Post by Gary
When it comes to religion -- I am agnostic. IMO -- you have to be just as much
a "true believer" to be an atheist as you do to be a "southern baptist".
"...If you absolutely forced me to bet on the existence of a conventional
anthropomorphic deity, of course I'd bet no. But, basically, Huxley was right
when he said that agnosticism is the only honorable position because we really
cannot know. And that's right. I'd be real surprised if there turned out to be a
I read some of his bio above and it dawned on me.
My first guess was right.
Raised in a secular Jewish home, Gould did not formally practice religion and preferred to be called an agnostic. When asked directly if he was an agnostic in Skeptic magazine, he responded:
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To me when I hear someone called a "secular Jew" it means he is
ashamed to be Jewish and rather than be called Jewish, it
is easier to just tell folks you are an agnostic or even
atheist. Many a Jewish immigrant tried to wash-off their
heritage and hope they were passable.
"I ain't no damned ole Jew".
There are even some blacks who attempt to do that
but their denial is too visible. But Jews have the
double whammy of being a practicing religious Jew or never
the less Jewish by race.
You can argue til the cows come home that Jews are not a race,
where does the expression come from: "Funny he doesn't look
Jewish?" Jews can recognize other Jews faster than we can.
So be ashamed of the whole 9 yards of anti-antisemitism,
you can avoid all that by declaring you are an agnostic
Bill Maher has spent his entire "acting"comedian career
hating being Jewish, so he just claims to hate all
religions, so all the bases are covered.