“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes Sunday night and totally killed it (or was super mean and uncalled for, if you have sand in your vagina).
He ended the show with a throwaway comment that I assumed was going to get lost in the sounds of remote controls clicking off. But it didn’t. And thank God for that.
In case that video gets taken down for any reason, the incomparable Ricky Gervais ended an American awards show with:
“And thank you to God, for making me an atheist.”
Brilliant. Of course, Ricky comes from a country where Christianity (and religious belief in general) has been on a decline for awhile. It’s no wonder that some of the most prominent atheists – Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry, Gervais – are British.
Bringing that British humour to American shores always has risks (Americans can be a bit dense with their humor – I know that’s a blatantly baiting blanket statement, and I’m okay with it). But then, to proudly declare one’s atheism on television (without being an attractive, genius, fictional miracle worker) is going to ruffle some feathers.
So, on cue, here come the whiners. You can read the comments on the page (most of which seem to be pro-Ricky) or you cannot. But let me just give you a sampling of some of the response.
- Amy • January 16th, 2011 at 11:50 pm
Never heard of Rick before, but I certainly hope that I never see him again. I thought he was very obnoxious!
Also, what an uncalled for and cowardly remark to include in the last seconds of the show…….No wonder this world is the way it is!!!!!
- Lindy • January 16th, 2011 at 11:57 pm
Just goes to show you that heavy drinking affects good judgment. Not surprising for an atheist!
- Deb • January 17th, 2011 at 12:50 am
Very inappropriate. Comments he made about some of the stars were very inappropriate and last but not least, the comment he made about God making him an Atheist, was completely inappropriate. The show was to honor show business and the people involved, not to bash people’s religious beliefs. Won’t watch next year.
Such umbrage at Ricky’s declaration of atheism. The first two insult him for being an atheist (cos obviously his being an atheist makes him an unrepentant alcoholic who is ruining the world), and the last one complains of him “bashing” religious belief.
Um, huh? Where was the bashing? All Ricky did was say he was an atheist. How is declaring one’s lack of faith an attack on another person’s faith?
Before some Christians get their panties in a bunch, let me say that I understand these comments aren’t representative of all Christians. The fact that I have to say that everytime I write about atheism/Christianity should say something about the general level of sand in vaginas in this world, but I’ll let it go.
Those three comments are fairly representative of how people react to any public admittance of atheism (like those billboards). They either take offense or they accuse the person(s) of being what’s wrong with the world.
Yet they don’t bat an eye at someone saying “God bless you” or “I’ll pray for you.” These are just as innocuous statements as saying “I’m an atheist,” which is why I think anybody getting offended by either side should just step back and shut the hell up.
Atheists whining about religious statements being everywhere are annoying, too. Oh, boohoo, it says “In God We Trust” on money. Waaaah.
But, the fact is, there are far more Christians in this nation, and they are far more vocal about voicing their discontent the moment an Atheist steps out of the shadows.
Nothing Ricky said all night was in any way offensive towards Christianity. And, believe me, if Ricky had wanted to be offensive on that subject, he could have been.
So, tell you what Christians. Stop getting offended when someone says they don’t believe what you believe. And maybe when someone actually does do something offensive to your religious sensibilities, we atheists might give a shit.
Probably not, though.