‘Would they do this if he was Muslim?’

Caption: The face you make when the Australian taxpayer is forced to pay for the privilege of being sneered at.

As Mark Steyn recently observed, comedians these days aren?t, as a rule, that much into doing actual comedy. What they really like is shouting jejune left-wing talking points at a (diminishing) audience consisting entirely of people who already know what they?re going to say, and wholeheartedly agree. The giveaway, Steyn says, is that comedy audiences don?t laugh much any more: they applaud. A laugh is a gut reaction. Applause, on the other hand, is a polite acknowledgement of agreement.

If there?s one thing this collective of nodding muppets agree on more than anything, it?s that religion must be mocked and derided at every turn.

Just so long as it?s Christianity. Quote:

The ABC has been slammed after its comedy show Tonightly with Tom Ballard targeted new Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Christian faith. End of quote.

The government-owned ABC is the natural home of otherwise unemployable hacks. Entire ?comedy? careers have lived and died within the taxpayer-funded sanctuary of the ABC, where no-one is ever subjected to the tyranny of a paying audience. But Tom Ballard?s tiresome brand of juvenile badinage proved unable to rise up to even the ABC?s low bar. Tonightly has been axed after just two seasons. Quote:

The skit, performed on Monday night by comedians Bridie Connell and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd, tried to connect the nation’s refugee policy to Mr Morrison’s religious beliefs.

A song by the duo, who dubbed themselves the ‘Shadow Ministers’, featured lyrics such as: ‘ScoMo is under the spell of Jesus’ charm, and kids are under safety watch for self-harm.’

Other controversial lyrics included: ‘We love Jesus, Jesus, but not refugee-us’ and ‘to do what pleases Jesus, deny them all visas.’ End of quote.

Even more tiresome than the left?s hackneyed jeering is that, having made plain their contempt for Christianity, they then try and shackle their meagre understanding?of Christian doctrine to their bog-standard lefty dogmas. One that they particularly don?t understand is the injunction to render unto Caesar.

As Morrison himself has said, ?The Bible is not a policy handbook, and I get very worried when people try to treat it like one?. Quote:

Mr Morrison is Australia’s first Pentecostal Prime Minister, and vowed in December last year to fight back against discrimination and mockery of religious groups.

In his maiden speech, he said: ‘My personal faith in Jesus Christ is not a political agenda.’ End of quote.

Nevertheless, just as much as Morrison, like Tony Abbott, may insist that his religious faith is separate from his political agenda, the left insist that they know better.

Conspicuously, though, the same crowd of lowbrow finger-pointers can?t find it in themselves to mock the non-Christian religion of certain other politicians. Quote:

On a Facebook response to the Tonightly act, one wrote: ‘This is abhorrent editorial garbage. Completely disrespecting the views of many Australians and faith.’

‘Would they do this if he was a Muslim?’ another asked.

Their sentiment was seconded by Peter Kurti from the Centre for independent Studies.

‘The show would probably not mock the ?religious beliefs of Ed Husic, Islam, or Josh Frydenberg, Judaism,’ he said, the Daily Telegraph reported. End of quote.

It?s not as if their refrain from mocking Islam stems from any high-minded ideals, either: their main motivation is rank cowardice. Guardian cartoonist, Andrew ?First Dog on the Moon? Marlton confessed that he was too afraid to lampoon Muslims as he does Christians. Lending a new meaning to ?yellow journalism?, Marlton mumbled that, ?I don?t get to put my family and my coworkers at risk of being firebombed?. This, from someone who routinely derides ordinary Australians as ?bigots? for expressing concern about Islamic terrorism.

What?s worse is that these spineless groupthinkers somehow imagine that their unimaginative preaching to the converted is somehow ?edgy?. Quote:

Tonightly deliberately pushed boundaries to inform and entertain,’ an ABC spokesperson said. End of quote.

Au contraire, it neither informed (unless being bombarded with expletives counts as informative) nor entertained (a sentiment apparently shared by ABC management, who had little hesitation in axing it).

The only boundaries it pushed were those of good taste, although granted, it Tonightly had been set quite a challenge, after The Hamster Wheel notoriously depicted journalist Chris Kenny as, in their own words, a ?dog fucker?.

And remember: Australian taxpayers are paying for this stuff.