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Jimmy Kimmel slams persecuted Colorado baker: His ‘whole life is gay’

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August 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – It would be difficult to find a place more lacking in diversity of worldview than the universe of late-night television. On nearly every single issue, the hosts march shoulder to shoulder in lock-step with one another: Bill Maher, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver—the list goes on. Each and every one of these hosts is a bona fide member of the liberal cabal fighting against Trump called The Resistance. Fallon was even badgered into apologizing for not being hard enough on Donald Trump during an interview during the election. Not a single one of them is conservative, or even Republican.

And consider a few of the other major issues. Every single one of these hosts agrees on gay “marriage,” delivering contempt disguised as comedy at anyone who disagreed throughout the decade-long debate preceding the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision. On abortion, any discomfort they might feel is not enough to inhibit their unanimous support for Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest abortion provider. Stephen Colbert likes to trumpet his Catholic credentials, but he is well aware that if he said anything even mildly disapproving of abortion, he’d bring down the full wrath of his fellow hosts on his own head for stepping off the reservation. (That said, there’s no indication that Colbert actually is pro-life.)

In fact, the late-night hosts, while almost entirely irreligious (Colbert excepted) actually form up a team of progressive televangelists. They relentlessly mock those who do not believe what they believe, express comedic disbelief at the rubes and morons who do not vote the same way they do, and do everything in their power to discredit those they disagree with. With a few rare exceptions and a day or two of reckoning after Hillary’s election night loss, their guns are always pointed in one direction. HBO’s John Oliver, for example, would never choose to investigate the Planned Parenthood scandals a bit further—he’d only produce a puff piece attempting to exonerate them for their crimes, replete with faux disbelief that anyone could think differently. 

Even Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who won his case at the Supreme Court of the United States scarcely two months ago, has attracted the ire of the progressive funny-men. Jimmy Kimmel, who received the title “the moral conscience of America” from his friends for plugging for universal healthcare, decided to go after Phillips last week when the baker landed in court again, after an attorney relentlessly harassed Phillips with requests and finally got the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to agree that Phillips’ refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition was a violation of civil rights. The LGBT movement, it turns out, has no intention of letting Phillips live in peace.

But Kimmel apparently thinks the whole thing is hilarious. “It’s funny because this is a guy who spends all day, every day, meticulously designing flowers out of icing,” he said to his cackling audience. “His whole life is gay, okay? I don’t know if the wrong cake might bring that to life or what.” Even more than that, in Kimmel’s opinion Phillips apparently looks gay, too—he referred to the baker several times sarcastically as “the totally straight cake baker” and then stated that, “You would think that someone who looks like the Reba McEntire version of Colonel Sanders would be more sympathetic to gender identity issues.” 

Actually, you’d think that a comedian would respect the right of someone not to voice a point of view he disagrees with through the art he creates, but that is apparently too much to ask. And of course, Kimmel didn’t mention that the request for a “gender transition” cake was only the final request in a long string of demands placed on Phillips by the attorney and others who wanted to drag him back into court. In September, for example, Phillips was asked to design a birthday cake that showed Satan smoking weed. Following that, someone emailed him asking that he bake a cake with an “upside-down cross, under the head of Lucifer.” He was then asked to bake a three-tiered white cake with Satan engaged in a sex act perched on the top. Another request came in for a cake with a pentagram on it.

Hilarious, right? A Christian baker who just won the right to return to his business and live in peace is the target of harassment by an attorney and a handful of others who request demonic and obscene artwork on their orders simply to harass and upset Phillips. But if Kimmel had mentioned any of those facts in his little monologue where he insinuated that Phillips is a closeted gay man, he might have accomplished something he wanted to avoid—creating sympathy for Phillips. After all, Kimmel has compared bakers declining to use their creative skills to produce celebratory cakes for gay weddings to refusing to serve Jews, so he could not possibly present information that illustrates clearly that it is Phillips being persecuted here. 

This little incident also highlights the double-standard that exists for the televangelists and funny-men who mock the enemies of the Left. Can you imagine what would happen to a right-wing TV host if he insinuated someone was gay simply because he disagreed with that person? The wrath of the late-night clones would descend immediately, and they might even transform their shows into public confessionals where the offending party could show up and grovel and apologize if he or she so chose. Because that is the irony of the progressive Left: They claim to love diversity, but what they mean is that they want people who look different to think the same. If someone like Jack Phillips turns up, however, then everything changes. He must be mocked and crushed, because he thinks differently. In the meantime, however, we could all have a sanitized and progressive-approved laugh at his predicament. 

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Jonathon van Maren

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.