Religious consideration through stand-up comedy (or “That’s my shoe…”)


Not long ago, I was thrust into a debate about religion when a casual conversation with someone I had just met on a blind date was steered toward the topic of theology.  While I always speak my mind, I tend to subscribe to the idea that religion and politics are two areas to be avoided when you first converse with someone.  Typically, those two topics tend to lead to heated discussions, and are best saved for a time when you and the other person have had more than a single verbal encounter on which to base your acquaintance… but hey, that’s just one guy’s opinion.

This person insisted on talking about religion, extolling the virtues and righteousness of their particular denomination of Christianity.  The conversation then turned toward me, my religious beliefs, and whether or not I would consider becoming a member of that her congregation if we decided to keep dating.  I politely explained that I just try to focus on the ethical ideals that I feel makes me a good, caring, and kind person, which aren’t really specific to any one religion.  A reasonable response, no?

Apparently, my date did not agree, as she continued to talk about how I should convert to her way of thinking, despite my efforts to chance the topic.  As time went on, my inner nerd rose up from within to provide a definitive answer to my views on the topic.  I found myself saying, “The best way I can describe my views to you is to quote George Carlin, who said, Religion is like a pair of shoes… find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.‘”

Perhaps the greatest stand-up comedy joke, extolling the dangers of myopia and religious intolerance, belongs to comedian Emo Philips, who said:

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”

He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!”

Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.

About nerdodyssey

A nerd among nerds.

Posted on April 21, 2012, in Comedy, Mind Drippings, Nerd Odyssey, Nerds and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I agree with you, religion and politics are subjects to stay away from if at all possible. People just become irrational and turn into bullies. George Carlin was right. Well said.

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