Atheist speaker draws crowd
By JOSH DAWSEY - THE DAILYGAMECOCK .COM - USC
Added: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 23:00:00 UTC
What would New York Times bestseller, world-renowned biologist and former Oxford biology chairperson Richard Dawkins tell children taught creation by their parents?
âYour parents are talking complete and utter rubbish,â Dawkins said.
And how does Dawkins classify religion in general?
âLike a computer virus.â
For those Dawkins aficionados at the Carolina Coliseum Tuesday night, the pointed comments werenât surprising. Dawkins, known for his in-your-face teaching and his deep British accent brought almost two hours of scientific discussion to approximately 2,000 people for the annual A.C. Moore Lecture of Biological Sciences.
The event, co-sponsored by the campus atheist group Pastafarians, drew no outside protestors and remained civil for the entire discourse, surprising some who said before the lecture they expected the debate to turn vitriolic.
Even during some of Dawkinsâ most controversial statements the majority of the audience clapped. No boos or derogatory comments were audible, and when audiences were posed with the opportunity to ask Dawkins questions, none were defamatory or attacking.
Dawkins said he wasnât surprised.
âThe more I do these events in the so-called âBible Belt,â the more I see enormous support from people who feel beleaguered and even oppressed in their own communities,â Dawkins said. âThen they see that theyâre not the only one.â
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