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Emmy Award winner Donald Glover thanks “the great algorithmÂ” instead of God during his acceptance speech. Glover, a former JehovahÂ’s witness, won anÂ Emmy for Outstanding DirectingÂ for a Comedy Series for his show Â“Atlanta.Â” Glover, the first black person to win in that category, began his acceptance speech for the award by declaring: Man. Yo, first I want to thank the great algorithm that put us all hereÂ… Glover went on to win a second award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for Â“AtlantaÂ” as well. In a 2015 interview withÂ The Daily Beast, Glover discussed the difficulty of growing up as a Â JehovahÂ’s Witness. The following is an excerpt: TDB:Â Back to the religion thing, because it does play a large role in the film, I read that you were raised as a JehovahÂ’s Witness. What was that experience like? Glover:Â Being a JehovahÂ’s Witness was interesting. I think it amplified my own alienness. I was always the odd one out, and JehovahÂ’s Witnesses donÂ’t celebrate Christmas, you donÂ’t say the Pledge of Allegiance, and when you have Jewish kids in the class who donÂ’t celebrate Christmas everyone understands, but when you say youÂ’re a JehovahÂ’s Witness they say, Â“SoÂ… You come to my door at 9 a.m. and wake my family up? I donÂ’t understand any of your rules.Â” As a kid growing up in the South, people didnÂ’t know what it was. It gave me a very different perception of what religion is because in the South, everyone is Southern Baptist. JehovahÂ’s Witnesses are Christian, but it felt small and almost cult-like in Atlanta. TDB:Â Did the constraints of being a JehovahÂ’s Witness push you to be more creative and artistic? Sometimes constraints can make you find fascinating workaroundsÂ—like movies in the Â’40s and Â’50s under the Hays Code. Glover:Â I believe it made me see the world differently. Part of the religion is teaching you that the world is an evil place, so trying to reconcile really liking stuff in the world but also being told itÂ’s bad makes you want to figure out, Â“What is this?Â” and Â“Why am I being drawn to this?Â” My creative outlet was definitely shaped by being a JehovahÂ’s Witness. Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2017/09/emmy-winner-donald-glover-thanks-great-algorithm-instead-god/#USAJL8ZYyDQPYjY4.99 Â Â Â