Thursday, July 08, 2010
In this video clip Penn Jillette, magician and militant atheist, describes the process by which one Hasidic Jew converted to atheism, beginning from the 8:30 point in the clip. The Jew was in a strip club and had paid a stripper to dance for him. The Jew and the stripper then somehow began discussing atheism and evolution and through this he became an atheist.
Just imagine the lengths this man went to - he went out of the comfort of his home all the way to a strip club, paid a stripper for her time, discussed with her, I guess while she was nude, the existence of God and the development of life. Strippers are well known for their philosophical insights. Perhaps she sat on his lap to demonstrate her sympathy with his spiritual quest. Considering that they were able to hear each other talk and hold a lengthy conversation, I assume our heroic Hasid rented a private room to consult with the stripper. Did he have a few shots of whiskey? I don't know but it's entirely possible. And through this intense intellectual experience he discovered the truth about the universe and left his family and community. That is a man I can truly admire. Let's hope he left her a nice tip.
And I used to think Jews converting to atheism had something to do with sexual addiction! I am so sorry! My bad. I really got that wrong!
Posted by jewish philosopher at 9:02 PM