I Never Thought About It That Way…

Comedian and activist Lee Camp offers a new analogy for religion. (Commentary is NSFW. Also, ouch.)



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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Lin

    Maybe I’m nit-picking, but a cock ring and a penis piercing are not the same thing, so he kind of lost me on that analogy. :P

    • bigjohn756

      I don’t think that you are nit-picking. A cock ring and a piercing are completely different things. A cock ring is useful sometimes, whereas, a piercing is always useless.

  • Anonymous

    Some women are religious too.  

    • Anonymous

      Some women have genital piercings too

      • Anonymous

        Yes, but not in their penis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wintermadness1 Tim Best

    I liked this, it’s an expansion on that line “Religion should be treated like your genitals: don’t show it in public and don’t shove it down anyone’s throat.”

    • stellaluna

      and don’t wave it in kids’ faces

  • aimee eisiminger

    Thank you…..keep it to yourself.

  • Riptide

        I don’t think anyone should be able to bill themselves as a comedian without being, you know, *funny*. It was a decent rant and all, except that it seems he’s endorsing an end to the conversation that’s just beginning and trying to say that religion should “just be a private matter”, with which I disagree very strongly–religious beliefs affect many people very negatively, and pointing that out should not be considered nearly as rude and offensive to the human spirit as propping those beliefs up with silent assent.
        If everyone “kept it to themselves” (and their children), we would only be sublimating the problem, not eliminating it…much like racism doesn’t disappear when people stop talking about it, religious excesses do not, either. I’ve seen with my own eyes some of the abuses religious people justify with their belief, and heard of much worse throughout history and right now in various places in Africa and the Middle East. The answer to these abuses isn’t to get the abusers to stay silent and take to the shadows in shame–it is to answer them as publicly as they preach, to increase speech, not decrease it.

  • Riptide

        I don’t think anyone should be able to bill themselves as a comedian without being, you know, *funny*. It was a decent rant and all, except that it seems he’s endorsing an end to the conversation that’s just beginning and trying to say that religion should “just be a private matter”, with which I disagree very strongly–religious beliefs affect many people very negatively, and pointing that out should not be considered nearly as rude and offensive to the human spirit as propping those beliefs up with silent assent.
        If everyone “kept it to themselves” (and their children), we would only be sublimating the problem, not eliminating it…much like racism doesn’t disappear when people stop talking about it, religious excesses do not, either. I’ve seen with my own eyes some of the abuses religious people justify with their belief, and heard of much worse throughout history and right now in various places in Africa and the Middle East. The answer to these abuses isn’t to get the abusers to stay silent and take to the shadows in shame–it is to answer them as publicly as they preach, to increase speech, not decrease it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750428174 Paddy Reddin

    Why is he shouting?  Plus, maybe he’d feel better if he actually inhaled from time to time.

  • Peter Mahoney

    This is sort of an angry rant, which is great as rants go.

    But for a funnier, catchy tune…. this reminds me of the hilarious YouTube video song:  “Keep your Jesus off my Penis”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHjsaEK4vnw

  • lowspark13

    Good analogy and all, but as a piercing nerd I’m cringing slightly at ‘cock ring’ and ‘the necklace it’s wearing’.   Oh well at least he didn’t say ‘prince albert’

  • MacCrocodile

    A cock ring and a genital piercing are not the same thing.

  • Dona Lynette Stewart

    I say, my Jesus, can out cuss, and out gross you all.


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