I am saddened to hear that famous comedian and originally Morningside Heights native, George Carlin, died today of heart failure. His incisive wit, philosophical humor, and outright obscenity will all be missed. Here is a quote from his on religion:
"The whole problem with this idea of obscenity and indecency, and all of these things — bad language and whatever — it's all caused by one basic thing, and that is: religious superstition," Carlin told the AP in a 2004 interview. "There's an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. ... It's reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have."
See an article from yahoo here.