Before we get to Joss, does Norm McDonald believe in God? Hmmmm. Can’t tell. He only admitted to being religious. Nobody’s more religiously fanatical than Global Warmists, and they don’t all think that Gaea is literally alive.
Anyway, behold the epic religious “point/counterpoint” that ensued!
(Atheist) You are a fellow Canuck, your brother works for the ?#CBC, you cant be religious!
MacDonald responded: Of course I am. Most people are.
One atheist tweeted: Religion is the worst thing to ever happen to this planet.
MacDonald: That’s about as stupid a comment as I’ve ever heard
Another atheist: Religion has also caused more human deaths than any one thing ever.
MacDonald: Nonsense. Heart disease. You cannot be that stupid. It is impossible. Must be joking.
Even after other fans of Macdonald defended him, he backed away this morning.
Man. Just…man. Nobody comes out looking good, do they? One of the three atheists did try logic: “Canadian nationality plus media-employed brother equals you can’t be religious!” The other two go with accusations so old and predictable that parrots and myna birds couldn’t choke them out.
Whereupon, MacDonald acts as if he’s never heard them before. Is that possible? At first I thought this was a masterpiece of baiting. “Nonsense. Heart disease.” I was waiting for “you’re saying religion is worse than reality television?! Ha ha! Pull the other one!”
But no. Atheists kept pelting him with mockery and, being a puny social animal, he broke under it. Bah. That’s so pathetic. So now part of me hopes Norm isn’t a deist, and most especially isn’t a Christian. Which is terrible, of course. But embarrassing allies are much more troubling than exemplary opponents.
Unlike Norm MacDonald, Joss Whedon isn’t embarrassed or lukewarm about his cause, and human beings would love him on their side. I wouldn’t, obviously, but I still appreciate his storytelling. The Avengers was awesome entertainment. I wonder if you agree with me, as to its most surprising moment?
That actually startled me in the theater. It’s one thing to refrain from insulting Christians. Most…well, much…of Hollywood does that. Well…some. Some of Hollywood doesn’t spit contempt at millions of potential customers. Whedon is among that tolerant minority. He obviously doesn’t care for religion, but can see the good in people who do.
But it’s one thing to be respectful of a faith you don’t share, it’s quite another to give it a Moment of Awesome. Which is what startled me in that scene. Monotheism, “God”, got a Moment of Awesome. It was a perfect line with a perfect setup in a perfect setting by the perfect speaker.
So Sunday I watched the Avengers again, while running Whedon’s commentary. I was pretty sure Whedon’s an atheist (again, this being a major clue) and I also knew, just knew, that he would talk about that “only one God” moment. It’s just so darn far out of Hollywood’s comfort zone.
And yep, Joss is not lukewarm. He took pains to point out that Captain America was only sharing Captain America’s belief, not the director’s. Whedon actually interrupted himself while claiming to be an atheist, to fervently proclaim himself an avowed atheist.
You see the difference between Whedon and MacDonald? It’s lukewarmity. Lukewarmish…ness? Commitment, then. One is “religious”, the other is an avowed atheist. An avowed atheist.
That phrase! It’s driving me mad! Mad! Mad!!
What does an atheist swear to?