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Penn Jillette: Mitt Romney is Wearing Magic Underwear (And Other Observations)

WARNING: adult language.


In this installment of Penn Jillette's Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election, the Penn and Teller illusionist (and outspoken atheist) sizes up Mitt Romney's religion, along with what he describes as the "weird deal" we make with all politicians in which we say to them:

You can say you believe bug nutty, bat shit crazy shit, and we’ll shrug it off because you’re clearly not bug nutty, bat shit crazy.  And all I want out of our politicians is for them to just say, “You know, a lot of the religious stuff I’m talking about is bug nutty, bat shit crazy, but I’m not.”

Watch Jillette's humorous, profanity-laced rant here:

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