Skip to comments.I don't know, so I'm an atheist libertarian
Posted on 08/18/2011 6:40:21 AM PDT by Haiku Guy
I try to claim that I was friends with the genius Richard Feynman...
Last week I was interviewed for Piers Morgan's show (which used to be Larry King's show). Piers beat me up a bit for being an atheist (that's his job) and then beat me up a bit for being a libertarian (also his job). He did this by asking me impossible questions, questions that none of us, Harold, Richard, me, (or Piers), could ever answer.
He started with "How did you get here?" and I started talking about my road to showbiz and atheism and he interrupted and said he meant how the universe was created. I said, "I don't know."
It's amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.
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I think he's right on the money about government, here.
About matters of faith, I think he kind of misses the point. But that's OK. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Penn, that’s why it’s called ‘faith’...........................
His show with Teller, “Bullshit” is worth watching.
If Gillette was a socialist the athiest issue would have never come up, Piers would have just commended Gillette for his great intelligence. I’ll take an athiest libertarian over a believing socialist any day, and I say that as a devout Christian.
If he didn’t think he knew he’d be an agnostic, not an atheist.
A worthy read.
I’ll let the anti-liberty Paul Derangement Syndrome sufferers here explain where Penn goes wrong in his analysis of government.
Penn strikes me as somebody you can talk to about matters of faith. I would not give up on him. (Of course, I would try not to give up on anybody...)
to quote Franklin:
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
which is his constitutional right, NOT to have...
“Penn Jillette is an interesting guy. Don’t always agree with him, but he is an interesting guy.”
I agree. I have read a couple of his articles here and there and I’ve gathered he’s a full on libertarian. The great thing about that is, he doesn’t want to inflict his views and morals upon me.
I’m not an evangelical. I don’t feel compelled to save Penn Jillette, (and he’s thankful for that I’m sure). I can live with his choice of atheism. But, in the final accounting, will he?
Taxation is not Charity.
They should print that on the money.
If I understand his reasoning here, he says in saying you’re an agnostic you’re saying you don’t know if God exists. Therefore, you do not believe in God which makes you an atheist.
Bill Maher, maybe? :)
there is a huge difference between a libertarian and a Libertarian....
just because a ‘party’ takes a name and decides upon a platform, does not necessarily follow that the name they take describes said party.....
for instance look at the Democratic party...boy, if there was ever a party with a contradictory name.
I agree with that opinion!
I guess I’d have to tell Penn the way I really, finally KNEW that the Bible is right, there is an afterlife and Jesus is Lord and Saviour.
I simply read up on what happened to the Apostles. Their deaths. All but one were killed in horrible ways and could have stopped it, saved their own lives by denouncing Jesus and admitting it was all a fraud. Now, you torture me and I WILL tell you where my wife hides the egg money. I’ll tell you anything to make it stop.
Not those men. They wouldn’t denounce Jesus. They wouldn’t say that His ministry was a fraud. Even knowing that they were going to be tortured to death, they would not turn their backs on Christ.
Now as a former cop, I see that kind of dedication, that loyalty and it says to me that these men believe Him and they WALKED with him. The technology did not exist at the time to fake all that stuff. Jesus is real, Jesus is the Son of God and He is coming back.
That’s how I came to my faith. More of an investigatory way, rather than an emotional way. I wonder if anyone has ever tried that tack with Mr. Gillette.
He nor Wrong Paul are wrong in their analysis of government spending. Penn is wrong on God. Paul is wrong on almost everything else.
I’m a Disciple of Christ, but I love Penn Jillette. He is more honest than most of the people in my congregation.
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