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Idol? Never meet your idol: Richard Dawkins episode


According to Skepchick:

At this time (September of 2011), Dave Silverman was heading up the Reason Rally Committee. There was still quite a bit of planning and promotion that needed to be done, so Dave asked Richard, Elizabeth, and Sean to make videos to promote the Reason Rally. (The video Richard ended up making is still viewable.) Richard was standing behind the podium, and he asked Dave something along the lines of, “What exactly is the Reason Rally?” Dave started explaining it, and as he did, someone who was waiting in the line outside opened the door to peek inside and we could all hear a lot of noise. I rushed up the aisle and made frantic “shut the door” gestures at the people peeking inside, and they did. As I walked the ten feet back, I couldn’t hear everything Dave was saying, but I heard the name “Rebecca Watson.” Richard suddenly had a very angry look on his face and I heard him almost shout, “No, absolutely not! If she’s going to be there, I won’t be there. I don’t want her speaking.” and then Dave immediately replied, “You’re absolutely right, we’ll take her off the roster. It’s done.” Richard huffed for a moment, Dave continued to placate him, and then he made the video.

I was crushed. I couldn’t believe it. Richard Dawkins was my hero. I looked up to him as a beacon of truth and reason in a world of irrationality. I couldn’t believe he would act this way toward Rebecca. Before I left for the tour, I truly, honestly thought that the whole “Elevatorgate” thing was a miscommunication, and if someone (and I was willing to be that someone) would sit down with Dawkins, they could explain to him why it’s uncomfortable to be propositioned in an elevator by a stranger, and then Dawkins could apologize for the whole thing and everyone could move on. I really just thought it was just ignorance, not malice, that caused Dawkins to act that way.

I think it says a lot about the atheist movement, that a famous speaker can use his position in order to keep someone else off the lineup, and the movement willingly obliges.

As counsel for the defense would say, addressing a jury, you must believe as—and only as—reviewing this intelligent person’s whole testimony, you find her reliable. No better case can be made than her own.

* Dawkins and, like, elevators is stuff we hafta cover.

This "shut up and get back in the kitchen" moment brought to you by Richard Dawkins and a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.... Skepchick is having trouble understanding that despite all the fanciful and often complex moral theories life with atheism will *always* boil down to one thing and one thing alone: might makes right. Kudos to Dawkins for providing yet another example of just how unavoidably true this is. lpadron
Correct JDH, she doesn't realize that in her adopted atheistic worldview what Dawkins did to her in the elevator is no different objectively than me having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This is part of the folly of atheism. wallstreeter43
Sarah has discovered what those of us who questioned/rejected darwinism have known for years: The 'new atheists' try to silence those who disagree with them rather than allow the public to hear all sides for fear the truth will be revealed. Blue_Savannah
What's so deliciously ironic in reading the article, is that as skepchick is busy condemning Dawkins she does not realize that her own adoption of atheism gives her no basis for her seemingly objective judgments, and they are really properly informed by her former Catholicism/Christianity which she has rejected. JDH

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