Stephen Colbert got help analyzing Donald Trump's latest presidential decree from the inventor of the executive order: God.
"I'm not a big fan of executive orders. They don't work!" the Zeus-like animation said to Colbert on Friday's "Late Show." "I tried 10 of them once, and everybody's still coveting their neighbor's wife and taking my name in vain."
Thursday morning, Trump signed an executive order stating that the federal government should not take action against any "individual, house or worship or other religious organization" that speaks about politics from a moral perspective. If passed, the order would weaken the Johnson Amendment, which currently allows the IRS to investigate churches and remove their tax-exempt status if the IRS discovers they engage in politics.
This would make it easier for churches to support local candidates, meaning the whole "separation of church and state" thing could become obsolete.
But in a speech during Thursday's National Day of Prayer event, Trump said the order would "protect religious liberty."
"We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore," Trump said.
Then Colbert, in his best Trump voice, added, "'Unless you're a Muslim. Then Steve Bannon's giving you a swirly.'"
As a churchgoer himself, Colbert said his biggest concern with the decree is not that religion would start to affect politics, it's that politics would start to affect religion.
"Here's the thing," Colbert said. "I'm afraid [the executive order] is gonna get politics all over my religion. We don't want our churches to end up like Congress with all the Democrats sitting on one side of the pews, and all the Republicans sitting on the other. Somebody's gonna filibuster the Our Father."