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Gervais Slams Hollywood Acceptance Speeches Thanking God

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Continuing his pop shots at the entertainment industry, Ricky Gervais has a few choice words for actors and their acceptance speeches.

A well known atheist, Gervais slams Hollywood for thanking God when they've won an award. He puts his views into perspective with his closing speech at his Golden Globes skewering last year.

Gervais ended the show with the line, "Thank you to God that I'm an atheist."

To say a few eyebrows were raised is a HUGE understatement.

The comedian said the following about his religious rip:

Let's get this in perspective: They're the wealthiest, most privileged people in the world.Imagine if I had gone out there and said, 'We're all in the same gang. Aren't we brilliant? Us millionaires together.

It was a swipe at all those people who thank God because they won an award. How arrogant is that? There's war and famine and God's going, 'Know what Bullock? Write a speech. I'm not going to say anything, Sandra, but write a speech. That's all I'm saying

What does the searing Gervais have planned next?! We can't wait to find out Sunday!

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80 comments to “Gervais Slams Hollywood Acceptance Speeches Thanking God”

  1. 1

    well they only say what their agents tell them to say
    blame the agents & their powers that be

  2. 2

    I agree with him, quite honestly. And really…I always wonder how many people thank god because they firmly believe that God gave them the talent and so on, and how many people say it to look good. It always seems tacky to me.

  3. 3

    Studies have shown as education increases, religion decreases. Just sayin..

  4. 4

    Well he's right though - even if God is real why would he care or have anything to do with actors winning awards? I mean I am surprised anyone believes that. But to each his own.

  5. 5

    Re: pdrocksmysocks – Good call.

  6. 6

    Perez - Gervais is taking POT shots, not pop shots.

  7. 7

    people are entitled to believe what they want, but if you ask me, it makes as much sense as thanking casper the ghost, the great pumpkin, edward cullen, santa, chewbacca, a mermaid, the tooth fairy, bigfoot, morpheus…. i think you get the point

  8. 8

    I hope RDJ brings his crying towel for his sensitive ears. I think Ricky was making a joke, and it is funny. I think people are just trying to say they are grateful and they know they are "lucky".

  9. 9

    If he's not careful, he's going to turn into the atheist version of Jerry Falwell. He's getting pretty obnoxious with his beliefs.

  10. 10

    i never have understood why assholes like this dickhead feel it is necessary to ridicule people's faith. all atheists i know don't care what i believe, just as i don't care what they believe. of course i do not believe in a higher power "of the BOOK" that guy is a mean nasty motherfucker, and inconsistant as hell.

  11. 11

    It's one thing to thank God that you have food on the table and a roof over your head, but I don't He's in the business of helping people win silly awards.

  12. 12

    Re: going to hell when I die – love it, good call. rabid anything is stupid. funny though people of faith believe in spite of no hard evidence, the definiyion of faith. ricky disbelieves in spite of NO PROOF, THEREFOR he has his OWN FAITH.


  13. 13

    Re: alexisonfire – It's true…

  14. 14

    Finally this dick face would never say anything about someone who got up there and thanked ALLAH,, I guess he's lucky christians don't to FATWA. Itr seems that christians are the only open subject to make fun of anymore, Can't make jokes about jews, gays,italians poles, women/blonds everyone nails you about HATE SPEECH, BUT CHRISTIANS? FIRE AWAY

  15. 15

    Re: Christina Polo – do you HAVE ANY IDEA, what your avatar means????

  16. 16

    You know…this is just irritating. Ricky demands me, as a christian, to respect the fact that he is an Atheist….yet he shows ABSOLUTELY no respect towards anyone who does believe in a god. Hypocrisy anyone?

    Also, I totally believe that God loves everyone and is totally aware of all of our needs. He loves and cares for silly celebrities who obsess about winning an oscar award just as much as he loves and cares about poor people in Africa. Thus, it is totally appropriate for any celebrity to thank god in their acceptence speech…as long as it's sincere and heartfelt. But how in the world are we to know whether or not it's sincere? We don't! Thus, It's not our place to judge!

  17. 17

    Re: raypearson

    I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING! Rick NEVER opens his mouth and says " I don't believe in Alllah or Jehovah either," because it would be considered hate speech.

  18. 18

    Re: Christina Polo – if you do not know,,, you really ought to find out.

  19. 19

    Re: raypearson – What does it mean?

  20. 20

    I agree with Gervais about that thanking god thing. I don't like it when athletes do it either. God doesn't care who wins an award, nor does he takes sides in sporting events. Still, I don't know why Gervais decided to pick on Sandra Bullock. She doesn't have a habit of doing that.

  21. 21

    Re: Justin M. – I didn't know he was demanding respect, I thought he was making a joke.

  22. 22

    The ONLY reason that I will be watching is to see what Gervais has to say. I love him. He is always spot on. Love it.

  23. 23

    Justin is totally right. Gervais is not just a atheist, he is a phobic to anyone or anything religious. Being atheist is one thing, but despising religious belief (particularly Christianity and Catholicism) and spewing your hate around when it's totally not necessary, is another. There's nothing in an actor thanking god. It doesn't affect anybody but the person. I try to thank god in everything I do, whether I win a silly little award or save Africa. It's not your problem. It's tolerance in both directions.

  24. 24

    I totally agree with his point. While I can understand people thanking God, or whatever higher power they believe in, for important things, it is absolutely ridiculous to thank him for something like fame or an award. So you're blessed or whatever because you're famous, but what about the people who are struggling greatly? Like God took the time out to get them an award, but people who are struggling can wait. And if it seems like he's only picking on Christians, it is because they are the ones at award shows who flaunt their religion. I only ever hear people thank God at award shows, so that is probably why he's pointing them out.

  25. 25

    Re: alexisonfire – You're overgeneralizing and your implication is not correct. Researchers have found evidence suggesting that people believe in God more when they are using intuitive thinking methods rather than methods that are more rigorous and critical. In mulitple studies, people who reported using more intuitive thinking in life were are also generally more likely to believe in God, as opposed those who lean towards cognitive abilities. This suggests that the difference in believing in God (or not) is in thinking styles - not IQ, and that those who favor cognitive ability are more likely to pursue post-secondary education.

  26. 26

    I'm atheist, but I could honestly care less who these people thank. I'm sure WELL over half of those people don't honestly believe what they say in their speeches. I don't really understand why all the atheist comedians care about who theists thank though… Gervais made his joke, Kathy Griffin or w/e made a joke about it at the Emmy's or something.. Whatever, it doesn't bother me, and I don't think theist should care if it does anyway. Do what you want, thank who you want; it has no effect on me!

  27. 27

    God helps people in all ways, big or small in comparison to other things. I don't know about Britain but in America we have the freedom of religious expression. That includes all types of religions, Christianity, Scientology, and has even atheism. Atheism is the belief that there is no God, everything can be explained by science, when we die we cease to exist, and also the belief that people who believe in a religion should be ridiculed.

  28. 28

    Re: G Is for Giggles – you're actually wrong about that. a rudimentary internet search will provide quotes from gervais that say he thinks each religion is the same as the other.

  29. 29

    Re: raypearson – as noted, you eill easily find gervais quotes that say he finds all religions equally silly. christianity is certainly the most pervasive in the us , so if he mentions christianity he's addressing the home team's colors.

  30. 30

    Re: mojo jojo – i do not think he is slamming the thanks to god (and he isn't mentioning a specific religion, bt the way to you sensitive christians) as religion itself, but the hubrosity of thanking god for golden globe award.

  31. 31

    if those who don't like gervais' humor directed at religion, and how can any person not understand how ripe it is for ridicule and satire, go ahead and make jokes or fun of atheism. it would be like people who believe in alien visitors making fun of those who don't

  32. 32

    Ray Pearson. You talk as if Ricky Gervais gives a two bob bit about what you have to say. the man has earnt a lot of money out of making people laugh and i doubt he gives a flying f*ck what you have to say. You have left your comments everywhere on this site, slandering Perez and anyone else who doesn't share your views. If you do no like it, go and bother someone else or better yet, get a life and stop criticising everyone else's. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and belief. Ricky has only disregarded religion in general, that includes a Jewish God and Muslim God. FYI Allah means God in Arabic. The Qu'ran is filled with the same stories as the Bible, but unfortunately, (the same with all religions) there are extremists in the Middle East, same as in western civilisations.

  33. 33

    The celebs are of course free to thank whomever they like, however if they are going to thank an imaginary all powerful being who cares which is the best film, then they should expect to expect some jokes at their own expense. And it's not like atheists shouldn't have their chain yanked, but it's easier to mock religious folk because it's so crazy and weird

  34. 34

    Re: raypearson – Ray you dim-witted bastard, I have all the proof there is no god, look around, see how there is no god, there's your proof, BOOM, just blew your mind, you're welcome, now go forth and be a good person, because we're all in this together, not because some old guy in the sky told you too.
    Also, Christians don't declare fatwa, no, that's true, but they waged a little something called the Crusades, which…was not a bastion of christian understanding, sort of the opposite. And come on buddy, I've read your past shit, even if there was one, no god will take a shine to you dude.

  35. 35

    Typical atheist that gets all pissy when someone says they believe God helped them. What's difference does it make to you?? are they harming you or harassing you with their beliefs? are they hurting someone or imposing their views on people?? then shup up & leave people alone! Just as you're entitled to be an atheist, they're entitled to believe in God.
    And FYI, God =/= religion. Never mix them. Just sayin'

  36. Honor says – reply to this


    Re: Meggie246524 – I appreciate your post. But I think studies say that we develop critical thinking, questioning God at about 90 IQ level. Still believers just questioning. At about the IQ of 130 and up you will be hard pressed to find a believer. so I guess it is the middle you are talking about. There is a Pew study that reaffirms other studies that state atheists and agnostics almost always score higher on tests about religion, facts about religion over mormons Jews christians. But as you said they are using logic where the other are using faith.

  37. 37

    Gervais is wildly over-rated. I mean, he's funny within some context and in measured doses. But he doesn't really make me laugh much. Its more of a "ha ha" response to his humor which I find myself having. And really, I think his comments insult God more than it does anyone thanking God. But as he doesn't believe in God, he wouldn't quite see that perspective. I agree that to use an awards show to thank God is rather grandstanding and unnecessary. I think more people ought to be thankful for all which they have (whether it be food or good fortune). But if its real. it can be done privately and within. No need to stand there in a gown cut down to one's vagina thanking God for a golden statue while in front of a camera (when its real). Atheists have a total right to their opinions and beliefs. But they maybe ought to keep those private, as well.

  38. 38

    It is very arrogant, if there was a god he wouldn't be making you win your thousandth award (at the expense of others) over famine, war etc.

  39. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Meggie246524 – Correct. There's a long list of esteemed scientists who switched to a strong faith after encountering wonders (explained and unexplained) in their lifetime of studies. Explain that one. As for Gervais, he can believe what he wants; but in a free society, award winners can thank whoever they ruddy well want without his heaping his undemocratic prejudice upon them. It's almost a form of anti-religiousity McCarthyism.

  40. 40

    Re: @v@ – I'll explain it, no matter how smart people think they are, show them one thing they don't understand, and you can convince them of anything, especially that there is an old man who lives in the sky and cares what we all do everyday. No disrespect, but religion is terrible, and belief in god is laughably. Undemocratic? Isn't expressing one's opinion the very essence of democracy. I would never tell award winners that they can't thank whatever deity they please, but Gervais echoes many of us, when he mocks belief. I mean, you see someone go up and thank Santa Claus, do you take them seriously? No, you don't

  41. 41

    This whole atheist vs christian nonsense has been like beating a dead horse with a stick a thousand times over. Atheist will never change the minds of Christians(they are too delusional). Atheists unlike Christians generally don't try to shove their beliefs onto Christians. However if you mention you're atheist to a group of Christians they will start lecturing you, giving you bible verses, asking you to come to their church to be saved,etc.

    Re: alexisonfire – It's not about intelligence. Human beings are rather dumb. Americans are even dumber. It's just evolution. People are seeing something thats over 2000 years old that holds no significance anymore

  42. 42

    I love Ricky…so refreshing….people need to know that there are MANY people who do NOT believe in a God….people can be spiritual, but not fool enough or brainwashed enough to beileve in a god….I know there are some good, accepting people who believe in a god, but many use it as an excuse to be intolerant, anti-gay, bigoted and simple minded…no thanks….

  43. 43

    he is so fucking right.

  44. 44

    I think it's funny you're allowing all these silly STUPID comments about God yet you got the comments shut off about the sick bitch that squirts milk out of her filthy tits. Wtf. Lol

  45. 45

    Look, I like him sometimes, but when hosting a major award, his religious beliefs are none of anyone's business.

  46. 46

    Re: NorthernLights – But is a public mocking of another person's religious belief/s better than a public afrimation of one's own religious belief/s? I don't see how mocking or insulting others' religious beliefs in public is better, classier or less exploitative than those who might avow some belief publicly (even if in the wrong context or time and place). And its is true that many very learned persons come to religion - as the more one knows, often the more one realizes that one doesn't (perhaps can't) know everything. I know of many who astronauts and those who worked at NASA who came away from more exposure to the universe knowing that there must be a God. While nimrods are often linked to religious fanaticism and sheeple thinking regarding religion, many who are well-educated and experience come to realize there are things at work far beyond our understanding and control.

  47. 47

    Re: Adorable Kevy – afirmation

  48. 48

    Re: Adorable Kevy – aFFirmation!
    (i'm banging on keys here but they don't all type for some reason in this PH comments box)!

  49. 49

    Re: mojo jojo – You obviously don't know what an atheist is. An atheist simply doesn't believe in any god. There is absolutely no belief system associated with atheists and it is not a religion by any means. The majority of people choose to be ignorant when it comes to what atheism actually is.
    Re: Honor – Meggie just likes to use big words in an attempt to sound correct.
    Re: @v@ – A long list!? Did you get that information from the Creationist Museum's website? It's simply not true. A vastly disproportionate number of scientists are atheists, compared with the general population.

  50. 50

    When I look at religion from an anthropological standpoint, I have to say, it does seem ridiculous. That isn't me "ridiculing" your religion, that is me making an observation about humans feeling the need to believe in a higher power. Religion came out of man's inability to explain the world around him. The world can now be explained, so for me, it eliminates the need for a religion. Religion has been ever-changing and evolving since the dawn of time, yet people still feel the need to believe in the same things that were believed in thousands of years ago. It baffles me that people's beliefs haven't evolved since that time. That is my viewpoint on religion, and a viewpoint that is shared by many atheists. It's not anti-religion, it's simply not believing in any god. I couldn't care less if you believe, and not all atheists feel the need to speak out against religion.

  51. 51

    Slam God all you want… the rest living in the real world (not Hollywood). Would like to say a few prayers.

  52. 52

    Re: Justin M.Re: raypearson – He demands it because christianity is ridiculous. All religion is ridiculous. Why do you need a good to tell you what's right and what's wrong and to give your life morals and values? You should naturally know the difference. We don't need a book that 99% of the time contradicts itself to tell you these things. It's like believing in fairy tales and the tooth fairy etc.. Did you know their have been at least 6 other "saviors" that were born on the 25th of december who were also mircale workers and that were crucified? Did you know they all were around before Jesus. Who ever decided to make up that christianity bullshit copied it from other religions, and what were all these other religions just completely wrong before christianity came around? Which garenteed that's what christians think because they all seem to be soo incredibly arrogant. The only think religion has done and is doing for us now is keeping the world dumb and keeping them in line. If we didn't have religion at all garenteed the human race would be much more evloved and a lot smarter because instead of saying "oh it's gods will" they would actually look into what the fuck happened and try to fix it.

  53. 53

    Re: G Is for GigglesRe: raypearson – Anyone who can read a book should be smart enough to realize that all religion is complete bullshit. Their is no god their is no divine plan their is no rapture it's all a bunch of bullshit. We're in 2012 we should be smarter then this by now. Oh and the only reason ricky doesn't say he doesn't believe in allah or shiva or what ever is because he's a fucking athiest you idiot it's not because it would be a hate crime it's because he believe that all gods are bullshit. He says god and christians because they love to shove their religion and their creationalist idea's down people's fucking throats.

  54. 54

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – I 100% agree with your comment. Although I did speak out but it's because mainly some of the comments on here are utterly ridiculous.

  55. 55

    Re: Meggie246524 – what study? " The convenient study for what I believe that makes me seem smart" study? Oh I read that one it says that people who don't believe actually solve in real life problems and make real discoveries because they're not leaving things up to "god" and fantasy and taking their life into their hands to make the world a better place and to help the human race by fixing the worlds problems themselves instead of waiting for a mythical being to come and fix it for us.

  56. 56

    Sorry the prophet Muhammad not allah as Re: shoelace1002 – mentioned that is just another word for god.

  57. 57

    Funny how I followed you for over 10 years… before you were big and back then just bitching mostly about your boyfriend…

    I put up a post about our beloved teacher being killed and that post vanishes? You people need to live in the real world.

    We are a small town of approx 5500 people in Montana who are going through a horrific ordeal and that doesn't meet your ideal of a post? This was a post about praying to God about the safe return of a wonderful woman an it gets deleted?


  58. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: NorthernLights – It's the mocking after the fact that strikes as undemocratic, not civil opinion.Re: Serena Loves Mario – Wasn't stating that the numbers of believers were weighted more strongly than unbelievers among scientists, and agree that facts support that more would be athiest. The names on that list I read surprised me and also noted the how and why details of how they came to that personal decision. It was interesting.

  59. 59

    Re: Velyna – Perez IS the home of utterly ridiculous comments :)

  60. 60

    Re: Black Swan
    I agree with your train of thought. Probably closest to Gervais' point, I'm guessing.

    My 2 cents:
    Considering the fact that in the Christian religion, Jesus is revered both for his wish to support the poor and needy, AND his claims that we are all equal under God, I think it's pretty damned pathetic when a superstar rapper - who makes millions, wears gold teeth and calls his women "bitches & hoes" - gets onstage and says, "THANK YOU, JESUS!"
    And it sounds EQUALLY pathetic when a politician gets up to his podium and says, "Thank you God, for putting me in charge! Now, let's shoot all the Muslims!"

    (Frankly, I don't think either scenario is something GOD or JESUS would get behind.)

    P.S. I have an IQ of 168. Personally, I think the theoretical physicists should have a little more faith, and the fundamentalists should open at least one book other than the BIBLE.

  61. 61

    I love his no bullshit persona. He makes a good point.

  62. 62

    Re: shoelace1002 – your complaints about me are as lame as all the rest, try to find some originality, i'll loan you a flashlight then you can search with both hands. I now this is too complicated for you, but here's an idea,,, if you don't like what i say,,, don't read it,,, your cxhoice.

  63. 63

    Re: Velyna – boooooring

  64. 64

    Re: NorthernLights – all you complainers sit there behind your fake ass avatars and fake ass names. grow some balls and identify yourself…. WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU HIDING BEHIND ALL THAT SHIT??

  65. 65

    Re: Velyna – I'M REALLY glad i don't live your negative life, it must be really lonely being you. perhaps if you were to find anything to believe in, even if it is believing in superman, your life might be better

  66. 66

    Re: G Is for Giggles – You know that 'Allah' literally means 'God' right? So by saying 'God' instead of for instance 'Allah', Ricky is actually not being specific about any one religion, but he is in fact talking about ALL of them. You know christianity does not have dibs on the word/name 'God'. The stupidity of you people amazes me sometimes!

  67. 67

    He is amazing :]

  68. 68

    Re: pdrocksmysocks – I always thought it was fake too. Kathy Griffin had a point.

  69. 69

    I'd rather hear someone quickly thank God than have to hear a long and boring acceptance speech. Didn't realize some people looked forward to those.

  70. 70

    Re: raypearson – Actually I have a pretty fantastic life and I don't need to believe in mumbo jumbo to live my fantastic life. I think it's pretty sad that you need to talk shit to people to feel like you're important and it's quite obvious you're not.

  71. 71

    Religion vs. Science.
    There will never be a winner, because of one thing:
    Neither religion nor science can answer the following question with 100% certainty:

    (Let’s face it; it’s the question that keeps people up at night.)

    Someone above said, "Science can now explain everything." What are you smoking? Where is this magical scientific book? Do you actually believe the hype that someday some uber-brain is gonna come up with the ultimate reason behind our existence? Give us all of the answers to all of the questions, and tell us ALL how to live our lives?
    Science may indeed be able to explain properties of our universe that were previously unknown, and scientists can reasonably experiment and hypothesize about what we've yet to discover, but the underlying truth is this:
    No ONE MAN or WOMAN can explain WHY.
    WHY are we here?
    If “God/Goddess” created us alone, then WHY? For kicks?
    And if there was a “Big Bang,” then WHY did it happen?
    For lack of answers, some choose God, (by any name, so long as it keeps them from panic and fear, and grief when there is loss.)
    Some choose science. And science might tell us how, or when, or what happens when the stars move across the sky and how it affects us here on our planet, but both your preacher and your physics teacher will forever be stumped when asked, “But WHY?”

  72. 72

    So if asked?
    Yeah, I have some faith. I don't necessarily believe in one particular God/Goddess over another, but I do have some faith that there is a reason (or non-reason) for my existence. And I feel some comfort knowing that every single one of us hasn't a clue, either.
    (Lots of speculation, but let's face it, that's about it.)
    And as for "Science": It is beautiful and perplexing; when an answer is found, when a theory is proven correct, it's a brilliant joy to behold.
    But - as someone else here mentioned - many esteemed scientists have faith.
    And I too have faith that, while I may not be able to fully explain my existence, there is a reason for it. I am indeed a small part of something bigger and more phenomenal than I could ever imagine. And when I see beauty and terror and love and hatred and a perfectly round Sun and Moon, I gotta have some faith that my brief time in this glorious and fucked-up place means something.
    Or else I'd go insane.

    And P.S. I don't feel the need to bomb the fuck out of people who don't believe as I do.
    THAT is not faith.
    THAT is fear.

  73. 73

    I couldn't agree with Ricky more.

  74. 74

    does this prick ever shave

  75. 75

    Look at it this way, we're all going to die. So you can go the non-believer route and guarantee yourself a permanent dirt nap, and believe there is nothing after death. Or you can become a Christian, and have a blissful after life in Heaven. Now let's say the non-believer is correct and there is no God, Heaven,ect. You'll be dead and not give a $hit that you spent your life as a Christian. But if Christianity is true and real and you didn't get on the train, you're screwed in eternal Damnation. Now that would suck! So why wouldn't you take the chance and believe in Christianity, it does give you a ticket to Heaven! Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

  76. 76

    Re: smithygirl – Who are you to say who's going to heaven or hell? are you god? another christian hypocrite i see..

  77. 77

    Re: Pretty Boys Are Forever – No I am not God, although I have been Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy!

  78. 78

    It's not about thanking God for the award, he's right, God doesn't care if they win awards or not. It's about thanking God for your talents that he blessed you with, and then in turn were able to win the award. We are nothing without God. If any of you actually knew anything about why Christians thank God, instead of just assuming…

  79. 79

    That homosexual idiot is about as stupid as they come. Any good scientist will confirm that it is mathematically impossible for anything to have evolved out of cosmic snot that itself appeared out of nowhere. Darwin would not believe his own theory were he around today. Ancient text's from atheist's will confirm Jesus works and the happenings in the Bible. It's retard's like gervais that choose to ignore the truth.

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    Re: Ranchhand – you're a true idiot. It's beyond stupid to believe in this bullshit christianity or any religion for that matter, we were suppose to have evolved and because of all this ridiculous religious and christian nonsense we're stuck not evolving because of you people. Get over it, their is no god, no heaven, no hell, possible life after death well that's yet to be determined but we're definately not going to some magical place in the sky that's just idiocy. Also do you christians really think that athiests believed in jesus? Wow you are so arrogant. Actually athiests didn't believe in Jesus it's called christianity and pretty much most religions decided to have a crusade where if you didn't believe you died. Now that isn't fair or right and btw just a question to christians, does your head just exploded when you think that omg their are wayyy more older religions then christianity and that Jesus' story has actually mimic'd to a tee literally 6 or more saviors in the previous and more older religions. Or do you think it's some sort of "devils" work that just happened to copy jesus even though their story is much older and literally everything from the birthday, to theimmaculate conception to the mircales to the crucifixtion are all the same. Get over it your religion is complete bullshit and it's religions like christianity that holds human kind back.