I like Stephen Colbert, but recently I was watching his interviews with the comedian Ricky Gervais on, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” and I found myself getting annoyed to the point of angry. In almost every interview with Gervais, Colbert brings up God. Gervais is a self proclaimed atheist, and Colbert can not seem to let it go. Whether it’s debating the existence of God, or about religion vs science, in each interview Colbert can’t seem to help himself from bringing up Gervais choice to be an atheist to the point that it’s almost offensive. I’m offended and I’m not even an atheist.
Colbert is what I like to call a God pusher. He is someone that can’t handle the idea that there is someone out there that doesn’t believe in a God, and will stop at nothing to try and convince that person otherwise. I know someone like this in my life. Recently I was going through a hard time and decided to reach out to that person, honestly because that person is funny and I could have used a good laugh. However, that is far from the conversation that unfolded. God God and more God. I understand that I was voicing hardships, but sometimes you just want someone to listen and offer advice that is not solely grounded in turning to God for help and answers. I wish I would have counted the amount of times God was dropped in the conversation. I love and appreciate this person, but sometimes too much God can just be too much. I had to get off the phone.
I’ve written about hyper religious people in the past, and some readers get irked, but there is a difference between a hyper religious person, and a God pusher. A God pusher can’t grabble with the idea that someone doesn’t believe in God, and will stop at nothing to push their beliefs on you. It has been my experience that there is not much you can do when you are met with a God pusher cause even Colbert can’t seem to contain himself on live national television when faced with an atheist. When I come across these people, I have to check myself and make sure that I don’t confront them on their behavior. I have to make a desperate attempt to change the subject which is exhausting and often a total waste of effort. Sometimes sympathy and respect for their mission sets in, and I’ll engage but soon realize that there is no winning when faced with a God pusher. It is best to just walk away, hang up the phone, don’t respond to an email cause when it comes to a God pusher, that’s all they’ll do – push.
Now, if you blow up after reading this article chances are you are a God pusher. However, in conclusion, here are some of my favorite Gervais quotes with regards to atheism:
- “I see Atheists are fighting and killing each other again, over who doesn’t believe in any God the most. Oh, no..wait.. that never happens.”
- “It’s a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It’s the opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.”
- “The existence of God is not subjective. He either exists or he doesn’t. It’s not a matter of opinion. You can have your own opinions. But you can’t have your own facts.”
- “As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a God. I don’t think there is a God, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a God. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different God, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are.”