Pharyngula

That 5 May debate …

Brian Flemming reveals that the godless debaters who will engage the two idiots on 5 May are Brian Sapient and Kelly of the Rational Response Squad. He also mentions that Ray Comfort is planning to bring a banana to the debate. Oh, man, I hope so.

If the debate rolls around to atheist morality (which it probably will) there’s one comment they could make that would discombobulate me, so I hope they stick to the banana. The troubling revelation would be the fact that Karl Rove may be an unbeliever.

Ack.

I rather doubt that Comfort/Cameron will damn atheists with the litany of “Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Rove”, but if they do, you know the Bush administration is toast. I was initially taken aback by this revelation from Hitchens, until I read a little further.

I know something which is known to few but is not a secret. Karl Rove is not a believer, and he doesn’t shout it from the rooftops, but when asked, he answers quite honestly. I think the way he puts it is, “I’m not fortunate enough to be a person of faith.”

Oh, so he’s one of those appeaser atheists. That’s all right then, and has nothing to do with me.

Comments

  1. #1 Blake Stacey, OM
    April 28, 2007

    “Karl Rove atheist” may just have enough memetic punch to knock out the descriptor “Neville Chamberlain atheist”. Progress!

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    April 28, 2007

    Maybe King George really is enough of a simpleton to believe his own godly hype

    That’s a good question. He hasn’t been to church often… I get the impression he’s more into booze.

    “Well Mr. Host, Kirk’s comment is just another banana”

    LOL! :-D

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?
    April 28, 2007

    Maybe King George really is enough of a simpleton to believe his own godly hype

    That’s a good question. He hasn’t been to church often… I get the impression he’s more into booze.

    “Well Mr. Host, Kirk’s comment is just another banana”

    LOL! :-D

  4. #4 Mark
    April 28, 2007

    Did anyone else catch Brian and Kelly’s first interview on Nightline a few months back? Although I love what they did with their Blasphemy Challenge to bring attention to atheism, they weren’t exactly the most eloquent spokespeople when given the chance to explain why they had made the challenge. At least in the parts of the interview that made the editing cut for Nightline, they appeared sophmorish and more like pissed off college students than serious thinkers in command of the best arguments for atheism.

    I understand everyone can’t be as polished as Dawkins or Harris, but I am a little worried about how this debate will play out.

  5. #5 Stu
    April 28, 2007

    I agree with Mark (#16). I’d prefer to see a Dawkins/Harris tag team. But seriously, how well could Comfort/Cameron possibly go? Following this debate, the next big “event” will be the grand opening of Ken Ham’s Creation “Museum” on May 28. Have a look: http://paralleldivergence.com/2007/04/28/creation-museum-madness/

  6. #6 Rey Fox
    April 28, 2007

    Dawkins and Harris shouldn’t lower themselves by giving Comfort and Camron the time of day. No, this is obviously going to be a carnival sideshow debate, so I was rooting for Penn Jillette to be doing the shoutdown. Or maybe George Carlin, but I doubt he’d deign to this sort of thing either. All you really need is someone quick on their feet and able to sound more rational than Camron and Comfort (slam dunk, really).

    “Tonight, instead of discussing the existence or non- existence of God, they have decided to fight for it.”

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