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Penn Jillette: “We haven’t tacked Islam because we have families”

by Dr. D ~ July 21st, 2010

Penn Jillette at Rio Las Vegas
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Last month in a magazine interview Penn Jillette of the famed Penn and Teller comedy duo admitted that there were certain religious groups that they will never go after in their hard hitting TV comedy shows.

First of all  “Scientology because Showtime doesn’t want us to.” and Islam because..well guess why:

Q: Are there any groups you won’t go after?

A: We haven’t tackled Scientology because Showtime doesn’t want us to.

Maybe they have deals with individual Scientologists—I’m not sure.

And we haven’t tacked Islam because we have families.

Q: Meaning, you won’t attack Islam because you’re afraid it’ll attack back

A: … Right, and I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you’re afraid to talk about it—I can’t think of anything more horrific.

Q: Of course, it might please some Islamic fundamentalists to hear you say that you won’t talk about them because you’re afraid

A: … It might, but you have to say what you believe, even it if pleases somebody you disagree with—that issue comes up all the time in moral discourse.

Response: There you have it, another admission that Islam is off limits. Fear, intimidation, and Islamic terrorism have definitely won out in the Western media. Penn goes on to say that they freely attack Christianity because most of those folks are really nice in the way that they respond.

That demonstrates a very different cultural perception and expectation of Islam as compared with Christianity. Our experiences with Islamic terrorism have brought on a change in how most folk now view Islam in the West.

Notice what he says about Islam: “…I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you’re afraid to talk about it—I can’t think of anything more horrific.”

Amen Penn, but you should be aware that according to conventional wisdom and PC understanding, Islam is ‘the religion of peace’. Fact is there are thousands of wonderful folks that are Muslims and wouldn’t hurt a fly. However if only 10% of the Billion or so Muslims around the world are radical that would be 100 million or so to be worried about.

Some of those very fine moderate Muslims need to stand up and take back their religion.

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