Penn Jillette has a number of choice quotes in an interview with Eric Spitznagel of Vanity Fair:
… there was that ad in Variety from the Catholic League accusing you of “hate speech.”
Well remember, the Catholic League is just one divorced guy in his garage. Or as Teller and I like to say, the Catholic League and his wife. I love that it’s called hate speech when you have the audacity to suggest that pederasty and child rape might not be a good idea. (Laughs.) That’s a pretty odd definition of hate speech, if you ask me.
Like when South Park did an episode portraying Muhammad in a bear costume and Comedy Central said “Whoa, Nellie?”
I think that said more about the Islamic group that made death threats against Trey and Matt than it does about Comedy Central. I believe very much that the most damning thing you can say about Muslims is that you’re afraid to say anything because they’ll hurt you.
I do believe that a belief in god is crazy, but that doesn’t mean that the people who believe in it are crazy. Those are two different things. Ideas can be stupid and crazy and the people who hold those ideas are not necessarily stupid and crazy.
Penn is now making guest appearances on Glenn Beck‘s show, too. How does he defend that?
I go on Glenn Beck as an atheist and talk about atheism. And I have people come up to me and say, “You know, until I saw you on Glenn Beck, speaking so passionately about atheism, I’d never considered that as a moral decision.” That’s incredibly powerful. These are people watching a hardcore Christian show and being exposed to an atheist point of view.
I may be the only person who goes on Keith Olbermann and Glenn Beck and says the exact same shit.
There was this bit, too… nothing to do with atheism. Just entertaining.
The only way Obama can make it up to the gay people of this country is if he sucks off a guy on YouTube.
You can find the context for that for yourself.
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