We Don’t All Fit Inside, Oprah

(In response to this post)

About M J Shepherd

Matthew graduated Louisiana State University in 2009 with a BA in studio art and a minor in art history. He has been drawing cartoons and comics online for several years.

  • http://quinesqueue.blogspot.com/ Q. Quine

    I encourage all to write to Oprah and tell her that your life is not limited by her false conceptions. She is a “connector” of a branch of the public that her media reaches. Educating her is worth more public relations than we can do with our individual web sites in a long time.

  • Bill Allyn

    It’s completely the opposite, of course. We don’t use religion to
    shield ourselves from the awe and wonder of the world by claiming “god
    did it” instead of digging deeply and being thrilled by the real awe and
    wonder and mystery of the universe through the eyes of science–biology,
    cosmogony, cosmology, astronomy, particle physics, quantum mechanics, quantum
    cosmology, abiogenesis, etc… She puts on blinders and tells us the view is
    great… Think about it. She even says, “wonder of the world”,
    leaving out 99.99999999999999999999999999% of the universe. But *we’re* blind?
    Some people…

  • http://www.examiner.com/atheism-in-los-angeles/hugh-kramer Hugh Kramer

    “We Don’t All Fit Inside Oprah”
    At least not since she went on that diet.
    (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

  • Tainda

    “Oprah’s box” *shiver*

  • BoGardiner

    An excellent essay about Oprah’s anti-atheist bias appears today at Psychology Today, by David Niose of AHA:


  • BoGardiner

    Atheists have started to post their objections on Oprah’s OWN website, where she has a video of this exchange. Add yours here:


  • Art_Vandelay

    Seriously though…is there any other minority group in the country that Oprah could claim is incapable of experiencing such a basic human emotion as awe and not be raked through the coals for being a huge bigot?

  • guestpest

    One thing that is not addressed here is the idea of a soul. Unlike Diana Nyad, I don’t believe in a soul; something that lives on after you die. I don’t believe in an afterlife of any sort. Is there a word for this, other than skeptic? The word ‘atheist’ doesn’t seem to cover it. There should be a word when looked up, specifically defines it as someone who doesn’t believe in an afterlife.

  • b s

    I was going to try to come up with a “god shaped hole/Oprah sized hole in our hearts” joke, but this will do just as well.

  • Gus

    Physicalism, monism, non-dualism.

  • Gus

    Maybe not non-dualism, it has some newagey connotations.

  • Mitch

    So I wasn’t the only one messed up enough to bring it there.

  • Tainda

    I’m way beyond the line lol

  • Dave

    She was happy to dump on a shop assistant who showed unfair prejudice by showing her a less expensive handbag because she was black. She needs to see whatever has done is exactly the same, and apologise by getting The Friendly Atheist on her show to put our view.

  • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

    I posted this message on her website:

    I am an atheist. I do not believe in any gods, spirits, faeries, ghosts, or unicorns because I haven’t seen any evidence they exist. I don’t believe in an afterlife for the same reason.I know what awe and love are. I feel them. Sunsets, sunrises, the smell of a freshly-baked cake, walking through the woods, cuddling with my husband, and oh-so-many other things are wonderful, awesome, and/or love-filled. Awe is a human emotion- it doesn’t require a deity to feel a sense of wonder, connectedness, and humility when looking at things that are genuinely just bigger than we are. Love is a human emotion- it doesn’t require a deity to feel love for one’s friends and family. You just told America that I can’t feel these human emotions, which implies that I am not actually a person at all. As a member of an often-despised minority yourself, how could you? How could you take a group of people and dehumanize them this way?

    Thanks to BoGardiner for the link.

  • Anna

    Or materialism? That covers gods and all other aspects of the supernatural.

  • guestpest

    Thanks, especially for physicalism (synonymous with materialism), but it still doesn’t specifically address non-belief in the afterlife.

  • Mitch

    No worries, you’re preaching to the choir right now.

  • Gus

    Hmm, I was thinking specifically of the belief in a soul part, which I think monism actually covers pretty nicely. Not having a soul, as you point out, sort of rules out the notion of an afterlife, but I don’t specifically know a handy term for specifically not believing in an afterlife.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Thank you for “physicalism”. It’s a silly-sounding word, but it covers the ground that “materialism” does not quite well.