Denzel Washington throws Atheists under the bus.
I just watched a video interview from the today show of Denzel talking about his new film "Safe House." He tells interviewer Matt Lauer about the research he did for his character. In doing so he casually throws out something he learned from a book on sociopaths.... that they're "usually Atheist!" I'm not a psychologist or a criminal profiler, so I don't know if there's any truth to that and quite frankly it's irrelevant. Throwing a misleading statement like that out there only reinforces any and all negative stereotypes against us. Considering that non-religious people make up around 14% of the US population and only less than 2% of the prison population it is extremely unfair to paint us with that brush. Just another ignorant person with a mic in his hand talking out of his ass, making us look like scum.
From the interview
"I read this book called 'The Sociopath Next Door,' and that was like my Bible, that I related to," he told TODAY's Matt Lauer. "The traits of a sociopath: No conscience, no sense of remorse, usually atheist, just always want to win, dominate.... He's about to get waterboarded and he's telling the guy he brought the wrong towels. He's still trying to win."
Atheists may not appreciate being lumped in with sociopaths, but Washington is unapologetic about the film's violence: "It's rated 'R' and it is what it is. It's an intense film, it's not a comedy."
I'm trying to figure out where to comment on this where Mr. Washington will see it, but sadly the article didn't have a comment section and his twitter acct. is unused. Not that it will do any good, but I think I'll send a quick email to the Today show.
"They always say the same thing; 'But evolution is only a theory!!' Which is true, I guess, and it's good they say that I think, it gives you hope that they feel the same about the theory of Gravity and they might just float the f**k away."