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Published On: Thu, Mar 26th, 2015

Patton Oswalt reveals how Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher are hurting atheism

Comparing the notable atheists to the Westboro Baptist Church, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt discusses how he’s embarrassed by their attacks on the religious.

“I feel, as an atheist, about people like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher the way that Christians must feel about Fred Phelps,” Oswalt explained to Salon. “Look, being an atheist means you don’t give a f*** about what anyone believes in. I don’t think any of it’s real, but you can go ahead and do it. I’m not trying to destroy religion. I just don’t care about it.”

Patton Oswalt in UNITED STATES OF TARA (Season 3)Oswalt did not stop with making comparison to the dead former leader of the Westboro Baptist Church. He also does not like it when fellow atheists try to lump everyone together when people use religion to justify their actions.

“I live by experience, failure, learning, that kind of stuff. Everyone that goes, ‘But all the war is because of religion, blah blah blah,’ well then you’re no different than the housewife that’s like, ‘My son killed himself because of a Judas Priest record.’ ” Oswalt said in the interview. “No, your son killed himself because he was an unstable idiot. Those people started wars because they were unstable idiots. They stumbled across this religion thing, but if they hadn’t found that book, they would have found something else. There’s always going to be Christians, always going to be Jews, Hindus, Muslims, so let’s find a way to make all that progress. Because that’s always been the solution of frightened people, if we could just get rid of this chunk, everything would work.”

“No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn’t,”posted Dawkins on Twitter. “Of COURSE most Muslims are peaceful. But if someone’s killed for what they drew or said or wrote, you KNOW the religion of the killers.”

Bill Maher donkeyhoteyIn an interview with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live back in January, Maher argued that “hundreds of millions” of Muslims supported the Hebdo shooters.

“I know most Muslim people would not have carried out an attack like this. … But here’s the important point: Hundreds of millions of them support an attack like this,” said Maher.

“They applaud an attack like this. What they say is: ‘We don’t approve of violence, but you know what? When you make fun of the prophet, all bets are off.'”

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  1. Jim says:

    No, Jim A is basing his on Facts, not a book of fiction written by humans, as you are. Facts are separate from opinions. Believing in something in spite of the facts not only doesn’t make it so, but it is harming our society the way it did the Egyptian culture way back when it stifled their prominent place in science and mathematics, in which they were the forefront until they started assuming they had all the answers without any evidence, just as is happening in our country now. And by the way, it is religious people that place themselves above others when they ignore the facts and consider others to be wrong based on their own ignorance.

    • Brandon Jones says:

      No? No to tolerance?

      Jim, Christians share your beliefs in chemistry, physics and expermiental sciences. We part ways on your “Scientism” – the belief that science can explain all (creation of life, evolution explains the diverse nature and these retroactive sciences that cannot be verified by expertimentation).

      It’s easy to try to make all relgious people these caricatures which are exploited by Maher, Dawkins and others and ignore real discussion and respond with attacks.

      “the ridiculous propositions set fourth by creationists” propped up by Dawkins which you suscribe fails to answer all the questions and requires a greater leap of faith on the creation/existence of life than those who believe in some sort of Creator – it’s just too perfect, organized and ordered ot mathmetically come into existence (and stay ordered) than if it never that an intelligent beling “behind it.”

      Agree to disagree, but you can stop patting yourself on the back like your religion is any better than anyone else

      • YouAreDumb says:

        Atheism isn’t a religion, sucko.

        • Brandon Jones says:

          Atheism is the belief/knowledge that there is no God. That is a governing way you lead your life, so by definition that is a religion comparable to how others live their live based on their belief/knowledge of God.

          In fact, there are groups like this one which practice weekly Sunday assemblies (an Atheist Church if you will) and there have been parallels regularly drawn to the major tenets of faith (e.g. the atheist Ten Commandments)

          So, why is it so wrong to call atheism a religion? Why is that so offensive to you personally?

  2. JimA says:

    Bill Maher, and Richard Dawkins are simply reacting to the present situation. Bill is reacting to the news which almost daily now contains some act of Islamic violence toward innocent people, who are not innocent according to the Islamic “Holy” book. Dawkins is reacting to the ridiculous propositions set fourth by creationists, with their denial of Evolution. Richard is against labeling children by their parents religion. Religion separates people into us them scenarios. This has not been a problem generally over the years, but Radical Islam has brought religion to the forefront and in doing so, it exposes religion for the ridiculous concept that it is. There is no invisible man in the sky, or above the heavens, or anywhere else, and it is time to admit it. People that make very important decisions are elected not on just whether they beleive in an invisible god, but on WHICH invisible god they beleive in or which flavor of an invisible man they beleive in. At last count there were over 40,000 versions of Christendom throughout the world. Baskin Robins aint got nuthin on religion. Islam brought all this on with their Prophets book, which is really a Battle Plan, not a “Holy Book” Maher, and Dawkins are merely standing up to ridiculousness, something that the Pillsbury Boy Oswalt does not have the balls to do.

    • Corgimom says:

      Jim A, that is your opinion, and it isn’t any better, more correct, or more truthful than mine. I believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; I always have and I always will. So grow up and realize, once and for all, that not everyone is going to agree with you and that doesn’t make you more superior than they are. Since you refuse to have a little faith, how about a little tolerance?

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