Conservative activist and musician Pat Boone is positively outraged by a recent Saturday Night Live skit called “God is a Boob Man” that poked fun of the Religious Right’s persecution complex with a fake trailer for a “God’s Not Dead”-style movie.
Boone, apparently unfamiliar with the concept of parody, was outraged that the skit didn’t accurately represent movies like “God’s Not Dead” or “God’s Not Dead 2.” “It’s made up,” Boone told the far-right site WorldNetDaily, “and criticizing us for something we didn’t do.”
Indeed, Boone said that the SNL skit is part of a larger “evil” and “violent” agenda to attack America, the Bible and God, and that those behind it will be sent to hell.
“God is not thin-skinned. But he does demand reverence. If you have any brains at all you don’t pitch yourself against someone who created all things, the God of the Bible,” he said. “They don’t have to apologize to Christians [but] when you come against God and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same, you are bringing upon yourself eternal condemnation.”
Boone told the Hollywood Reporter that the SNL crew was “taking Satan’s side” and that “believers in God deserve an apology” for the “outright sacrilege.”
In an interview with WorldNetDaily, “God’s Not Dead 2” producer Michael Scott also criticized SNL for not portraying his movie accurately, again not seeming to understand how satire works.
Boone, in an interview, told WND, “The parody is a parody of a movie that doesn’t exist. The movie that we made has nothing whatsoever to do with homosexuality … there’s not a reference to anyone Jewish. [There’s] nothing whatsoever in the parody that relates to the film itself.”
“It’s made-up … and criticizing us for something we didn’t do.”
He suggested perhaps homosexuals should be offended, since they are “portrayed as more bigoted than the Christians. For them to be portrayed as demanding that God be declared gay is so over the top. I don’t think any responsible member of the homosexual community would want to identify with that.”
The attack on the film is part of an agenda, he noted.
“It’s because the battle between good and evil is heating up. All you have to do is look at the enemies of America and democracy and Christianity, and for that matter Judaism. The enemies have become increasingly violent and depraved, very much outspoken in their ridicule,” he told WND. “The anti-Bible people are more virulent, violent.”
He said, “God is not thin-skinned. But he does demand reverence. If you have any brains at all you don’t pitch yourself against someone who created all things, the God of the Bible.”
He added, “They don’t have to apologize to Christians [but] when you come against God and the Holy Spirit who are one and the same, you are bringing upon yourself eternal condemnation. … I shudder when I think about what [will happen] when they continue in this mindset. You can disparage deity, you can debunk divinity, and libel God, but when he says the only reason we exist is to fear him, to reverence him…
“For those who dissent and disagree and reject God there is a place already prepared – for the devil, his angels and those who side with him,” he said.
“God’s Not Dead 2” producer Michael Scott and Rice Broocks, who authored the book on which the first movie was based, both told WND they recognize humor, they recognize parody, but this went way beyond, distorting and twisting the message the movie portrays.
Scott told WND in an interview criticisms such as the “SNL” skit can “push things too far” and “cause divisions.”