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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Penn Gillette on Muslims, Christians & Scientologists

Penn Gillette (half of the duo Penn & Teller) is interviewed about his TV show Bullshit!
Are there any groups you won't go after? We haven't tackled Scientology because Showtime doesn't want us to. Maybe they have deals with individual Scientologists—I'm not sure. And we haven't tackled Islam because we have families.

Meaning, you won’t attack Islam because you’re afraid it’ll attack back ... Right, and I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you’re afraid to talk about it—I can’t think of anything more horrific. [...]

You do go after Christians, though ... Teller and I have been brutal to Christians, and their response shows that they’re good fucking Americans who believe in freedom of speech. We attack them all the time, and we still get letters that say, “We appreciate your passion. Sincerely yours, in Christ.” Christians come to our show at the Rio and give us Bibles all the time. They’re incredibly kind to us. Sure, there are a couple of them who live in garages, give themselves titles and send out death threats to me and Bill Maher and Trey Parker. But the vast majority are polite, open-minded people, and I respect them for that.
(from Reason Hit & Run)

1 comment:

Just being honest said...

He's damn close to telling the truth there. I'd be careful if I were him. Truth is no longer a defense in this Brave New World of Human Rights Tribunals, lawfare, identity politics and the eternally offended followers of religion of peace.