On New Show, Comedian Jim Gaffigan Explores How People Might Treat Him if He Was Caught Holding a Bible

Comedian Jim Gaffigan posted a first look at his upcoming eponymous show on his website — it received 500,000 views in the first 48 hours — and it’s just fantastic.

In the episode, Gaffigan, a practicing Catholic who still pokes fun at religion in his act, has to bring home a Bible for his wife. When a picture of him holding that Bible goes viral, everyone begins treating him differently. Some people think he’s too embarrassed to be seen in public with it while others quickly assume he hates gay people.

At one point, even atheists come together to denounce him:

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Discusses Reforming Islam on Real Time with Bill Maher

On Real Time with Bill Maher last night, guest Ayaan Hirsi Ali shared her life story and formula for reforming Islam (which calls on Muslims to adopt less extremist ideology — good luck with that one).

They also spoke about why liberals have been among the louder voices criticizing the cartoonists drawing Muhammad rather than the people killing them.



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Dan Savage’s New Sitcom, Featuring an Irish Catholic Family, Looks Very Promising

You may have heard that ABC picked up a sitcom for next season loosely based on the life of sex-columnist/writer Dan Savage. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the trailer for The Real O’Neals just came out and I have to say: It looks pretty good as far as sitcoms are concerned. It has plenty of elements to explore if it can stay on the air for a while.

Every member of the Irish Catholic family at the center of the series has some sort of closeted secret: The son is gay, the parents are considering a divorce, etc. All of which should drive the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue and One Million Moms crazy. And isn’t that really the whole goal of sitcoms nowadays?



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The Trailer for a Documentary About The Atheist Experience

I’ve spoken to a lot of people over the years who have been influenced (or flat-out deconverted) by The Atheist Experience, the call-in talk show produced by the Atheist Community of Austin and whose hosts include Matt Dillahunty, Russell Glasser, Tracie Harris, Jen Peeples, and several others.

So it’s exciting to see the trailer for Mission Control Texas, a documentary all about the show — and how the hosts’ perspectives contrast with damn near everyone else in their state:



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Seen Outside a Slipknot Concert Last Night

Last night, the heavy metal band Slipknot played a show in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) and Christians were outside protesting.

Reader Justin was there and shared these images:



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