Although Gaffigan is a Catholic and considered a Christian, at least by his Catholic priest in New York City, where he lives, he did not seem to know why hospitals are named after Mr. Sinai or for Jesus’ apostles.
Instead, he made fun of the names during his "Noble Ape" standup special:
“My wife had the surgery at a hospital named Mt. Sinai. I’ve noticed that a lot of hospitals are either named after (Christian) saints or ancient places in Israel, which is not that reassuring, when you think about it. It’s like, ‘Hi, welcome to our hospital, we’re all about science, which is why our building is named after the place where God talked to Moses as a burning bush. Over hear’s our Casper the Ghost wing, next to our astrology center. Do you like UFOs? We love those. We’re all about science.”
It’s hard to believe that Gaffigan could be that devoid of understanding Christian and Jewish history that he would not know why hospitals are named for early Christians and Jewish sites. They are so named because Christians and Jews have ethics that believe in healing the body because that’s what Jesus did. Jesus healed people and so medicine should be used to provide comfort, relief for suffering and healing for diseases where possible.
At the same time, Gaffigan seems to have enough of a grasp of politics that he admits to voting for Hillary Clinton instead of Pres. Trump, who since his inauguration has taken many public stands in favor of the Judeo Christian ethic, such as defending life, and supporting measures that believe in the sanctity of life, like many Catholics do.
Why is it that Catholic comedians like Gaffigan, Steven Robert and Jimmy Kimmel, are so opposed to Trump, and yet have trouble publicly understanding or defending Christian principles. Jim Gaffigan has trouble defending Christianity in his monologue; he did not know why hospitals are named for Biblical sites, like Mt. Sinai, or for Jesus Apostles.
Since he voted for Hillary Clinton, he also feels the need to apologize for being white, since Pres. Donald Trump is also white. It’s not unusual for a Catholic like Gaffigan, since other comedians are Catholic and have trouble defending Judeo Christian ideals when it counts.
Look at high profile comedians like Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and Stephen Robert on CBS. Both are Catholics and are highly critical of Pres. Trump, even when he defends Catholic positions like the sanctity of life and other positions that are attractive to Christians.
Gaffigan has also joined Robert on his show and made fun of Trump, instead of defending him and the Christian positions that he has stood for.
Gaffigan defends not voting for Trump, and even admits that he didn’t, as though it’s something that helps him to explain himself to the world, as someone who evidently can’t think too deeply about issues. Or maybe he would get so much pressure where he lives and from his friends that it would simply be too much for him to defend voting for someone who is more reasonable than Hillary Clinton, who does not defend Christian values, like the sanctity of life.
Here he is segueing from not caring about fashion to assuming that people voted for Trump because of their nationality, the color of their skin, or their racial makeup:
“I walked around New York City the week after the election, they were thinking, “You did it. You did it. (meaning you voted for Trump).” “I didn’t do it. But then after a couple of days, I was like, ‘Did I do it?”
“I know people are scared about Trump being president, but I can tell you, as a straight white male, I’ll be okay.”
“My wife hates that joke. And I love her, but not enough to get rid of that joke.”
What is Gaffigan saying? He’s saying people who are white voted for Trump, because people of other races could not possibly be interested in voting for Pres. Trump.
He’s saying that since he is a white male, living in New York City, he would be more likely to vote for Trump than someone of another race or skin color, which is patently racist.
What he is saying is that people should vote according to the color or their skin, not the policies or stances that a candidate has. Even after what Trump has accomplished, for people of all races, Gaffigan should support Trump instead of acting like he only cares about white males because he is a white male.
Why does Gaffigan say something like this? Because it’s easier to make inaccurate assumptions and statements about someone like Trump instead of telling the truth.
But isn’t that what comedians are supposed to do? Aren’t they supposed to base their comedy on the truth? Yes, but for someone like Gaffigan, who is friends with Stephen Colbert, it’s just easier, so he can get along with other liberal comedians.
Since Gaffigan is Catholic, it must give him some freedom, in whether he has any responsibility as a Christian, since they are not considered saints as they are in evangelical denominations.
In the Baptist church and other churches, everyone who is a Christian is considered a saint. For Catholics, sone must perform some kind of special services, or even a miracle to be considers a saint.
“They don’t get to choose what they’re the patron saint of,” he says.
But in reality, there are no patron saints in that any one saint has no corner on God or on any particular part of prayer. Each saint can pray for anyone, for any reason, about anything. The point is that God has no patronage, and no one saint or Christian has any advantage in prayer or service over anyone else, but for their spiritual gifts given to them.
The Catholic patronage system is simply a corruption of how God operates in heaven and on earth and has no real relation to how the Holy Spirit, Jesus, or God operates.
But for Gaffigan, it’s fine, because he does not really take his Catholicism or belief in God seriously. If he did, he would surely use his position and popularity more seriously by talking about how Catholic priests need to stop abusing children who are typically the same age as his own children.
Gaffigan is also confused about the history of the revolutionary war, which was a revolution in favor of self governance and rule.
He says of Patrick Henry, “When I said give me liberty of give me death, I didn’t mean actual death.”
But he did meant actual death, in that the British were actually killing colonists, Bostonians. And the signers of the Declaration of Independence did pledge their lives and their fortunes for the cause of independence. It’s a far cry from this comedians understanding of American history. But then again, he is a liberal comedian.
Although Gaffigan would like to downplay it, he was in Philadelphia opening for the Pope because he is Catholic. He didn’t just show up there like a random comic hoping to gain some Internet traction.
It seems that Gaffigan may be asked for forgiveness from the Catholic faithful, for making light of such a serious event such as a visit from the Pope to Philadelphia. Perhaps he should ask for forgiveness from the city of brotherly, or patronly love, Philadelphia.
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