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'''Penn Jillette''' (born March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachussets) is the taller, more vocal half of comedy magic act Penn & Teller.  He has been an outspoken atheist and champion of freethinker causes for thirty years.
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'''Penn Jillette''' (born March 5, 1955, in Greenfield, Massachussets) is the taller, more vocal half of comedy [[magic]] act Penn & Teller.  He has been an outspoken [[atheist]] and champion of [[freethinker]] causes for thirty years.
  
Recently Jillette was featured on NPR's ''This I Believe'' program, where he laid out his convictions in no uncertain terms:
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Recently Jillette was featured on [[Wikipedia:National Public Radio|NPR]]'s ''[[Wikipedia:This I Believe|This I Believe]]'' program, where he laid out his convictions in no uncertain terms:
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{{quote|This I believe: I believe there is no [[God]].  Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough. But it's everything in the world, and everything in the world is plenty for me.}}
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For more, see [[There Is No God]].
  
:''"This I believe: I believe there is no [[God]].  Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it's everything in the world and everything in the world is plenty for me."''  For more, see [[There Is No God]] under [[Essays & Articles]].
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Jillette and his partner, [[Teller]], have expressed distaste for many traditional magic acts; they believe these acts insult audiences by pretending the magic is real.
  
Penn and his partner [[Teller]] have expressed distaste for many traditional magic acts; they believe these acts insult audiences by pretending the magic is real.
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The cable TV show ''[[Bullshit!]]'', which Penn & Teller produce and host, is in its fourth season on [[Wikipedia:Showtime|Showtime]].  The show attempts to entertain while exposing frauds, debunking [[myth]]s and slaying sacred cows.  Show topics have included [[ESP]], [[cryptozoology]], alternative medicine, [[creationism]], [[ghost]] hunters and alien abductions.  In one of the more controversial episodes, ''Holier than Thou'', the show was critical of [[Wikipedia:Mahatma Gandhi|Mahatma Gandhi]], the [[Wikipedia:Dalai Lama|Dalai Lama]] and [[Wikipedia:Mother Theresa|Mother Theresa]], who they claimed spent donated funds on missionary work rather than health care facilities.  The program has been nominated for six [[Wikipedia:Emmy award|Emmys]] and praised by critics and freethinkers alike.
  
The cable TV show ''[[Bullshit!]]'', which Penn & Teller produce and host, is in its fourth season on Showtime.  The show attempts to entertain while exposing frauds, debunking myths and slaying sacred cows.  Show topics have included [[ESP]], [[cryptozoology]], alternative medicine, [[creationism]], [[ghost]] hunters and alien abductions.  In one of the more controversial episodes, ''Holier than Thou'', the show was critical of Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and [[Mother Theresa]].  The show claimed the beatified nun spent donated funds on missionary work rather than healthcare facilities.  The program has been nominated for six Emmys and praised by critics and freethinkers alike.
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Jillette also hosts an hour-long radio show, five days a week, broadcast out of his home in Las Vegas.
 
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Penn also hosts an hour-long radio show five days a week, broadcast out of his home in Las Vegas.
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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* [http://www.pennandteller.com/ Penn & Teller home page]
* [http://www.pennandteller.com/ Penn and Teller home page]
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* [http://penn.freefm.com/ Penn's radio show home page]
* [http://penn.freefm.com/ Penn radio show home page]
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* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5015557 Jillette's ''This I Believe'' segment]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5015557 "This I Believe" segment]
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[[Category:People]]
 
[[Category:People]]
 
[[Category:Atheists]]
 
[[Category:Atheists]]

Revision as of 10:58, 7 May 2007

Penn Jillette (born March 5, 1955, in Greenfield, Massachussets) is the taller, more vocal half of comedy magic act Penn & Teller. He has been an outspoken atheist and champion of freethinker causes for thirty years.

Recently Jillette was featured on NPR's This I Believe program, where he laid out his convictions in no uncertain terms:

"This I believe: I believe there is no God. Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough. But it's everything in the world, and everything in the world is plenty for me."

For more, see There Is No God.

Jillette and his partner, Teller, have expressed distaste for many traditional magic acts; they believe these acts insult audiences by pretending the magic is real.

The cable TV show Bullshit!, which Penn & Teller produce and host, is in its fourth season on Showtime. The show attempts to entertain while exposing frauds, debunking myths and slaying sacred cows. Show topics have included ESP, cryptozoology, alternative medicine, creationism, ghost hunters and alien abductions. In one of the more controversial episodes, Holier than Thou, the show was critical of Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa, who they claimed spent donated funds on missionary work rather than health care facilities. The program has been nominated for six Emmys and praised by critics and freethinkers alike.

Jillette also hosts an hour-long radio show, five days a week, broadcast out of his home in Las Vegas.

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