses Into Anti-Catholic Jokes

Daily Show host Jon Stewart has again come to the defense of the Ground Zero mosque-builders, complete with a graphic suggesting the opponents are conducting a “Mosque-erade.” Stewart brought in “senior religion correspondent” John Oliver, and predictably, they launched back into Catholic pedophile humor, as if it were fresh and original and so, well, 2002:

STEWART: Why should religious groups have to bend to people’s worst suspicions about them?

JOHN OLIVER: Because, Jon,  there’s a difference between what you can do and what you should do. For instance, you can build a Catholic church next to a playground. Should you? Should you do that, Jon? Should you do that? [Whoops, laughter and applause.]

STEWART (under the noise): I don’t see a problem with it.

OLIVER: Well, I’m just posing the question. Or am I alone in thinking it’s a little too soon for that?

They clearly loved that joke. It was repeated on their own Internet video clips to invite you to watch. (Is it any wonder atheists like Richard Dawkins revel in how "Jon Stewart's Crusade Against The Catholic Church Rolls On"?)

From there, Oliver joked that Jews shouldn’t wear their yarmulkes on Good Friday. There should be just one day they don’t wear their “murder caps.” Stewart then responded by saying Oliver’s British accent was inappropriate so soon after the Boston Massacre, which led Oliver to launch a pile of taunts of “Go f— yourself!”

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis