Jewish Journal


January 23, 2011

Ricky Gervais a bad ambassador for atheists?


I think anyone who watched the Golden Globes last Sunday formed a pretty firm opinion of host Ricky Gervais, who got into a bit of trouble for a reference he made to famous gay Scientologists. (Oh man, this closet is really nice.) Mollie at GetReligion had an interesting take on Gervais.

A snippet:

I was thinking, as I finished watching him, about what a “hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones” ambassador for atheism he is. It’s probably wrong that I find his humor so funny, but there’s no escaping the hatred and negativity there. How comfortable are various atheists with this high-profile atheist being such a hater? What do the “Why Believe in a God? Just Be Good for Goodness’ Sake” campaigners think about this fellow nonbeliever? I have no idea and I think it would make for an interesting piece. And it could be tied into Gervais’ film, a less-than-subtle argument for atheism that didn’t go over well with viewers.

Atheists definitely have a problem with seeming relatable. Read the rest of Mollie’s post here.

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