Sundaily Hilarity: Colbert Sums Up O’Reilly

“There must be a God because I don’t know how things work.”

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PZ Myers quibbles interestingly over Colbert’s decision to compare Silverman’s facial features to the Devil’s:

the reason Silverman looks like Satan is that the standard renditions of Satan are based on stereotypes of Semitic facial features. I’m sure everyone has noticed that Jesus is typically painted as a white European, but perhaps you’ve missed the fact that Satan is usually drawn as an Eastern European Jew caricature…so criticizing someone for “looking like Satan” ends up being a suspicion of anyone who looks to be of Middle Eastern descent.

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  • http://ethicalrealism.wordpress.com James Gray

    Enjoyable, but I think Bill O’Reilly’s point was that the laws of nature can’t be explained.

  • Daniel Fincke

    They can be explained, it’s what causes them to be as they are that cannot. But he is not actually making that point, he’s trying to say that he CAN explain them, whereas simply positing a God does no such thing but puts the problem one step further back with an even more unaccounted for posited being.

  • http://ethicalrealism.wordpress.com James Gray

    Dan,

    I think he might be “trying” to make that point. See the interview with Dawkins.

  • Daniel Fincke

    I know it’s the point he’s trying to make, but he’s failing and it’s a shoddy point that does not get one a single step towards the religious divinity he wants it too.


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