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Ricky Gervais a bad ambassador for atheists?

There are 2 comments on the The Jewish Journal story from Jan 23, 2011, titled Ricky Gervais a bad ambassador for atheists?. In it, The Jewish Journal reports that:

I think anyone who watched the Golden Globes last Sunday formed a pretty firm opinion of host Ricky Gervais, who got into a bit of trouble for a reference he made to famous gay Scientologists.

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#1 Jan 23, 2011
Ricky Gervais' mockery of religion pales in comparison to the open hostility of the religious.

I've lost count the number of times - somewhere in the thousands - that I've heard the religious wish death and violence upon people ("god will strike you down", "you're going to burn in hell", etc.). And let's not forget morons like Palin, Beck and Limpballs began openly advocating violence in the past few years, or Randall Terry and such ilk who funds christian terrorists like Scott Roeder, James Kopp and Eric Rudolph, who openly. It was the christian/jewish/muslim "god" of the "old testament" that made people fly airplanes into buildings on 9/11, not atheism. Those morons are yelling "FIRE!" in a crowded theatre and are hoping a few John Wilkes Booths are in the crowd, carrying guns.

If mythical "gods" are so powerful that they can create a universe, then why is it that "god" doesn't do anything, that only the believers claim (read: pretend) to be "offended"? If religion had any merit, it could and would withstand criticism, and its adherents not cry "blood libel" every time someone mocked them.

The only respect that religion deserves is the respect it already gets: THE RIGHT TO HAVE IT, the same right people have to their taste in music, clothes or political opinions. People are free to believe in whatever mythology and ludicrous garbage they want, and neither I nor Gervais are trying to stop them. What the religious are NOT allowed to do is force their religion on others physically or by law, something that the religious DO try to do. The religious are asking for reverence and deference, something they are NOT entitled to get.

Anyone who pretends otherwise is bearing false witness. You know, the "ninth commandment" that the mythical "god" gave to moses? The religious feel absolutely no compunction about breaking that one - or that if they are lying to promote their "god", that is makes it okay to lie.

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#2 Jan 24, 2011
P_Smith wrote:
Ricky Gervais' mockery of religion pales in comparison to the open hostility of the religious.
I've lost count the number of times - somewhere in the thousands - that I've heard the religious wish death and violence upon people ("god will strike you down", "you're going to burn in hell", etc.). And let's not forget morons like Palin, Beck and Limpballs began openly advocating violence in the past few years, or Randall Terry and such ilk who funds christian terrorists like Scott Roeder, James Kopp and Eric Rudolph, who openly. It was the christian/jewish/muslim "god" of the "old testament" that made people fly airplanes into buildings on 9/11, not atheism. Those morons are yelling "FIRE!" in a crowded theatre and are hoping a few John Wilkes Booths are in the crowd, carrying guns.
If mythical "gods" are so powerful that they can create a universe, then why is it that "god" doesn't do anything, that only the believers claim (read: pretend) to be "offended"? If religion had any merit, it could and would withstand criticism, and its adherents not cry "blood libel" every time someone mocked them.
The only respect that religion deserves is the respect it already gets: THE RIGHT TO HAVE IT, the same right people have to their taste in music, clothes or political opinions. People are free to believe in whatever mythology and ludicrous garbage they want, and neither I nor Gervais are trying to stop them. What the religious are NOT allowed to do is force their religion on others physically or by law, something that the religious DO try to do. The religious are asking for reverence and deference, something they are NOT entitled to get.
Anyone who pretends otherwise is bearing false witness. You know, the "ninth commandment" that the mythical "god" gave to moses? The religious feel absolutely no compunction about breaking that one - or that if they are lying to promote their "god", that is makes it okay to lie.
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Ditto, well said.

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