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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Penn Jillette on How Christians and Muslims React to Criticism

Robert Spencer quotes Penn Jillette, from an interview in Las Vegas Weekly:
Teller and I have been brutal to Christians, and their response shows that they're good ----ing 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....
And what, you might wonder, did he have to say about the religion of pieces Islam, since we all know that all religions teach the same basic moral values?
... we haven't tackled Islam because we have families...I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you're afraid to talk about it...
And there you have it, folks: two religions that, obviously, teach the same basic moral values, and clearly reacting in the same broad-minded fashion to criticism...

Ah, no, that's not it...

Actually, there's a heckuva difference...

And even atheist Penn Jillette knows it.

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