Sigh. We need a map. No, listen:
I’m accused by @ggreenwald of refusing to be interviewed by Muslim journalists! Here’s what actually happened.
I was at a Royal Society meeting to launch the new Stephen Hawking Prize for Science Communication sponsored by @STARMUSfestival, the imaginative conference series that brings scientists together with astronauts and creative musicians. The very nice PR woman arranged press interviews for the speakers. Science communication is dear to my heart, and I agreed to be pulled out of the conference for a series of interviews, on condition that the journalists would ask me about the Hawking Prize & STARMUS, not religion. One journalist, from New Statesman, soon made it clear that he wanted to talk of nothing but religion. My impatience grew, fed by my desire to rejoin the conference. I kept trying to drag him back to the agreed topic. Eventually, the PR woman arrived & signalled to the journalist that his time was up, but he asked to be allowed to carry on. He had just admitted that he believed in flying horses. In exasperation that I had left the conference to talk to a time-wasting journalist whose world view was ludicrously unconnected with reality, I terminated the interview and went off with the PR woman. I now find myself accused of refusing to be interviewed by Muslim journalists! More.
Something happened here … What? Also, why aren’t other people involved in this kind of controversy? It doesn’t come up every day.
See also: Dawkins is distressed by the idea of hating religious people. To judge from past history and the responses, Dawkins’s followers know him better than he does.
Maybe this is background to how it all got started:
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