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Mr. Deity and the Void

Mr. Deity and the Void

The first episode of season four finds "El" in a timeless void prior to Creation. It's the first episode of the "prequel" season of Mr. Deity, and for Brian, it was the most difficult episode to produce. "That episode took forever to write," Brian says. "For every other episode, I've had some kind of reference. But there's nothing about what God was doing before the Creation in any of 'the books.' And trying to imagine what an immaterial being was doing in a timeless void nearly sent me to the funny farm. No one should have to think about that stuff!" The ending was also difficult. "People aren't going to believe this, but it took me nearly three weeks to write, and the ending was the hardest part. At a certain point, it just hit me, 'be as simplistic as the actual source material!' That works every time."

The production was difficult too. "We spent three long days shooting it, and we used all kinds of gear we don't usually use for Deity episodes — a dolly, track, jib, my hi-hat, all kinds of equipment. And the whole family was involved. Lukas (Amy's son) ran the camera, Amy was dolly grip, and Lily (Amy's daughter) was grip o' du day and created the Deity scrapbook. The best part was that I got to hang out in my PJs all day." The episode took nearly 120 shots, which is unusual for a Deity episode. "A lot of the time, we'll rehearse the episode so much, that I'll be able to get it [the episode] in under 10 shots — two close-ups, and two wide for each character. This thing required take after take to get it right."

On top of that, Brian had to compose a good deal of music for the ending sequence. "The resources available now are ridiculous. I have an entire orchestra at my fingertips. Even these big, fantastic choral chunks are all right there for me to use." The end music is a combination of original composition, choral loops, and a musical parody of the end music from 2001: A Space Odyssey. "Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra is such an iconic piece — as much as 2001 itself — and I wanted to do something with the Deity theme that had that momentous feel. It was really fun to play that big timpani part at the end. I could have done that all day!"

See what all the fuss was about, and make sure to leave a comment!
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watch?v=oIq0UrVlbXY

 
  God will not be mocked! (or will he?)  

Since beginning the Mr. Deity show back in 2007, I’ve received a number of personal emails and comments on YouTube telling me that "God will not be mocked." This claim is so patently false as to be laughable — and when I say “laughable,” I mean mockingly laughable. Just the other day, I called God “big nose” and mocked Him for wearing black socks and Florsheims with a pair of really nice Issey Miyake dress shorts. He looked absolutely ridiculous, and I laughed my tuchus off!

What happened to me? Nothing whatsoever. In fact, He took it extremely well. When I pointed out that He looked like my 92-year-old father (God rest his soul soon), He was actually able to laugh at himself. In fact, He made a really funny remark about how His tiny calves made Him look like a chicken. Imagine that — God has a sense of humor! We ended up at JC Penney’s where He got these really comfy St. John’s Bay Tsunami sandals for men (which I found incredibly ironic as the first episode of Mr. Deity was inspired by a tsunami). I later apologized for the "big nose" comment.

But seriously, folk… God will not be mocked? Yes, that’s the way some religious people would have it. When Christians had power, God could not be mocked. Or, more accurately, He could be mocked, but the person mocking Him was likely to end up roasting on an open fire like a chestnut in late December.

For more than a thousand years, Christianity was protected from critique, tough questions, ridicule, and even honest inquiry. At one point, it was a capital offense to possess a Bible! Even today, people are outraged at the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, who have the nerve to speak ill of mainstream, organized religion. I can’t think of anything which has been so coddled as the notion of faith and religion (though, admittedly, the disabled get away with a lot too).

As members of polite society, we are supposed to respect and be sensitive to people’s feelings when it comes to matters of faith (and I generally support that idea in the micro/personal realm). But when people of faith have power, are they respectful and sensitive to the feelings of non-believers, or even people with a difference of opinion? Ask Galileo! Ask Giordano Bruno! Ask Theo Van Gogh and everyone throughout history who has been murdered or otherwise harmed for having a different opinion of God and religion.

Am I mocking God? Of course not. I don’t even believe in God. What I mock — and mock proudly — is Man’s notion of God. The idea that I’m mocking God is especially ironic to me when it comes from people who revere the Hebrew or Christian

 

Bible. Clearly, those who accuse me of making God appear dumb, silly, intemperate (and even evil) are entirely unfamiliar with my source material. Christians and Jews make God look so much worse than I do. For heaven’s sake, I’m just goofing! They actually take the Biblical depiction of God seriously, and think it worthy of praise, adulation, and respect. Really?!

Of course, no one likes to be mocked. This is even more true when you’re talking about a person’s most cherished beliefs. I understand that. So, in that spirit of understanding, I offer the following set of recommendations for those who wish to avoid such unpleasantness — a user's guide to avoiding religious mockery, if you will.

Recommendation 1:
When going out into the world to tell people that you know the will of a morally transcendent, all-knowing, all-powerful being (whose existence cannot be demonstrated), first do a thorough background check to make sure this “transcendent" being has refrained from engaging in the following activities...

  1. Genocide (both committing and ordering others to commit — this includes the murder of infants).
  2. Ordering the murder of non-virgin girls.
  3. Ordering the murder of homosexuals (and creating thousands of years of intolerance towards them).
  4. Ordering the murder of Sabbath-breakers (including old men gathering sticks).
  5. Threatening unbelievers with eternal torture.
    (I’ll stop here as this list could get very long.)

Recommendation 2:
Make sure your transcendently all-knowing being has the following information handy and passes it on to the faithful:

  1. The Universe was not created in seven days.
  2. The Earth is not the center of the Universe.
  3. The moon is not a source of light.
  4. A female virgin does not always show "signs of virtue" after her first sexual encounter.

Recommendation 3:
Try keeping your beliefs to yourself and stop attempting to make the laws of a free society conform to your religious values. Let free people be free to live as they see fit so long as they are not 1) harming anyone 2) damaging the property of others, or 3) listening to post-"Beautiful Noise" Neil Diamond recordings.

Recommendation 4:
Stop watching Glenn Beck.

  Q and A with Mr. D  
Q: What is the oldest joke in the book? A: The oldest joke is credited to Aaron (Moses' "Larry" — for lack of a better term). As he and Moses came upon the promised land for the very first time, they were greeted by a street vendor selling idols. Aaron turned to Moses and said, "Boy, this guy's got some "Baals." Three years later, he told that same joke to a crowd of Israelite soldiers who had just finished killing a number of small Midianite children. But this time he added the sound of a "rimshot" immediately after the punch-line. The rest is history.
Partly cloudy with scattered showers in the afternoon. A dangerous storm developing in the west will bring with it a 90% chance of frogs followed by the sudden death of all firstborn males. Make sure you take an umbrella with you when you go out. And, if you're Daddy's little prince, see if one of your younger siblings will switch beds with you before you hit the hay.

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Mr. Deity
 

Thursday, August 5
Sunstone Symposium
Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah
Mr. Deity & Lucy will perform at 8:00 pm.
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/symposium/

Saturday, September 18
Project 42
2010 Valley Freethought Convention
Fargo Civic Center, Fargo, North Dakota
Brian will speak and present episodes of the show.
http://www.project42convention.org/index.html

 

October 1-3
AAI-HC 2010 North American Convention
Hotel Delta Centre-Ville. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Brian will speak and present episodes of the show.
http://www.atheistconvention.org/

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