Put that way, the double standard does make sense

Posted: July 3, 2010 in Current events
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A lot of social/cultural/political-commenting comedians get abuse for not going after Islam (or Scientology) the way they go after, say Christianity but I have to admit Penn Jillette makes a very good case for the double standard. He’s completely upfront about it. I love Showtime’s Bullshit! show which he does with his partner Teller.  From an interview by Las Vegas Weekly

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 tackled 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. […]

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.

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