Prime Minister Scott Morrison called ABC & # 39; numpties & # 39; after a comedy show mocked his Christian faith.
In a skit made on the ABC & # 39; s Tonightly with Tom Ballard show on Monday, comedians Bridie Connell and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd attempted to connect the nation's refugee policy with Morrison's religious beliefs.
"ABC can be numpties from time to time, but my faith teaches me to love myself and turn the other cheek," Morrison told the Daily Telegraph.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has called the ABC & # 39; numpties & # 39; after that was the subject of a sketch tonight that pointed to his faith
"I am the prime minister and I work for all Australians every day, I am on their side, I try to unite the Australians, not to create differences and separate them."
Mr. Morrison denied having seen the ABC segment.
The musical play, performed by the couple who called themselves "Ministers of the Shadow", featured lyrics such as: "ScoMo is under the spell of Jesus' charm and children are under surveillance to self-harm & # 39;
Other letters included: & # 39; We love Jesus, Jesus, but we are not refugees & # 39; and we do what Jesus likes, we deny them all visas & # 39;
The Rev. Dr. Michael Jensen of the Anglican Church of San Marcos said that the parody was a "cheap shot" and that it would not have happened if the prime minister was outside the Muslim faith.
Hillsong church pastor Brian Houston said it was a double standard, since ABC is allowed to make fun of a white Christian man, but minority groups are not white.
The comedy was performed by comedians Bridie Connell and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd (pictured) who pointed to the Christian faith of the new prime minister and compared it to the nation's refugee policy.
"The vast majority of Australians would find it unacceptable to ridicule someone for their faith, but unfortunately in some sections of the media, it is increasingly common to denigrate people who unashamedly declare their Christian beliefs," he said.
Mr. Morrison is the first Pentecostal Prime Minister of Australia and pledged in December of last year to fight against discrimination and mockery of religious groups.
In his inaugural address, he said: "My personal faith in Jesus Christ is not a political agenda."
However, some have been quick to use it against them.
Many on social media rushed to defend the new prime minister, who is less than a week away from his term.
In a response from Facebook to the Tonightly act, one wrote: This is abominable editorial garbage. Completely disrespecting the opinions of many Australians and the faith. "
A user of social networks questioned whether the program would go in the same direction if the target was a Muslim
"This is abominable editorial garbage," said a viewer on the controversial sketch
Some defended the sketch, saying that it was taking a problem with politics, unlike religion
"Would they do this if they were Muslim?" another asked
Tonight, presenter Tom Ballard tweeted Thursday that he was not happy with the Daily Telegraph reports.
"For all the people who say, 'I bet you would not have the guts to make jokes about a MUSLIM,' you should know I'm joking about Barack Obama all the time," he tweeted.
This night was canceled after two seasons, with its final show scheduled for September 7.
Tonight, presenter Tom Ballard tweeted Thursday that he was not happy with the Daily Telegraph reports (pictured)
Ballard responded to social media criticism that he would not joke about Muslims in a tweet (pictured)
Tonight with Tom Ballard (pictured) was canceled after two seasons, with his final show scheduled for September 7