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22-01-2015, 10:30 AM
RE: Atheism on TV
Doesn't The Simpson mock the hell out of religion? I haven't seen it in years, though use to watch it a lot when I was kid..I now sort of moved up to Family Guy..more my kind of humor.

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22-01-2015, 10:39 AM
RE: Atheism on TV
(22-01-2015 08:38 AM)nerwin Wrote:  I hope its just not me, but lately I've been noticing a slight increase of atheism on TV which is excellent. Its great that its getting out more and more. Anyways.

One of my favorite CBS show is The Good Wife and the writers have finally let us viewers know that Alicia is an atheist and she's running for state attorney. They really represented what its like running for a political office as an atheist. She had to have a interview with a priest once and of her campaign manager, Eli Gold, told her not to mention anything about her atheism because it could hurt her and she basically told the priest she was an agnostic, lol.

Her daughter plays as a Christian and she's part of a cult like group, its very weird and they pray that her mother, Alice, to come to God. Haha.

Its an awesome show and finally a show that has an atheist as a main character..its a nice treat.

The actor that plays Eli Gold, Alan Cumming is an atheist. So that's interesting.

But what is funny is when people found out that Alicia is an atheist, they stopped watching the show because of that..narrow minded people. Like religious people don't have their time to shine on TV.

Another show which has discussed atheism as being a good thing was NBC's The Blacklist..another fantastic show. Totally check it out.

What have been your favorite atheist moments on TV? You don't see it often, but I'm seeing it more often and I think its going to get better and getting atheism out there in the public eye more and more can only be a good thing and people wont be so offended by the word "Atheist".

I catch up on the seasons on Amazon prime. So, thanks for the spoiler. Wink

Having said that, I actually like the show and I do like the character of Alicia and I think one of the reasons I kept watching was the added part about her being atheist.


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22-01-2015, 02:08 PM
RE: Atheism on TV
(22-01-2015 08:38 AM)nerwin Wrote:  But what is funny is when people found out that Alicia is an atheist, they stopped watching the show because of that..narrow minded people. Like religious people don't have their time to shine on TV.

I think it's more than that. Many of them see this as an overt threat and attack. They see it as a legitimizing of secularity in America (which is bad!), the show might portray Christians in a negative light (which is bad!), and worse yet, might show atheism in a rational and positive light (which is really bad!). I think they see this as a culture war they are losing and it scares them. Many of them see this as signs of the end times, and they haven't given serious consideration to the fact that in the future, Christianity may dwindle to the point where it isn't taken any more seriously than Zoroastrianism.


(22-01-2015 08:38 AM)nerwin Wrote:  What have been your favorite atheist moments on TV?

My wife and I used to watch Numb3rs, which featured two brothers as the main characters. The older one was an FBI agent and was (presumably) Jewish, but he had doubts and wasn't very religious. The younger one was a college professor and consultant for the FBI and was atheist. He wasn't portrayed negatively, although his beliefs didn't come up often. He would scoff at things like numerology when appropriate.
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22-01-2015, 05:09 PM
RE: Atheism on TV
Orange Is the New Black has an atheist character in it. Here's a great scene from the show.

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Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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22-01-2015, 05:51 PM
RE: Atheism on TV
I watch those shows love family guy and American dad and Cleveland show. I love how they say it like it is about religion.
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22-01-2015, 05:58 PM
RE: Atheism on TV
It's a good trend in fiction shows.

I just wish it was more prevalent in documentary programs that get put on the air these days that somehow are more religious than previously.

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22-01-2015, 06:20 PM
RE: Atheism on TV
saw this on my facebook feed tonight

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22-01-2015, 06:33 PM
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(22-01-2015 09:06 AM)pablo Wrote:  Ideally I think an atheist character on a tv show would be portrayed as someone mildly outspoken only when necessary. Upbeat, charismatic, good looking, with a great sense of humor. Consider Where would one go to find such a person?

No. I hate it when people say "x under represented group should be y on television". An atheist should be presented as a normal person, because that's what we are. Like any good character, they should be deeply flawed. It's about storytelling, not about convincing people that x group is perfect.

Also: both Britta and Jeff are atheists on community.
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22-01-2015, 07:26 PM
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(22-01-2015 06:33 PM)DeadChannel Wrote:  
(22-01-2015 09:06 AM)pablo Wrote:  Ideally I think an atheist character on a tv show would be portrayed as someone mildly outspoken only when necessary. Upbeat, charismatic, good looking, with a great sense of humor. Consider Where would one go to find such a person?

No. I hate it when people say "x under represented group should be y on television". An atheist should be presented as a normal person, because that's what we are. Like any good character, they should be deeply flawed. It's about storytelling, not about convincing people that x group is perfect.

Also: both Britta and Jeff are atheists on community.

I agree, but unfortunately us atheists are always going to be the minority and while that may change someday, today people still think we eat babies. lol. I'm not going to lie though, baby back ribs are delicious.

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22-01-2015, 08:30 PM
RE: Atheism on TV
(22-01-2015 06:33 PM)DeadChannel Wrote:  
(22-01-2015 09:06 AM)pablo Wrote:  Ideally I think an atheist character on a tv show would be portrayed as someone mildly outspoken only when necessary. Upbeat, charismatic, good looking, with a great sense of humor. Consider Where would one go to find such a person?

No. I hate it when people say "x under represented group should be y on television". An atheist should be presented as a normal person, because that's what we are. Like any good character, they should be deeply flawed. It's about storytelling, not about convincing people that x group is perfect.

Also: both Britta and Jeff are atheists on community.

Psst....it was a joke.
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