A pair of internet prankers have posted a video online purporting to show several supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump being tricked into backing a ban of the Bible in schools.
Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler have made a name for themselves online as The Good Liars, a comedy duo known for pulling off high-stakes pranks on public figures.
In the past the pair have successfully lampooned everyone from Senator Ted Cruz to even Trump, himself, in person.
For one of their latest videos, The Good Liars decided to poke fun at the current spate of books being removed from school libraries across America. For instance, several books by noted Black authors have been banned and pulled from library shelves over fears from the Republican party over critical race theory (CRT).
A Tennessee school board opted to ban Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, which depicts the experience of Polish jews who survived the Holocaust, over concerns about profanity and an image of female nudity.
Controversial Global Vision Bible Church pastor Greg Locke is also planning a “massive burning” of Harry Potter and Twilight books over their ties to the occult.
Eager to poke fun at what is a topical issue, the pair decided to speak to several Trump supporters in Texas about what they saw as another controversial text.
The video has been viewed over 3.3 million times on TikTok and Twitter.
A caption accompanying the version of the video posted to Twitter reads: “There’s a lot of talk about banning books in schools, but we were surprised these Republicans wanted to ban the Bible.”
The video begins with Selvig speaking to a blonde woman and a man wearing a red MAGA cap. “There’s a book we’ve seen that’s in libraries in lots of schools that features a story of two daughters having sex with their dad,” Selvig explains.
“Oh wow,” the woman replies. The clip then cuts to Steifler explaining the story in more detail to two women. “They get their dad drunk to have sex with him,” he says. “And this is, like, a book.”
“Oh my god,” one of the women, who appears visibly shocked on the clip, responds. The footage cuts back to Selvig who asks the woman and the man in the MAGA hat: “Should a book like that be in a school?”
Both the man and the woman say “no” repeatedly.
“Just get that out of the school?” Selvig asks. “Absolutely,” the woman replies. “Why do kids need to read that?” asks the MAGA hat man.
The clip then flips back to Stiefler who explains to the two women that “that book is actually the Bible” to which the one woman visible on screen responds, dismissively, “oh no, no, no” before laughing.
The story referenced by The Good Liars does, indeed, come from the Bible and can be found in Genesis 19:30-38. It centers on Lot and his two daughters who live in a cave together.
According to the Bible, one day the older sister decided as “there is no man around here to give us children” she would have one with her now elderly father. Lot eventually fathers two sons, Moab and Ben-Ammi, with his two daughters.
Selvig and Stiefler told Newsweek: “We saw stories of books being banned in public schools as a result of cherry picking certain passages that could be deemed offensive. The Bible has some pretty messed up stuff in it.
“We wondered what conservatives would say if they heard stories without the context of the rest of the book. Would they want the Bible banned from school libraries?”
“Something similar is happening in Texas and Arizona where parents have asked to remove books from libraries because of certain passages that were taken out of context,” they added.
“In the same way, the Bible is not a book about daughters getting their fathers drunk and having sex with them. The context matters.”
Selvig and Stiefler said the two women quizzed in part of the clip were born again Christians who claimed to be “extremely familiar with the Bible.” They say the two women insisted the story is “100 percent not in the Bible at all,” despite evidence to the contrary.
“It feels like there is a lot of denial and a double standard happening with these discussions of book banning,” the pranksters surmised.
Commenting on The Good Liars’ video on TikTok, many were quick to ridicule the responses of those featured in the clip. Thesongthatjenlikes commented: “It’s amazing they don’t read the bible!!!” with Grace Reiter writing: “they preach about a book they haven’t even read.”
Dylan.ibe.music said: “they believe a story they’ve seemingly never heard, and then when it’s revealed it’s a book they know, they deny it” while whooooissssit commented: “Imagine centering your entire lifetime on Earth around a book you will never read?”
Yashira Lopez 533 added: “I really hate this, people who think that the Bible is full of beautiful stories only, no one talks about the other side of it.”