For the second day in a row, NBC’s Jay Leno—who frequently tars all priests with the pedophile brush—took a shot at the Catholic clergy. In his opening monologue on June 21 airing of “The Tonight Show,” Leno joked: “In Austin, Texas, a 61-year-old priest has been arrested after he left rehab. This priest leaves rehab, gets drunk and drives his car into a restaurant. So much for the Vatican’s Ten Commandments of safe driving. Imagine that, a priest driving drunk into a restaurant. Thank God it was not a Chuck E. Cheese. Oh my God.”
Just like they did the night before, the audience groaned at Leno’s clichéd and bigoted stereotyping. It clearly isn’t the laughter of his fans that is driving his relentless jabs at the Catholic clergy. So what is it, Mr. Leno?