Thursday, March 15, 2012

Penn Jillette On Atheism

A really fine Reason interview with the magician:

Jillette: Every time I have a discussion —and I’m sure you have these too—I’m the libertarian person and I’m talking to a liberal, and they say, “Your basic position is, let all the poor people suffer, let all the sick people die.”

reason: That’s the only way I can see of making a living.

Jillette: [laughter] You say to them, “No, no, no! We’ll take care of each other.” [British journalist and CNN host] Piers Morgan said to me, “One out of seven people in this country is on food stamps. What does that mean to you?” I said, “That means six out of seven people can help them.” And he said, “How do we help them?” And I said, “Go help them.” He said, “We need the government to help them!” I said, “Go help them. I am. Go help them.” He said, “Well, how do we do it?” I said, “I didn’t say we. I said you. You make a pretty good living; there are people that are hungry in L.A. Go out this evening and help them.”

Someone else once said that. (Sorry I couldn't embed it, they had embedding turned off).

Penn has just written his own book on atheism called God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales.

1 comment:

BobG said...

A lot of my opinions are the same as his.