God, Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin

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• During their collaborations over 40+ years, Jane Wagner has written much of comedian / writer / performer / activist / wife Lily Tomlin's material. (see short bios at end of this post)

• Below: Odds and ends about religion and belief systems:

• "Believe" — by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg at Burning Man. Photo below by Peggy Mekemson.

• “Religion is like a pair of shoes … Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.” — George Carlin

• “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”  — Pope Francis

Jon Stewart quote Religion It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.

• "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” — Napoleon

• “I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi 

• “I think of religions as franchise operations. Like chicken franchise operations. But that doesn't mean there's no chicken, right?” — William Gibson

• “Mentioning Jesus in your speech: Small government. Doing what Jesus asked: Big government.” — Stephen Colbert 

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• Above: Successfully testing the limits of government tolerance of religious options, "Pastafarian" Eddie Castillo became the first disciple of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to have an official DMV photo with spaghetti-strainer headgear. 

• Below: Departing from religion and on to the versatile Lily Tomlin as the very funny Ernestine-from-Ma-Bell in this video from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Edgier corporate satire than you might imagine for the late '60s, especially about the "omnipotent" phone company and sending out mean drunks!

• "Jane Wagner (b. 2.26.35) is an American writer, director and producer ... best known as Lily Tomlin's comedy writer, collaborator and wife (they married in 2013) ... author of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and other Tomlin vehicles … won the Peabody Award ... helped develop the (Tomlin's) Laugh-In character Edith Ann.” (Wikipedia)

• "Lily Tomlin (b. 9.1.39) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer ... a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a stand-up comedian and became a featured performer on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In ... She has starred in such films as Nashville, 9 to 5, All of Me, The Beverly Hillbillies, Orange County, and I Heart Huckabees."

• Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you died, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck." George Carlin