A survey by Las Vegas Weekly names magicianand outspoken atheistPenn Jillette to be the top of the list of “personalities who define Vegas” . In an interview with the magazine, Jillette explain why on his cable television show, he attacks some religious groups and avoids other:
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 ScientologistsI’m not sure. And we haven’t tackled Islam because we have families.
Meaning, you wont attack Islam because youre afraid itll attack back . . . Right, and I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that youre afraid to talk about itI cant think of anything more horrific.
Of course, it might please some Islamic fundamentalists to hear you say that you wont talk about them because youre afraid . . . It might, but you have to say what you believe, even it if pleases somebody you disagree withthat issue comes up all the time in moral discourse.
You do go after Christians, though . . . Teller and I have been brutal to Christians, and their response shows that theyre good f***ing 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. Theyre 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.
(Via: Reason )