Penn Jillette: “There is no God”

Penn JilletteComedian Penn Jillette was on NPR a few weeks ago and gave an oratory on why he doesn’t believe in God (via Kottke). Normally wouldn’t bother posting this, even though Jillette is an upstanding libertarian, but it seems we’ve been on the religion kick here at Hammer of Truth for the past few weeks and I figured I’d join in:

[A]nyone with a love for truth outside of herself has to start with no belief in God and then look for evidence of God. She needs to search for some objective evidence of a supernatural power. All the people I write e-mails to often are still stuck at this searching stage. The atheism part is easy.

But, this “This I Believe” thing seems to demand something more personal, some leap of faith that helps one see life’s big picture, some rules to live by. So, I’m saying, “This I believe: I believe there is no God.”

His views should in no way indicate a generalized view held by libertarians, but I have to wonder if the Libertarian Party is leading the political pack in overall percentage of atheist members.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. As an atheist I know many other atheists (small community), and I can tell you that a great percentage of them are NOT Libertarians (Althought I have tried to recruit them).

    All the atheist forums and people I have met cover the political specturm… although my personal experience tells me that a slight majority are Democrat.

    Regardless, does it matter what belief (or lack of) a voter has? I get the feeling that this post is more concern than curiosity.

  2. I had prepared a lengthy reply to the “Intelligent Design” posting but reconsidered. It would have been in the pattern of “what I believe and why” as decried by Jillette in his article, although he was writing on what he believed and why.

    I am dismayed and appalled by the level of anger and arrogance shown by some (certainly not all) atheists toward those believing in religion or faith in many of those ID posts and comments (and vice versa). Jillette’s comments are thoughtful and considerate and display a healthy outward focus.

    No statistics, but I agree anecdotally that the Libertarian Party has a higher proportion of atheists, probably because it has a higher proportion of rationalists and objectivists.

    OT: Does HoT have a list of categories posted (on homepage or on archives page) other than looking through the “categories filed under” next to the post date and time stamp?

  3. Dan, to reply to your OT:

    Not currently, I am actually working on a new version of the site and am not doing any major additions to the current HoT software. I will be switching the category system to a smart tagging system and creating pools very similar to how Flickr works (and with a tag viewer page).

  4. OpenTorrent here OT for short! ;-)

    Regardless, does it matter what belief (or lack of) a voter has? I get the feeling that this post is more concern than curiosity.

    I would say that religion plays a large role in modern politics, because the Republicans and Democrats use it as a means to sway voters into their camp. I think it is a crock, but hey who am I but a simple man. I would much rather politics focus on REAL issues rather than that of a mystical nature.

    Personally I think that religion is and should always be “personal” as in…. keep it to yourself! This is not to say that you can not publicly practice your chosen religion, you should however respect others for having their own or lack thereof… they respect you enough to allow you to do the same. At least they should, and afterall if they do not are you not supposed to “turn the other cheek”!?

    BTW, a somewhat popular compilation of short stories demands that non-believers be killed…