Some Christians have dubbed comedy show "Saturday Night Live" as "Satanic Night Live" and say the writers of the long-running sketch show have revealed their biases by spoofing a recently released Christian movie (video below.)
The SNL skit was designed to poke fun at "God's Not Dead 2," a Christian drama about a teacher, played by Melissa Joan Hart, whose career is threatened when she answers a student's question about Jesus in her classroom. The SNL spoof references several current or recent legal dramas involving Christian bakers, wedding venue owners and others who have made national headlines by refusing to serve gay customers.
In response to "God's Not Dead 2," SNL created a trailer for a fake film called "God Is A Boob Man."
"Beth was a small-town baker without a care," a narrator says over a sweeping shot of what looks like a typical Midwestern downtown. "...until her faith was tested."
The character's perfect Christian life is interrupted when a man enters her bakery and asks for a wedding cake.
"Where's the lucky bride?" Beth, played by SNL's Vanessa Bayer, asks.
"He's right here," the man says, as his boyfriend embraces him and the music turns ominous. "Now make the cake!"
"They wanted her to spit in the face of God," the voiceover continues, promising the audience "a story of liberal elites run wild."
When the protagonist says she can't make the cake, the gay man responds by yelling, "You'll be hearing from our Jewish lawyer!"
The next few minutes of the "trailer" spoof typical Hollywood courtroom dramas, complete with a revelatory moment when Beth, the protagonist, declares the "God is as straight as they come! God is a boob man!" and the entire court gallery erupts in wild applause.
Among the offended was singer Pat Boone, who called the sketch "outright sacrilege." Boone plays a lead role in the movie.
“They know if they did this to Muslims they’d have to be put into the witness protection program,” Boone told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s nothing sacred at ‘SNL’ -- except maybe the words ‘Muhammad’ or “Allah.’ They’d never take those names in vain, but when they called God a ‘boob man,’ they took his name in vain.”
The Glenn Beck-owned news site TheBlaze called the skit a "sacrilegious spoof," while a headline on the Media Research Center's CNS News reads, "NBC and 'Saturday Night Live' Mock Christians."