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Go to: Bill O'Reilly vs. Atheist Richard Dawkins

AmandaKCampbell's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by AmandaKCampbell

@epicure : Hahaha! Sure! I really see him as such a sad, angry little boy in a man-suit. The crazy he comes up with is mind-boggling, but it really only makes me feel a mixture of incredulity and pity.

I wonder if he even read Dr. Dawkins' book? I'm not sure if he veered them off onto the topic of The God Delusion simply to get the endorphin high of stimulating his own rage-center, or because he simply had nothing intelligent to ask about the NEW book. It seems that a lot of interviewers are focusing more on the previous book than the current one.

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 14:52:00 UTC | #404639

Go to: Bill O'Reilly vs. Atheist Richard Dawkins

AmandaKCampbell's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by AmandaKCampbell

I love Dr. Dawkins' facial expressions throughout. They speak volumes. :-)

Not that I think O'Reilly has put actual thought into most of what he said, but I do wonder how he would explain the difference between "presenting" ID/Creationism in the classroom vs. "turning" to it as he repeatedly asserted.

Also, how is he going to split hairs to say don't bother presenting on Adam&Eve, but do "present" the concept of ID? It sounds like he's just unwilling to let go of the beliefs he was raised with, even though he knows at least some of it is "theology," a.k.a. myths and stories.

Perhaps the reason O'Reilly clings so steadfastly to Christianity is because of his personal insecurities. The promise of unconditional love must be pretty potent for a person who is so adept at erecting barriers between themselves and their fellow humans and pushing them away (so it seems from his TV persona, anyway). Poor thing, he just needs a time-out, a hug, and some consciousness-raising.

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 14:28:00 UTC | #404632

Go to: A note about the 'Richard Dawkins Award' being presented to Bill Maher this weekend

AmandaKCampbell's Avatar Jump to comment 157 by AmandaKCampbell

A year ago, I'd never listened to any of Bill Maher's comedy before Religulous, nor did I have any idea what any of his views on ANYTHING were. I'd just heard that "Religulous" was supposed to be a funny movie; I worked at Walmart at the time, I saw it on sale, and bought it with my discount.

I watched it twice in a row. I watched it on all of my days off and when I got ready for work in the morning. At the time, I was pretty deeply involved in Santeria, after a lifetime of being either Christian or Wiccan, though I had recently been experiencing a period of doubt and confusion about what I actually believed. I can say, without reserve, that that movie CHANGED MY LIFE.

Suddenly, I felt like I had "permission" (to borrow an idea from Dr. Dawkin's most excellent "The God Delusion") to let go of the idea of God, Goddess, gods, spirits, mediumship, etc. I was "allowed" to think that it was all garbage! Because of that film, I found Dr. Dawkins, and other atheist authors, and because of THEM, I'm now strongly considering a career in the biological sciences. (I just started my freshman year of college; I'm 25.)

So I am totally behind an atheist award for "Religulous." But an atheist award for Mr. Maher *himself*....when I've heard that he does not even self-ID as an atheist and has anti-vax views....well, that's a hard pill to swallow.

Let it be about the film, and I'm happy.

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:35:00 UTC | #402178

Go to: The Atheist's Guide to Christmas

AmandaKCampbell's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by AmandaKCampbell

Sweet! That's a great picture, too! i want that tshirt.

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:41:00 UTC | #400831

Go to: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

AmandaKCampbell's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by AmandaKCampbell

Also: the fact that Gallup found that only 39% of Americans believe in evolution just made me go back to the office and tell Husband to consider the idea of moving out of this country once he gets his physics doctorate.

Sat, 12 Sep 2009 12:46:00 UTC | #396279

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