This past Sunday Family Guy (created by Seth MacFarlane), the animated comedy from Fox's "Animation Domination" prime-time line-up, included a scene involving Peter and Brian Griffin (Brian is the family dog and an atheist) at a court ordered AA meeting. Here is a bit of dialogue followed by the actual joke in which they cut to a scene in Jerusalem (I think) somewhere around the time of Jesus' birth...
AA Leader, “Peter it sounds like alcohol is a very destructive force in your life. You need to relinquish your dependence and give your life over to a higher power.”
AA Leader: “Do you have a different view, Brian?”
Brian: “Oh I don’t know. Are we allowed to have a different view?”
AA Leader: “AA is the only way out for these people. Millions have been saved by AA.”
Brian: “Hey, people did just fine for thousands of years before AA. Just like they got along fine for thousands of years without religion.”
(Cut to a scene with two men dressed in biblical-looking garb standing outside.)
Man 1: “I like you and have no reason not to.”
Man 2: “I like you and have no reason not to.”
Man 3: (enters, excitedly) “Hey, did you hear about that magic baby that was born in Bethlehem?”
(All three men start screaming, donning swords and stabbing each other to death.)
This clip has been posted on YouTube (viewer discresion is advised)...Family Guy Religion and AA
I thought that it was both laugh-out-loud funny and thought provoking. Seeing as though I've had many great discussions, debates and arguments on Newsvine regarding religion and atheism I figured that a lot of you would get a kick out of this.