Friday, January 21, 2011

Ricky Gervais on Piers Morgan

Comedian Ricky Gervais appeared on “Piers Morgan Tonight” to talk about his “controversial” stint hosting the Golden Globes.

Of course, atheism came up in conversation.

Gervais says that religious people shouldn’t be offended at his recent atheism joke. After all, he doesn’t get offended when they thank a god in their acceptance speeches.

Gervais added that religious people “haven’t got the monopoly on good.”

This is why it’s a boon to have strong spokespeople for our outlook. Gervais appears calm, sincere, and certainly not anti-religious or angry. He’s just stating the facts as he sees them and he sounds like he genuinely can’t understand what all the uproar is about.

If you haven't seen the full interview I strongly suggest you try and find it. It's definitely worth watching.

At one point in the interview he said something that I just loved. He says that nobody has the right to not be offended, and just because you're offended doesn't mean you're in the right. Lots of people are offended by mixed marriage, it doesn't mean they're right.

He went on to say something about how religious people don't believe in all the other Gods out there. He was getting very close to saying that everyone is an atheist, and that he's just an atheist to 1 more God than all the Christians. Sadly, it got cut to commercial break before he could make that point.

Another fascinating part of the interview that I had never known about Gervais is that he does not have an official marriage to his wife. He has been with his wife for 25 years but they have never had an official ceremony or a legal marriage. Everything they own is in both their names, and they feel no need to get a certificate that says they are united in the eyes of God. I was particularly moved by this since I've never liked the idea of getting a legal document that binds me to my spouse. If I truely love someone and want to be with them for the rest of my life, I think it would be more meaningful of we stayed together without having a legally binding contract of marriage.


  1. He's one of the best spokesmen for atheism out there.

  2. then who's the best spokesmen for Christianity?

  3. That man is a genius.
    Calm, intelligent, witty... The man!
    Following and supporting!

  4. LOL @ the pic. Although i think the caption should be "I aint even mad" :)

  5. The pic is killer :D I think he made a lot of people mad :)


  6. Sounds like he makes some very good points. Luckily over here in the UK it doesn't seem like athiesm is as big a deal, or at least I haven't heard of people making a fuss about it.

  7. That was a great interview thanks for sharing it

  8. After 25 years he's walked the walk.

  9. I'd never thought of all religious people as atheist - 1. Great concept.

  10. heh, religion always complicates things