Comedian Ricky Gervais has criticized
parents who reject their gay children.
The 50-year-old British-born Gervais
appeared Thursday on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.
When host Piers Morgan asked Gervais,
“How does your atheism, that you are passionate about, play with
your American audience given that so many people in America are
God-fearing people?” Gervais answered: “They shouldn't. Why
should they take offense that I don't believe in their God or any
“Tell me the reasons why you don't
believe in all the other Gods. And that's the reason I don't believe
in yours,” Gervais said. “I got nothing against people who
believe in God. In fact, if it did make you a kinder person, if you
did good things in his name, then great. But there's the rub. It's
when I see some of these religious fundamentalists saying that
they've told their 5-year-old children, that if they turn out gay,
they will burn in hell. That to me is child abuse. That has nothing
to do with religion or spirituality. That's child abuse.”
Gervais also criticized Republican
presidential candidates who oppose gay rights.
“Just because they are offended by
someone being gay, it doesn't mean they're right,” Gervais said.
He joked that if being gay is a choice,
then the candidates should “have a go at it.”
“See how much you like it,” Gervais