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The Catholic League Is Cautiously Hopeful About 'Black Jesus'

"If the goal is to lure young people to take a closer look at Jesus, the Son of God, that is noble… But if so, it is not a good sociological sign: Must we debase Jesus to make him real? It will be interesting to see how the show develops, and how the audience reacts to the Jesus message, however twisted his delivery."

- President of the Catholic League Bill Donahue addresses Adult Swim's new show Black Jesus in an official statement calling the show's depiction of Jesus a "mixed bag" who has "many redeeming qualities."

Stephen Colbert Made Some Great Catholic Jokes Last Night

Famous Catholic Stephen Colbert gave the keynote at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner last night, a notorious white-tie charity dinner hosted by the Archbishop of New York, currently Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Colbert is the first comedian to give the keynote since Bob Newhart in 1999, and he was well-prepared. Here are a couple of the choicest quotes:

"I am proud to be America's most famous Catholic. And I'm sure the cardinal is thinking, 'Stephen, pride is a sin.' Well, cardinal, so is envy, so we're even."

On Al Smith, who ran for president in 1928 and is how honored by the annual dinner:

Al Smith was "the first [...]

Ricky Gervais Irrefutably Proves Atheism to Strangers on Twitter

Oh, did you know Ricky Gervais was an atheist? Me neither! It's not like he's always talking about it. He's currently embroiled in a verbal sparring match with a Twitter user named @GodsWordIsLaw, a representative for Minnesota's Christians for a Moral World. Sigh. It is a thankless job, but someone has to permanently and single-handedly dismantle every Christian person's beliefs, one by one, via a 140-character microblogging platform.

Jesus, You're Funny: 'Black Jesus' and the Long History of Comedic Messiahs

Wherever Aaron McGruder goes, controversy follows. Black Jesus, McGruder's new live-action Adult Swim show starring Gerald "Slink" Johnson as the title character, debuts tonight amid criticisms from Christians of what they view to be blasphemous material, based not on screenings of full episodes but on footage from an extended trailer Adult Swim posted on July 18.

McGruder's last show, the just-recently-ended Boondocks, offended practically everybody. Conservatives objected to The Boondocks' raunchy material, progressives found the show to be misogynist and homophobic, a few of the show's satirical targets didn't take kindly to being satirized and threatened to sue either McGruder or Adult Swim, and Boondocks viewers were offended [...]

When God and Comedy Meet: Stephen Colbert on Christianity

When he was a young actor in Chicago, Stephen Colbert stood offstage waiting for his scene. He nervously watched an actor perform the bit he was supposed to do next: Tossing a Ritz Cracker into his mouth and calling it "The Body of Christ." Colbert, a devout Catholic since childhood, found the joke blasphemous and refused. As he told a packed crowd of 3,000 Fordham University students, faculty, and clergy last Friday, the director was furious. Almost thirty years later, however, abstaining has worked in Colbert's favor: Besides being a major television star, he was kibitzing about piety with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while the director "was part of a [...]

Happy Easter From Ricky Gervais!

What would Easter be without Peeps, plastic grass and Ricky Gervais-as-Criss Angel ripping apart every fiber of your spiritual understanding? In celebration of the upcoming holy day, Ricky Gervais' Easter message "Why I'm a good Christian" breaks down point-by-point why he is in fact a better Christian than most, despite, you know, not actually believing in Christ. Essentially a follow-up to Ricky Gervais' Christmas message, "Why I'm an atheist," the Extras star dominates the Ten Commandments and miraculously comes away with a 10 out of 10. I only scored a 9 out of 10, but if you saw my neighbor's ox, you'd understand.

Due to a Clerical Error, There's Now a Catholic Church on George Carlin Way

It's been three years in the making, but a bill was finally signed into law today to name part of a Manhattan street after late comedian George Carlin. Only a one-block portion of the street was supposed to be named George Carlin Way, but, because of a clerical error, a two-block stretch will be given the name and that second block includes both Carlin's childhood home and Corpus Christi Church. Priests at the church have opposed the plan to rename the street for years and that's why the decision was made to not name Corpus Christi's block after Carlin, a proud atheist who often goofed on religion in [...]

Stephen Colbert: Laughing with, Not at, Religion

"The brilliance of The Colbert Report is its refusal to dismiss or denigrate the religion with jokes that equate faith with idiocy or churchgoing with bovine surrender. Instead Colbert attempts to extricate what he sees as the essential message of Christianity from the piles of intellectual rot and political carpet bags that have been piled on and around it in the last 10 years." – The LA Times on Stephen Colbert's brilliant walking of the tightrope that is religion.

Ricky Gervais' Argument for Atheism

In this weekend's Wall Street Journal, Ricky Gervais wrote a long, non-comedic piece on why he's an atheist. You're not going to get many laughs out of it, but it's a really interesting and well-reasoned read. Anyways, not everything needs to be funny, you animals. Why don't you try not hiding behind humor for once??

In any case, here's a taste: As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a god. I don’t think there is a god, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights [...]