Actor Richard Dreyfuss: ‘If There’s a God,’ Politically Uncivil ‘Guys Are in Trouble’

By Nicholas Ballasy | January 27, 2011 | 5:00am EST
( – Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, who is spearheading a nationwide civics education initiative, said that people who are uncivil in their political discourse by bullying, interrupting, or patronizing the people they are interviewing “are in trouble” if “there’s a God” and if “he’s morally involved in our affairs.”

At the National Press Club on Tuesday, asked Dreyfuss, “With your [Dreyfuss] Initiative, you talked about civility in society. You said there are villains in society right now who are leading to a lack of civility, in your mind. Who do you think, specifically, are those villains that you speak of and what are they doing?”

While Dreyfuss did not name names, he suggested those villains are “very popular, for the moment.”

Actor Richard Dreyfus at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, June 8, 2008. (Wikipedia Commons)

He said, “People who interrupt the person that they are interviewing, or patronize them or call them names childishly, or bully them, or attack them for their race or their creed are being uncivil. And they’re all over the place, and you don’t have to look very far to find them. And they’re very popular, for the moment.”

“But I’m an agnostic,” Dreyfuss added. “I’m willing to be surprised, but I’m an agnostic. But if there’s a God and he’s morally involved in our affairs, those guys are in trouble.”

Dreyfuss spoke with following his speech on civic education and civility in politics as part of his “Dreyfuss Initiative,” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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