Penn & Teller explain why they will probably never tackle certain topics on their show Bullshit!:
Are there any groups you won’t go after?
We haven’t tackled Scientology because Showtime doesn’t want us to. Maybe they have deals with individual Scientologists — I’m not sure. And we haven’t tacked Islam because we have families.
Meaning, you won’t attack Islam because you’re afraid it’ll attack back…
Right, and I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you’re afraid to talk about it — I can’t think of anything more horrific.
Of course, it might please some Islamic fundamentalists to hear you say that you won’t talk about them because you’re afraid…
It might, but you have to say what you believe, even it if pleases somebody you disagree with — that issue comes up all the time in moral discourse.
You do go after Christians, though…
Teller and I have been brutal to Christians, and their response shows that they’re good fucking Americans who believe in freedom of speech. We attack them all the time, and we still get letters that say, “We appreciate your passion. Sincerely yours, in Christ.” Christians come to our show at the Rio and give us Bibles all the time. They’re incredibly kind to us. Sure, there are a couple of them who live in garages, give themselves titles and send out death threats to me and Bill Maher and Trey Parker. But the vast majority are polite, open-minded people, and I respect them for that.
It’s been said before, but if your belief system can’t withstand serious scrutiny, then those beliefs must be pretty weak, right?
(Thanks to Keaton for the link!)