A Compilation of The Daily Show’s Atheism Clips

Here’s a nice collection of “Godless Atheist” moments from The Daily Show. There are a few in here I’ve never seen before. In fact, in the clip below, I’m surprised to hear Jon Stewart take the stance that he does since he’s been much more vocal about church/state separation issues in recent years:


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  • Hannah the Ginger

    Jon Stewart is a genius.
    “I, Jon Stewart, hate Christmas, Christians, Jews, morality. And, I will not rest until every year families gather to spend December 25th together at ‘Osama’s Homobortion Pot and Commie Jizzporium.’”
    I know what holiday I’m celebrating this year!

  • Mike

    I’m surprised to hear Jon Stewart take the stance that he does since he’s been much more vocal about church/state separation issues in recent years:

    That’s because this lawsuit is ridiculous, and even John Stewart knows it. Congratulations atheists, you are slowly but surely eliminating from our culture every reference to God. When will you be satisfied?

  • Peter

    I disagree. It’s a slippery slope. What other constitutional violations would will be willing to let slide? The whole purpose of putting “In God We Trust” on our money was purely a political move. Do you actually think, a god in the sky is sitting back and thinking, gee, those Americans are back on my good list. Give me a break!

  • heironymous

    I miss “This Week in God” with Stephen Colbert (back when he was on the Daily Show)

  • Demetrius Of Pharos

    @Mike:

    Congratulations atheists, you are slowly but surely eliminating from our culture every reference to God. When will you be satisfied?

    I think we will be satisfied when your God character presents himself to stand trial as the murderous, bloodthirsty animal that he is. Since your God wont do that, you know, what with not existing and all, do use all a favor, and leave quietly.

    Jon Stewart pointed it out – “In God We Trust” and “Under God” are bullshit phrases added during McCarthyism to distinguish America from the Russians. Guess what, it was a stupid idea then and its a stupid idea now.

    While I’m on the subject of “eliminating from our culture every reference to God”: Christmas. Its a wonderful time of year that has absolutely nothing to do with Christ, other than Constantine decided to appease his people by making the big Christian holiday coincide with the big Pagan holiday.
    * The traditional Christmas feast? A sacrifice to Freyr.
    * Christmas tree? Take your pic, either a pray offering to Saturnus or a Druidic symbol to ward off evil spirits.
    * Mistletoe? Once considered a remedy for barrenness

    Don’t even get me started on Easter.

    Tell you what, tiny troll, when you find a piece of “our” culture that Christianity didn’t steal from some far more ancient culture (most likely after raping and pillaging them) thats the piece that us atheists will let you keep. Until then, we will work to restore the original meaning of any and all traditions as we see fit.

  • tetsuo

    When will you be satisfied?

    Probably when people understand that using state funds or forums in any manner to promote any religion is contrary to the establishment clause. Yes, that will do nicely.

    And when churches lose their tax-exempt status and are outlawed, then you can start bitching about being “eliminated from the culture”, until then enjoy your freedom to practice on your own time in the numerous churches found throughout the country. Atheists don’t mind and this one has even served to protect your constitutional right to do so.

  • Richard Wade

    Congratulations atheists, you are slowly but surely eliminating from our culture every reference to God. When will you be satisfied?

    “Mike,” (Jon?) you are conflating “our culture” with our government. What atheists, as well as theists who value religious freedom, want is for references to gods and religious things out of the government. Nobody should have to pay taxes for printing, carving or referring to somebody else’s religion in governmental buildings, products or actions. Would you want your taxes to go for a government-funded statue of Shiva? No? Then you understand how we feel.

    Don’t worry, there will be plenty of free exercise of religious expression, but it has to be free, not taxpayer funded or government sanctioned.

    I understand why the demagogues do it, but why any conscientious person of faith thinks that getting in bed with the government is a good idea is far beyond my understanding.

  • Zar

    Butthurt Christian is butthurt.

  • http://miketheinfidel.blogspot.com/ MikeTheInfidel

    Mike: Perhaps you should be asking Christians why they’ve attempted to remove every reference to Thor and Zeus from our culture.

    Yahweh is just another irrelevant imaginary being.

  • Amy G

    I love Bill Maher. I just have to say that.

    As far as the “when will we be satisfied question goes,” I just want to be treated equally and fairly. For example, I’m opposed to prayer in school, but I love the “moment of silence” idea that allows Christians to pray to God and other religious people to pray in their own way, and for non-religious people to think about how to take over the world or cure cancer (or “omg I hope this moment of silence is over soon because I really have to pee!). I would like for my American culture to allow non-Christians to have a place within it. I would like to not have to make a conscious effort to not roll my eyes while I mouth “under god” during the pledge of allegiance so that people don’t think I’m unpatriotic and therefore a bad person. I would like for my government to be an American government and not a Christian (or any other religion) government. I know there’s separation of church and state that technically makes our government not religiously affiliated, but we all know that announcing that you’re atheist is political suicide, so how unaffiliated is the government, really?

    When will I be satisfied? When I can live my life without being constantly reminded that I’m an atheist.

  • John

    Congratulations atheists, you are slowly but surely eliminating from our culture every reference to God.

    Oh my GOD you’re RIGHT! Your well-evidenced, cogent, good-faith argument has convinced me!

    When will you be satisfied?

    When humanity consists only of heartless automata which constantly repeat the phrase “How do you know what you know?”

  • Chal

    Bah, can’t watch it from Canada.

    So in retaliation, here‘s a compilation of the mentions of Canada in the Daily Show that you can only see from Canada. Nyah.

  • AxeGrrl

    Chal wrote:

    Bah, can’t watch it from Canada.

    could someone repost this in some viewable-in-Canada format?

    As annoying as it is not being able to see it, I kind of like the idea that we’re ‘too dangerous’ to freely share media with :)

    (ssh, i know that’s fantasyland, but we Canadians have to get our fleeting ‘we’re too subversive’ kicks when we can, even if that means inventing them!:)

  • http://omega-geek.blogspot.com Spook

    When will you be satisfied?

    How about when my testimony in court is worth as much as everybody else’s?

  • http://manyhatsonemask.com manyhats

    When will you be satisfied?

    How about when we can run openly as an atheist for public office? When courts don’t discriminate against atheists in paternity cases? When government is capable of making fact-based decisions instead of say, starting useless wars for reasons based on end times prophecy? When all religion-based blue laws are removed from the books (especially the one in my state that prevents me from buying booze before noon on Sunday)? When “In God we Trust” is removed from our money?
    No, while a good start, these things would merely make me a less angry. Personally, I’ll be truly satisfied only when irrational people receive the scorn, laughs, or psychiatric care, as appropriate, that they so richly deserve and Science and Reason are elevated to the position in society’s regard that they deserve.

  • http://jetson.wordpress.com/ Jetson

    @Mike – when will you be satisfied?

  • False Prophet

    @Chal,

    Download Hotspot Shield: http://www.hotspotshield.com/

    It was designed to protect your web-surfing privacy in public wi-fi areas, but it does this by assigning you a random US IP address. The happy side benefit is you can watch US-restricted streaming sites like Comedy Central and Hulu (no equivalent for UK sites yet).

  • Tom

    When will I be satisfied? When I can live my life without being constantly reminded that I’m an atheist.

    Amy G, thanks for articulating exactly what I feel

  • Mike
    What atheists, as well as theists who value religious freedom, want is for references to gods and religious things out of the government.

    Great, then let’s get rid of the Declaration of Independence while we’re at it, since it references both God and a Creator.

    When will I be satisfied? When I can live my life without being constantly reminded that I’m an atheist.

    Sorry for the inconvenience Amy, perhaps when every last vestige of religion is erased from the face of the planet you can breathe a sigh of relief.

  • Chal

    Thanks False Prophet

  • Richard Wade

    Mike,

    What atheists, as well as theists who value religious freedom, want is for references to gods and religious things out of the government

    Great, then let’s get rid of the Declaration of Independence while we’re at it, since it references both God and a Creator.

    Your response is a silly straw man argument, proposing a ridiculous characterization of my position, when there is no logical connection between the two. The Declaration of Independence was a letter to the king of England telling him to go screw himself. It is not the law of the land. That is embodied in the Constitution, ratified 12 years later. Fortunately for you, it guarantees your freedom of religion. You dishonor and endanger that gift to you if you propose that religion and government should be mixed.

    When will I be satisfied? When I can live my life without being constantly reminded that I’m an atheist.

    Sorry for the inconvenience Amy, perhaps when every last vestige of religion is erased from the face of the planet you can breathe a sigh of relief.

    Again, another straw man, an absurd extreme characterization of someone else’s position. You’ve brought so much straw in here I’m starting to get hay fever.

    I’ll repeat my question to you that you ignored:

    Would you want your taxes to go for a government-funded statue of Shiva? No? Then you understand how we feel.

    Mike, try to visualize you and everybody else being free to express their beliefs in the public forum but not in the governmental forum. It really isn’t hard to do.

    When will I be satisfied?

    When you and I stand shoulder-to-shoulder to defend everybody’s freedom of expression and religion, keeping government’s meddling out of it.

    Do you have the courage and strength of character to stand with me?

    If you don’t answer, I’ll take that as a “No.”

  • http://avertyoureye.blogspot.com/ Teleprompter

    Manyhats, that was an absolutely brilliant response. It’s too bad that Mike ignored it entirely.

  • Simon_Gardner

    Congratulations atheists, you are slowly but surely eliminating from our culture every reference to God. When will you be satisfied?

    When the job is done – would seem to be the obvious answer.

    Pesky Constitution.

  • AxeGrrl

    Richard Wade wrote:

    When will I be satisfied?

    When you and I stand shoulder-to-shoulder to defend everybody’s freedom of expression and religion, keeping government’s meddling out of it.

    Do you have the courage and strength of character to stand with me?

    Beautifully said Richard. And that’s precisely the issue isn’t it…..standing up for everybody.

    How anyone could have a ‘problem’ that and claim to have any intellectual/moral integrity is beyond me.

  • CatBallou

    I’ll admit I was disappointed with this position from Stewart, and I think he misunderstands the famous McDonald’s coffee case, too. Also, as an ex-lawyer, I have to say that lawyers turn down lawsuits all the time—if there’s little chance of winning, there’s little chance of being paid!

  • http://atheist-roxie.blogspot.com Roxanne Rosas

    I do think it is a silly thing to sue about, but considering it never should have happened in the first place, I’m glad they finally realized it was wrong to add “under god” to the pledge of allegiance. It helps make people aware that it wasn’t always there. But Jon Stewart is a comedian first, it’s his job to make us laugh and if we can’t laugh at ourselves then we’re no better than the fundies.


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