Brad Pitt has stated that he’s an atheist before. But lately it seems to keep coming up in interviews with him, first in the German publication BILD, then the other day on the Today Show. And now he goes into a little more length about his views of religion appropriately enough on Bill Maher’s show:
I think it’s great that such a major celebrity is so open about his atheism and I’m glad that we got such a charitable and well liked celebrity to point too. I also hope Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie, who’s also an atheist, continue to discuss some of the toxic effects of religion in the mainstream media.
For awhile now I’ve been pushing for atheist groups to create advertisements that put a human face on atheism, both showing normal people who just happen to be atheists as well as beloved celebrities who just happen to be atheists. I’ve also mentioned to friends that I’d love to see someone borrow the tune of Adam Sandler’s famous “Chanukah Song” to create a song information people of all the many celebrity atheists. I’ve even worked on some of the lyrics. I think this type of campaign should be the next step.