Say what you want about the content of this exchange. Dawkins is thoughtful, logical and consistent. O’Reilly hasn’t even read the book. He says things like “I looked through it” and then mocks the work pushing his delusional agenda.
At one point he says that religion has a constraining effect on bad behavior, like murder and killing. I wonder what he would say about the religion of ISIS in that regard?
He also points out that Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot, murderous dictators, all were atheists, stipulating therefore that atheism is a bad thing. He didn’t point out that Hitler was a Christian, since that would not have supported his point.
The behavior of O’Reilly in this exchange simply points out the intellect and consistency of Dawkins and O’Reilly’s own insecurity in his fabricated world of the Judeo-Christian “philosophy.”
In the show, the label “Atheist” is shown under Dawkins’ name. Perhaps in this context it might make sense, and Dawkins is probably proud of it. Normally I would put “Author” there instead. He would not put “Christian” under the name of a non-atheist author, would he?
O’Reilly truly is a dick.
This link describes the journey of a young man slowly extricating himself from Mormonism.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
— Proverbs 22:6
And there lies the rub: Teach him self-delusion, teach him bigotry, and teach him nothing much at all, and he will not depart from it either.
Teach your children well.
Barack Obama compared Christianity with Islam yesterday in a speech. He stated that Christianity, hundreds of years ago, committed terrible atrocities in the name of God. He probably didn’t mean it that way, but it came across as if he was rationalizing that radial Islam today is really not any different from Christianity 800 years ago.
Perhaps Obama is even correct. To the best of my understanding, what the Christians did in the name of God 800 years ago sounds a lot like what ISIS does today.
However, that was 800 years ago. We want to think that we have grown up as humanity since, and we measure ourselves against different standards. It also sounded like Obama tried to make it sound like ISIS is not so unusual after all.
There seems to be this fear of calling Islam what it is – a brutal, discriminating, violent and aggressive religion.
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