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Colbert to Grads: English Is God’s Language

Posted on Jun 5, 2006
Stephen Colbert delivers a commencement address

Stephen Colbert delivers the 2006 commencement address at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

As the commencement speaker for a small Illinois college, satirist Stephen Colbert told the graduates, ?God wrote [the Bible] in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools.?

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    At the close of his commencement speech before 250 graduates (and 4000 others) at tiny Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. on Saturday, satirist Stephen Colbert left them with a piece of advice: Get your own TV show. ?It pays well,” he observed, “the hours are great and you have fans. Eventually, some nice people will give you an honorary degree for doing jack squat.?

    This advice could be crucial, for earlier he had observed: “I don’t know if they’ve told you what’s been happening in the world while you’ve been matriculating. The world is waiting for you people with a club….They are playing for KEEPS out there, folks.”

    Colbert, who slipped in and out of his rightwing blowhard TV persona on Comedy Central?s ?The Colbert Report,? received an overwhelmingly positive response compared with the mixed reaction at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner. Afterward, students presented him with a purple ?Veritasiness Tour? t-shirt (which translates, very roughly, as ?truthiness?).


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    By Janet Hanks, June 7, 2006 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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    He’s the bravest!!!

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    By lexie, June 6, 2006 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment
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    his speech was amazing in person. He was just brilliant. I was so proud to have him at Knox.

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    By thomas bregman, June 5, 2006 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment
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    Lousy rotten liberal bastards.  English IS the language of the bible.  Didn’t anybody see Charleton Heston playing Moses (the father of Jesus)?  Look it up man!!!  Long live Sir Stephen.  AMEN.

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    By Richard, June 5, 2006 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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    The reason for the success of “The Colbert Report” is that liberals know he’s kidding and conservatives don’t. Diabolical!

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    By ruben, June 5, 2006 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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    Konja Sam, I guess you don’t know much about Stephen Colbert. After seeing his interview on 60 mins i definitely knew he was joking.

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    By Cheap Laugh, June 5, 2006 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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    Colbert is a satirist. He was lampooning that viewpoint. For more Satire, may I point you to
    “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathon Swift, wherein, he suggests the eating of Irish infants.

    Much of the writings of Mark Twain, other than Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and the War Prayer. May i suggest: His letters and speeches.

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    By dayna Willard, June 5, 2006 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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    The best thing is he makes me laugh!  In todays world not too many things make me laugh, so Thank God for Colbert !

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    By E in MD, June 5, 2006 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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    To Konja Sam -

    He’s a commedian dude… he’s kidding… that’s what commedians do.

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    By dao, June 5, 2006 at 9:32 am Link to this comment
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    Konja Sam, way to miss the point.

    It’s called satire. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

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    By Konja Sam, June 5, 2006 at 7:22 am Link to this comment
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    Your kidding right ? I mean, we all know that God didn’t invent ENGLISH !!!. If the school teaches that you should stop giving out those degrees! And if Mr. Colbert can’t stop believing that, he needs to step away from the mic.

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    By Glen Camomile, June 5, 2006 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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    Stephen Colbert is the court jester of the people’s court and is doing a wonderful job.  He answers the call for the liberal response to the screamers on Fox News.  Those people might not like him but they can’t silence him without silencing themselves.  His courage is astonishing.  I think I’m in love.

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