Jerry Johnston Researches Reason Rally 2016: Lizz Winstead address04 October 2016
50,000 atheists were promised to attend the “Woodstock” for atheists at the June 2016 Reason Rally in our nation’s capital. Only 5,000 attended. As part of an on-going research project, I was among them, and I listened to Lizz Winstead, the co-creator and former head writer of the “Daily Show,” a comedian, producer, and satirist who performs an ongoing comedy tobenefit Planned Parenthood. From the main stage, she said,
“I’m from Minnesota, born and raised. And a couple of years back, Minnesota tried to put one of those hateful, anti-marriage equality amendments into their constitution. And so I went back to go stumping door to door, to talk to people about keeping the amendment off the ballot, and why it was important that we let our LGBT brothers and sisters get married. So I go knock on this door, and this woman opens it up, and she goes, “Oh, hi. How are ya? Come on in.” And then I walk in, and she goes, “Why are you here?” And I’m like, you probably should have asked me before you let me in, but all right. And I said, “I’m here to talk to you about Amendment One, and why it’s important for a better Minnesota.” And she goes, “Oh, you know, I was reading all about that, and I feel super conflicted.” And I was like, “Oh, what do you suppose you’re conflicted about?” And she said, “Well, you know, I’m not sure I’m okay with two guys gettin’ married. But I don’t want to be a jerk about it.” And I was like – that is where I would like us to get, is like ‘I don’t care what you believe, just please don’t be a jerk about it’.”
Are God’s standards malleable? The Creator of the world has provided a definitive line for what is true and what is not. Unfortunately, many Christians do not have the confidence or training to defend their faith. Cristie Jo and I are creating resources to train Christians and fill this deficiency in the contemporary church that has contributed to the rise of the nones.
Lizz Winstead is the co-creator and former head writer of the “Daily Show,” a comedian, producer and satirist who performs an ongoing comedy to benefit Planned Parenthood.