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Keira Knightley Regrets Being Atheist (Not Really)
Skeptical Science ^ | 5-2-2012 | Dave Gamble

Posted on 05/06/2012 11:01:31 AM PDT by InHisService

Actor Keira Knightley, a self-confessed atheist, says she is desperate to be Catholic because she would “just get to ask for forgiveness”. “It sounds much better than having to live with guilt. It’s absolutely extraordinary. If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything,”

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: actress; atheism; atheist; hollywood; romancatholicism
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I find her statements very distrubing. Does she realize how many Catholics are in this country and how many people she is turning off by what she said?
1 posted on 05/06/2012 11:01:35 AM PDT by InHisService
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To: InHisService

She’s pretty but she’s brain-dead like all liberals.


2 posted on 05/06/2012 11:03:23 AM PDT by max americana
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To: InHisService

Perhaps she is looking for a good spanking...


3 posted on 05/06/2012 11:03:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: max americana

I’m surprised her statements didn’t garner more attention. Very inflammatory.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 11:06:35 AM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService
Actor Keira Nightly

Theres a guy named Keira Nightly who also acts? What an odd coincidence.

5 posted on 05/06/2012 11:06:57 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Nightly, Knightley - whatever.


6 posted on 05/06/2012 11:07:47 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: InHisService
“It sounds much better than having to live with guilt. It’s absolutely extraordinary. If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything,”

wow, talk about not getting it.

7 posted on 05/06/2012 11:08:46 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: InHisService

>>>Does she realize how many Catholics are in this country and how many people she is turning off by what she said?

But there’s even more people out there who have no idea who she is, or even care... I’m among them.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 11:09:37 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: InHisService

I guess nobody told her that you have to be truly sorry for your sin and to make a firm resolve never to do it again before you get forgiveness. Christ realized that people would make mistakes and He provided a way for them to face their sins and repent. She’s really quite ignorant about the Catholic faith.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 11:10:12 AM PDT by kitkat (Obama, ROPE and CHAINS.)
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To: InHisService

Send her to the Caribbean and let the pirates take care of her.


10 posted on 05/06/2012 11:10:57 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: max americana

Maybe if she got a little religion she’d be able to eat something.


11 posted on 05/06/2012 11:17:10 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: InHisService

If she is an an atheist, why is she even worried about “asking for forgiveness”?

Forgiveness for what, and from Who?

Sheesh, Lizzie, just eat drink and be merry, on your way to becoming worm food.


12 posted on 05/06/2012 11:19:19 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Here’s my view: if someone in Hollywood says something against a homosexual, the media makes a huge deal out of it. I can’t remember his name but one actor was fired from his job for using the word “faggot.” There have been other instances as well. They are made to aplogize publicly, ostracized, etc. Say something against a Christian, especially a Catholic, and that’s fine, it goes unnoticed for the most part. I’m not even a Catholic and this gets my goat! I’m an evangelical Christian but I still have a lot of respect for the Catholic faith and I’m tired of them being pummeled!


13 posted on 05/06/2012 11:21:08 AM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService
We live in a world of which Satan is god and which is at war with God and which hates God.

We shouldn't be surprised when the enemies of God who live in a world that hates God get rewarded when Christians are marginalized and ridiculed.

This situation will change, of course, and in the not-too-distant future, but for now those who have made the choice to reject God are just being themselves in their natural state.

14 posted on 05/06/2012 11:23:58 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta ("....in the last days, mockers will come with their mocking... (2 Peter 3:3))
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To: InHisService

I can’t bear to look at her. She’s a spokesman for Maybelline and Death at the same time.

Kinda makes all her movies a write off.


15 posted on 05/06/2012 11:25:03 AM PDT by AnTiw1 (Men who stand firm against an army of thousands, run when a tiger appears among them. ~ShirKhan~)
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To: kitkat

She is very ignorant about Catholocism and I think she should be held accountable for what she said, but of course she never will be. It’s not like anyone who interviews her will bring it up.


16 posted on 05/06/2012 11:29:21 AM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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I have no idea how people manage to go through life without faith. How gray and cynical their world must seem! I bet one day when she is really really old she'll be all to eager to trade her cold analytical atheist views for a little of the strength, warmth and comfort of God's love.
17 posted on 05/06/2012 11:30:39 AM PDT by Casie
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To: The_Victor

She doesn’t get it. Those are very ignorant statements. I won’t be going to see her movies.


18 posted on 05/06/2012 11:30:42 AM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService

So she feels guilty? For what???? Giving her soul to Satan for fame and money???


19 posted on 05/06/2012 11:32:44 AM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

You are absolutely right on. I just like to let other believers know what is being said. At least for now, with liberal Hollywood, we can hit them where it hurts by not going to their movies.


20 posted on 05/06/2012 11:36:28 AM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService

She’s still bashing Republicans, but she’s not quite as bad as people are making her out to be. The full quote in context makes it clear that she’s making fun of the idea that because you ask God for forgiveness, that makes what you did okay...and there are plenty of “Christians” who act that way. I know a few born-again Christians who absolutely believe that they can sin as much as they want as long as they ask God for forgiveness (but with intent to sin again).

“CRONENBERG: Except he’s got the right-wing Christian out: “I asked god for forgiveness and he said okay.” [laughs] If you’re a Christian right-wing Republican, then that might make it okay. But the thing is, Newt was the guy who was attacking Bill Clinton for his Monica Lewinsky moment while he himself was having an extramarital affair. So the hypocrisy is rather thick at that point.

KNIGHTLEY: Absolutely extraordinary . . . If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness and then you’d be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.”

So, snarky? Absolutely, but I highly doubt she was referring to all Christians, just the hypocrites. But maybe I’m wrong and she just hates all Christians.


21 posted on 05/06/2012 11:38:52 AM PDT by lymelady (Pro-life: Because I passed biology and history.)
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To: InHisService

Just look at one of her pics. NOT GUILTY! I guess she has to do something unlawful first.


22 posted on 05/06/2012 11:40:56 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: DIRTYSECRET

She’s got a pretty face but she really needs to eat a few cheeseburgers once in a while

As an Atheist though, an invisible man in the sky is much more believable than her 89lb fighting female character in Arthur being able to take on multiple 250lb+ guys at the same time and win


23 posted on 05/06/2012 11:49:13 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: lymelady

Being an English actress and in her early twenties, I believe, it’s highly doubtful she knows who Monica Lewinsky is and I doubt she knows much about Newt Gingrich. So she goes along with the anti-Catholic bait she is being fed, which tells me what kind of person she is.


24 posted on 05/06/2012 11:51:06 AM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: King Moonracer

Ahhhh....to have enough money, fame, and doters so as to walk through life without ever having to listen to one’s own consciousness and thoughts and to fill life with all the frivolity and empty patter as to never look at life for what it is.

Striding through the sun-kissed streets of Hollywood where it never rains, where botox is the answer to aging, and where the nanny rushes to your aid when the little accessory in your stroller starts to become a nuisance.

Guilt? What guilt? Everyone loves you, wants to go out on Friday night. To the gay club. Perhaps do some blow.

Then you go join Amnesty International or do some charity event for some children’s disease to make you feel better and to give you something to talk about on Oprah, to show how much you care, how much value you have. You know, your Thursday morning fundraiser where you wear a pretty dress and get your picture taken by all your adoring fans who smile and laugh with you when you say nothing at all, having known nothing about you, and knowing even less once you’ve left their presence, but loving you more all the same.

It takes talent, Hollywood, you know.


25 posted on 05/06/2012 11:57:54 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: InHisService

If she’s an atheist, who does she believe is going to judge her? What does she need to be forgiven for?


26 posted on 05/06/2012 11:59:03 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Steelfish

She’s been sent there three (or is it four now?) times, but the pirates keep sending her back!


27 posted on 05/06/2012 11:59:11 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Casie

Amen!


28 posted on 05/06/2012 12:01:39 PM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService

There one wrong and one folly here. The folly is for K Knightly to opine publically about a topic which she does not have the expertise to discuss. We all have the right to speak our mind but it is a tenet of wisdom that one not offer public opinions about subjects which one has not studied. The wrong was done when an interviewer asks an actress for an opinion about religion. An ethical interviewer would ask her about acting and not subjects like religion, particle physics, or robotics.
Perhaps the box office will clarify that for her.


29 posted on 05/06/2012 12:11:56 PM PDT by iacovatx (If you must lie to recruit to your cause, you are fighting for the wrong side.)
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To: AnTiw1

Agree.


30 posted on 05/06/2012 12:17:15 PM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService

Screwed around, had fun, wasted too-easily-earned wealth, slept with the bad boys, now wants the nice guy to come in and clean up her s***. Idiot.


31 posted on 05/06/2012 12:18:59 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: CaspersGh0sts

Well said!


32 posted on 05/06/2012 12:20:35 PM PDT by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: max americana

Things like this make me wonder, will the parents who turned her into this dead soul have a worse time in Hell than their daughter?


33 posted on 05/06/2012 12:25:07 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: qam1
"As an Atheist though, an invisible man in the sky is much more believable than her 89lb fighting female character in Arthur being able to take on multiple 250lb+ guys at the same time and win"

I saw that movie recently, and I thought the same thing. Also, her little Xena warrior princess costume was so realistic. /s

34 posted on 05/06/2012 12:26:31 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: InHisService

The freaky part is that she feels guilty. Why? She can harm anyone she likes without guilt, because there is no punishment when there is no good and no evil.

She can be wantonly cruel, vicious, sadistic and vile. As an atheist the only punishment or even feelings she needs to concern herself with are those of other people, unless she can evade those as well.

If she wants, she can buy infants and bash their brains out on rocks. She can give boxes of poisoned candies to elderly people living in nursing homes.

She is free of God, but also free from morality and ethics. She can live as an animal if she chooses, and remake herself as a monster.


35 posted on 05/06/2012 12:32:45 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: BenLurkin

I would spank her nightly for agreeing to be in `Domino.’
She’s so skinny she could bathe in a shotgun barrel, kind of from the Ann Coulter school of modeling. Btw Ann C’s latest on immigration ain’t half bad. Hey look—a squirrel!

ZOOT, DINGO and KIERA: Welcome gentle Sir knight, welcome to the Castle Anthrax.


36 posted on 05/06/2012 12:33:42 PM PDT by tumblindice ("A gramme is better than a damn," said Lenina ... from behind her hands. "I wish I had my soma!")
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To: InHisService

There was no mention of Catholicism specifically. I’m pretty used to the Catholic-bashing, but in this case it was just the general “Christian,” and while Catholics fall into that category, I wouldn’t call it anti-Catholic even if she really did mean to slight anyone who’s Christian.

She’s two years older than I am, and the Monica Lewinsky thing was a pretty big deal. I’m guessing she knows about the scandal, especially since the Europeans tend to think Clinton is the savior of the world (unless they think Obama is the savior of the world) and make a huge deal about how puritanical Americans are for trying to impeach Clinton for his escapades (they willfully fail to understand that he committed perjury). But I am betting she knows nothing about Newt and just took the guy’s word on how Newt behaves (and if she doesn’t know anything about Newt, she certainly doesn’t know what denomination he belongs to).

I’m not trying to say she’s fantastic and how dare anyone criticize her, because she is definitely a liberal who thinks America is a backwards conservative wasteland. She’s far too willing to take anything that supports that viewpoint at face value, because she’s a sheep. I just think she’s been taken out of context in this case.


37 posted on 05/06/2012 12:34:18 PM PDT by lymelady (Pro-life: Because I passed biology and history.)
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To: InHisService

One does not seek deep religious insights from an airhead anorexic borderline.


38 posted on 05/06/2012 12:41:53 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: InHisService

She just snarked at Christians for believing in forgiveness. Finds it a convenient out. So, what’s her punishment for doing bad things as an atheist? She says ‘if only’. Atheists have guilt? Why? They don’t believe in God, so they can’t believe in right or wrong or sin. So ignorant of Christianity it’s pitiful. I pity your ignorance of grace, Keira.


39 posted on 05/06/2012 12:52:06 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: InHisService

OK. I won’t forgive her.


40 posted on 05/06/2012 12:59:27 PM PDT by mom.mom
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
If she wants, she can buy infants and bash their brains out on rocks. She can give boxes of poisoned candies to elderly people living in nursing homes.

Of course, according to orthodox Christianity, she can do all that s**t for fifty years, then come to Jesus, and everything's cool.

As opposed to any of those old folks she poisoned....if any of them lived a polite, law abiding life for eighty years, but to their dying day remained honest doubters about God, well, they be fryin' for all eternity!

41 posted on 05/06/2012 1:18:17 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: InHisService
listened to believers telling you that they hold the high moral ground and that without belief atheists have no morals and can do whatever they wish.

The King is set on the throne in spite of the opposition from the heathen (Ps. 2:5-6). Where there is no king, everyone makes his for her own rules and standards. Before God gave a king to the Israelites, "everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judg. 17:6). Those who are not submitted to the king have their own system of how to live. There are many philosophies of living that are accepted, and many of them are in rebellion to the rule of God. The reign of God is in the hearts of men.God's law is placed in our hearts through the new covenant.God rules us through the establishment of His law in the heart.

42 posted on 05/06/2012 1:19:39 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: InHisService
This is from Interview magazine. It's not really much of a magazine. I mean, you can buy it if you want, but the "interviews" in it aren't something you can take seriously, are they?

Isn't the whole thing just a vehicle to sell clothing and accessories? I mean more than even those magazines like Vogue and Elle. The "interviews" like this one are just mindless and pointless conversations between nitwits intended to break up the pages of fashion photos.

Cronenberg had Gingrich on his mind for some reason and Kiera follows him there. Then he has something about Christians to air and she comes back with being an atheist. It's not like she went into the conversation gunning for Republicans or evangelicals.

43 posted on 05/06/2012 1:19:44 PM PDT by x
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To: skeeter
Actor Keira Nightly Theres a guy named Keira Nightly who also acts? What an odd coincidence

I believe that in show biz circles, actor describes either sex and actress is only used if absolutely necessary to differentiate for a purpose.

44 posted on 05/06/2012 1:41:14 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: lymelady
I know a few born-again Christians who absolutely believe that they can sin as much as they want as long as they ask God for forgiveness (but with intent to sin again).

I know Catholics like that who say they'll just go to confession, blah, blah, blah.
45 posted on 05/06/2012 1:50:16 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: Notary Sojac

Doesn’t quite work that way. The Orthodox churches would prefer that even after 50 years of monstrosity you stopped, for any reason, but about all they could do would be to praise you for stopping.

They note the ambiguity of heaven deciding to forgive you or not, since they can’t tell if you really mean to repent or not. Plus, you are in no way pardoned from Earthly punishments for your misdeeds.

So the bottom line is that they are glad you stopped, and hope heaven recognizes your true repentance if you have any, and if you’re going to prison followed by death and condemnation, that’s just a darned shame.

No “Get Out Of Hell Free” card, though. At least from them.


46 posted on 05/06/2012 1:55:11 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: InHisService

Many atheists think they know everything about religious people but this just proves - once again - they have no idea what they are talking about. They believe their intellect is flawless and they’ve got it all figured out. Their assumptions they have about everything can’t possibly be wrong.

Her assumption that because we ask for forgiveness, we have no guilt, is her fatal logic flaw. People can still feel guilt about something even when we know we are forgiven. We retain memory of what we’ve done. It isn’t magic or memory-erasing. that is part of what we still have to live with. We live with it for multiple reasons, namely to help us not do it again, or in the case of inaction, to not let us be inactive again.

It is sad really that some people who have nothing to do with religion think they know more about it than those in it. Nobody says it makes you perfect. Nobody says it vanishes all your daily problems. Nobody says you have to follow everything perfectly. But there’s a difference in trying to instead of actively opposing those trying to.

It’s the typical atheist statements like hers that show just how close-minded and rigid these secular, “open minded”, “free thinking” individuals truly are (not).


47 posted on 05/06/2012 1:58:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: terycarl

Yes, and the current fashion of blurring distinctions between genders irritates me to no end.


48 posted on 05/06/2012 2:08:47 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

48 posts and no picture.

Oh well.


49 posted on 05/06/2012 2:10:10 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Would you rather eat dog food or cat food? Guess it's Romney 2012.)
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To: InHisService
All this is an accident, Kiera.

Honest.

50 posted on 05/06/2012 2:13:29 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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