By Paul Fidalgo
Challenging the negative stereotypes of atheists as heartless, hopeless, or just plain evil in popular entertainment, talented freethinkers were asked to create a sitcom featuring a lovable atheist lead character for the No God But Funny Contest, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Judges with expertise in comedy and television have pored over the many excellent teleplay and webisode submissions, and the winning entries have been chosen!
Contestants were asked to “contribute to the downfall of civilization” by submitting either a 22-minute pilot script, for the prize of $15,000, or a fully produced 3 to 15-minute “webisode” for the bigger prize of $25,000. In either case, the challenge was to create a show with a likable, funny atheist character that reversed stereotypes of the nonreligious, frequently portrayed as callous, amoral, or as “lost souls.”
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