Richard William "Wil" Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) is an American actor and writer. As an actor, he is best known for his portrayals of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gordie Lachance in the film Stand by Me, Joey Trotta in Toy Soldiers and his recurring role playing himself on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory. As a writer, he is best known for his blogs Wil Wheaton Dot Net and WWdN: In Exile.
"I'm not religious, and I don't need religion in my daily life, but I completely respect that there are people who derive great peace and meaning from various religious teachings. As a corollary, I also have nothing but contempt for the so-called spiritual leaders who prey upon those people for their own personal financial or political gain. (In this respect, Benny Hinn and James Dobson are on the same rocket to the center of the Sun, when I'm king of the world.)
CNN is running this commentary and associated story because Bakker will be featured in a reality series. As a rule, I hate reality television, but in this case, maybe Jay Bakker can be some sort of anti-Dobson, and show a large audience that religion in general and Christianity specifically doesn't have to be about excluding or controlling people." - Wil Wheaton
"Even though I'm not religious now, I went to a parochial school, and the way I understood the teachings of Christ, tolerance, charity, and compassion were pretty high up there on his list of ways to be a good person. That's another reason I am so tired of hearing from self-described religious folks that even though I work diligently to live my life according to those principles, I'm a bad person because I believe same-sex couples should be entitled to everything that the rest of us have, and I don't drop to my knees and declare my fealty to George W. Bush." - Wil Wheaton
The law and its sponsor, state representative Tom Riner, have been the subject of controversy since the law first surfaced in 2006, yet the Kentucky state Supreme Court has refused to review its constitutionality, despite clearly violating the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.
"Fuck everything about this, and fuck everyone who claims there’s some kind of “war on religion” in the United States.