Jon Stewart, Religion Teacher Extraordinaire | Religion & Politics - http://religionandpolitics.org/2012...
Jon Stewart, Religion Teacher Extraordinaire | Religion & Politics
"Except for Jon Stewart, that is. The secular Jewish comedian, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, covers religion often, but more important, he covers it well. Stewart seems to genuinely enjoy interviewing religious figures, whether of the left (like Sojourners magazine’s Jim Wallis) or the right (like pseudo-historian, political advisor and textbook consultant David Barton). Some of The Daily Show’s best sketches deal with religion, and his writers and multi-ethnic cast — including one of the few recognizable Muslim comedians in America, Aasif Mandvi — frequently move beyond satire. They are often funny, but just as often smart." - Micah from Bookmarklet
"Above all, however, Stewart and his writers do two things that make them unique on popular television. First, they cover — and yes, I would say “cover,” not just satirize or mock — a wide range of religions. If you watched only The Daily Show, you would nonetheless learn, in time, about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and a whole spectrum of smaller faiths, a category that I would argue includes atheism. And second, they pay attention to points of theology that more traditional news and talk shows skip over. Using chunks of time that would be unthinkable on a network newscast — six minutes for a segment on Mormonism! — The Daily Show teaches the finer points of belief, mining them for humor but at the same time serving a real educational function." - Micah
1. there is a level of stupidity in any kind of faith including atheism 2. atheism and agnosticism could be completely different - ؛ patrick
Well, the important thing is that you've found a way to feel superior to all of them, patrick :) http://xkcd.com/774/ - Eivind
'But you're using that same tactic to try to feel superior to me, too!' 'Sorry, that accusation expires after one use per conversation.' [the xkcd alt text] :) - Micah
I love that clause :D - Eivind
That clause is looking for sainthood, you might say. - Micah