- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stephen Colbert has made it clear that when he takes over “The Late Show” from David Letterman next year, it will be himself, not “Stephen Colbert,” sitting behind the desk.

In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Colbert, 49, said he would not use his satirical character from Comedy Central in his new job.

The real Stephen Colbert comes from a strong Catholic faith. Just how much his religion will play a part of his hosting gig remains to be seen, but Mr. Colbert has spoken openly about how Catholicism has shaped his life.


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Mr. Colbert told the New York newspaper in 2012 that his mother “taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he gave us.”

In a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, Mr. Colbert acknowledged that he wasn’t sure how good he was at putting his faith into practice, but his mother was a shining example.

“From a doctrinal point of view or a dogmatic point of view or a strictly Catholic adherent point of view, I’m first to say that I talk a good game, but I don’t know how good I am about it in practice,” he told the magazine. “I saw how my mother’s faith was very valuable to her and valuable to my brothers and sisters, and I’m moved by the words of Christ, and I’ll leave it at that.”

THE OFFICIAL GOOD BOOK

Louisiana doesn’t have an official state book, but that honor could end up with the Bible if government leaders have anything to say about it.

A bill offered by state Rep. Thomas G. Carmody Jr., a Republican, has reached the Louisiana House of Representatives less than two months after he proposed that the “Holy Bible be the official state book.”

The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs approved the bill Tuesday with minimal amendments. Floor debate is set for Monday.

Mr. Carmody submitted the bill on behalf of a resident, The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., reported. He said naming the Bible as the official state book was not the same as establishing a state religion. Some of his fellow representatives voiced concern about blurring the line between church and state. Others suggested adding all books of faith to the bill.

The Advocate reported that Mr. Carmody said he thought the Bible was an “appropriate symbol.”

Louisiana could have more than one state book; after all, it has more than one official state jelly.

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