Not sure where else to put this, so...
Since I tend to have knee-jerk reactions, I won't post my thoughts about this right now, except to say I'm mad... and disappointed. I think Jon utterly and completely missed the point... in fact, it's almost as if he misses the point intentionally.
But that's just me...
(If you can't see it, I don't know how to help you. I don't know how to download video clips from the Daily Show website. If I did, I'd put this on YouTube. If you know, please... tell me...)
Actually, Jon Stewart has more than once referred to himself as a Secular Jew, and in his semi-recent interview with fundy Christian and US History Revisionist David Barton, JS seems to imply that he's a Secular Humanist (at least, that's what I got out of the interview). I don't think I've ever met a Secular Humanist who believes in God (which, I grant, can't even be considered a sample size), so my guess is that JS would probably identify as an agnostic if you asked, but is technically an atheist.
Here's the entire interview with David Barton:
I agree that he most likely is agnostic, but to be an atheist you must have convictions of the sort, which he apparently lacks. I really admire the guy, I think he's brilliant, but it is so unnerving to me that there are so many incredibly bright people out there who simply haven't given enough consideration to such an important question as "what are your metaphysical beliefs?"
I have to disagree because I do not subscribe to the idea that agnosticism is a middle-ground between atheism and theism. Atheism deals with belief (the lack thereof), and agnosticism deals with knowledge (the lack thereof). Knowledge and belief are not the same thing. This is why I hate it when someone is asked whether or not they believe in God and they say they are agnostic.
Okay. That's great. But they weren't asked whether or not the know if God exists. They were asked whether or not they believe God exists.
I generally say that people who answer the question "do you believe in God" with "I'm agnostic" are technically atheists and either haven't really given that much thought to it or are, for whatever reason, interested in avoiding the atheist label.
Hence why I say that Jon Stewart may say he's agnostic, but is technically an atheist.
My understanding is that he actually is one, but identifies himself more as a cultural Jew or an "agnostic".
He doesn't seem to realise that unless he has a belief in God, he is an atheist.