Saturday Night Live affirms God is a Boob Man in a movie parody of God’s Not Dead 2. Vanessa Bayer stars as Beth, a baker who refuses to make a wedding cake for a gay couple (Taran Killam and Jon Rudnitsky). The men are portrayed as insufferable bullies determined to force Christians to comprise their beliefs.
“Christians are the most oppressed group in this country,” Beth tells her skeptical black friend (Sasheer Zamata).
Beth enlists the aid of her Governor, who helps despite having more pressing concerns such as ranking third in teen pregnancy, second in obesity and first as the poorest state in the country, all references to Mississippi.
Miss. Governor Phil Bryant recently signed into law House Bill 1523 dubiously dubbed “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.” The law allows businesses to deny service based on religious beliefs enumerated:
(a) Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman;
(b) Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; and
(c) Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.
Bryant insists that the average church-going Mississippian supports the law and most of the anger is coming from out-of-state. However, the law has been denounced by some of the state’s biggest employers including MGM Resorts, Nissan, Tyson Foods and Toyota.
“MGM Resorts does not support the “Freedom of Conscience” bill,” reads a company statement. “We respect the diversity of our employees, guests and people in our communities. Laws that permit businesses to decline to provide services to individuals because of this diversity result in decreased tourism and hurt the local economy.”