WATCH: Colbert Calls Out GOP's Anti-Christian Hypocrisy on Refugees
The recent attacks in Paris have been met with a depressingly predictable backlash of ramped-up fear and nativism by the GOP (and, it should be noted, several democrats.) Calls to halt Syrian refugees because some "could be ISIS (sic)" have led major GOP candidates like Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush to insist that "Christians only" should be permitted to enter the Land of the Free™. At stake right now is a new bill passed by congress, H.R. 4030, that would require top intelligence officials to personally certify incoming refugees—thankfully a religion litmus test remains in the realm of (almost certainly unconstitutional) fiction.
"It's called The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act," Colbert said, "Or 'ASAFEA'. Because under the law, no one with a name like that will be allowed into the country." Colbert then played a clip of President Obama browbeating anti-refugee pols for being scared of "women and orphans".
While noting this was a bit of strawman (after all, opponents are ostensibly scared of "military-aged men", not children) Colbert did point out what they're really scared of is Muslims.
"As the plaque on the Statue of Liberty reads: Give us your tired, your poor, mostly Christians, and maybe a couple of Indian guys with engineering degrees," Colbert said in a joke was that was all too real.
Watch the clip below: