Penn Jillette: Why Reading Any Of The Holy Books Will Turn You Into A Non-Believer
How one famous magician turned atheist by reading the Bible.
There are stories in these books that are terrifying, unbelievable, and downright weird. Want proof?
Here’s a quote from Genesis, in the King James version of the Bible:
But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
Ummm ... yeah. "Rape my daughters, please!"
Here's what Penn Jillette has to say about turning into an atheist:
(Note that this was filmed in 2010, so his reference to "gay rights" at the end? Yeah, we've handled a bunch of that.)
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