Christians around the nation are threatening to boycott the advertisers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart unless the Comedy Central host apologizes for desecrating the Nativity during Monday night’s show.
Stewart showed a graphic image of the Nativity in front of a naked woman’s vagina to mock Fox News for allegedly ignoring the “war on women.”
“Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vagina mangers,” Stewart said.
The controversy was first reported by the Media Research Center — who said Stewart had gratuitously offended millions of Christians, “not to mention non-religious folks with any shred of common decency.”
“It’s astonishing how the Christian faith is under attack in a way that has never happened in the entire history of our nation,” said Dan Gainor, the MRC’s vice president for business and culture. “Now we’re watching anyone who is a person of faith getting abused.”
A spokesperson for Comedy Central did not return calls seeking comment.
Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League demanded a swift apology from Stewart – or else he would call for a national boycott.
“He just offended about 85 percent of the American population,” Donohue told Fox News. “What Jon Stewart did will go down in history as one of the most vile attacks on Christianity.”
“This unprecedented vulgar assault on Christians cannot stand,” he said. “If Jon Stewart doesn’t apologize, we will mount a boycott of his show’s advertisers. And we will enlist our allies in the Protestant, Jewish, Mormon and Muslim communities.”
Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, told Fox News that Stewart actually validated the very idea that he was protesting.
“There really is a war on Christianity,” Jeffress said. “I doubt that he would ever use a sacred image from Islam in such a fashion. But he somehow feels absolutely free to desecrate a symbol that is very sacred to many Christians around the world.”
The fact that Stewart has not gone after Muslims is striking, said Donohue.
“They’re not going to touch the Muslims and that’s out of fear,” he said.
Jeffress agreed that Christians should protest.
“Jon Stewart is actually part of an elite media group that is singling out Christianity for abuse and humiliation,” he said. “The good news is that what he did isn’t going to set the Christian faith back in any sense at all.”