In case you missed Family Guy last night (like I did because Jim Gaffigan‘s stand-up special was on Comedy Central and that man is awesome), Brian officially came out as an atheist. Incidentally, Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the show, is also an atheist.
The show is available on Hulu (sorry, non-Americans!) and the best bits are timestamped below.
Kirk Cameron makes an appearance and converts Meg (sadly, there was no Ray Comfort banana parody):
Brian tells his family he’s an atheist and has to face their (expected) reactions:
Later, Brian gets found out by the general public (and the Mayor insults Islam):
Finally, Meg takes Brian to a book-burning only to have Brian talk her out of her faith. The moral of the story comes through wonderfully at the end:
Obviously, they’re focusing on fundamentalist Christianity and anyone who evangelizes constantly. Is it reminiscent of most Christians? In my experience, no.
But I thought the portrayal of atheists was fairly spot on. Telling others you’re an atheist causes many religious people to overreact, atheists face de facto discrimination in places you would never imagine, and there is a beauty in not knowing all the answers and trying to discover them on our own.
What did you think?