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What annoys you most about atheism?

Anytime you get a movement together it’s going to be full of arseholes – the atheist argument can be just as trite as intelligent design.

Either we created god or god created us. Regardless, something miraculous occurred.

Are there parallels between religion and atheism?

Those dicks on marches trying to cram this shit down everyone’s throats are just as bad as the Christians. As a movement they have a book in The God Delusion, a figurehead in Richard Dawkins, and they’re trying to change the world according to their book – like Christianity. But say that and you’re thrown in the Bible camp.

It can be as intolerant as Christianity…

Yes, but Richard Dawkins doesn’t take on Professor Phil Davies anymore, because last time he gave him a run for his money.

So he takes on creationists, but anyone who feels smug for pointing out the Bible isn’t real deserves having the piss taken out of them.

If you look at the American presidential election, religious affiliation is at the forefront of it, but I am proud of the fact that here in Europe a politician’s career would be over if they dared bring up god.

What do you call yourself?

At a push I am an agnostic pantheist, and this is what the whole show was about, trying to find what I thought and believed in.

You were brought up Catholic – when did you begin to question it?

Probably when I was nine! I had an argument with a priest. He insisted on taking my confession and I got sent home because I said: “No, you first.” I couldn’t stand him and knew he was a reprehensible human being.

Have you been surprised by reactions among your peers?

You’d think the comedy community is all in the atheist camp, but a lot of people have said to me that they’re pleased I am taking the piss out of atheism, as it’s rarely questioned.

I wasn’t arguing from an academic standpoint but speaking emotionally from the heart.

 

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