Saturday, November 04, 2006

Richard Dawkins Meets Pastor Ted

Richard Dawkins holds the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He's written many books, most recently "The God Delusion", but he's also made some television programs. Most notably "The Root of All Evil".

"The Root of All Evil" Pts 1 and 2 are cached on goggle video.

In Part 1, at about the 21:00 mark on the counter he interviews Pastor Ted Haggard, he of the methamphetamine purchase from the gay hooker. This guy's quite a piece of work.

At about the 27:20 mark Pastor Ted, in his big pick-up truck of course, barrels up to Dawkins and his crew as they're packing up to leave and orders them off, threatening to confiscate the tape and have them thrown in jail accusing Dawkins of "calling my children animals". Dawkins surmises that this is because he referred to evolution.

It's worth watching just for the schadenfreude.

Both parts of the series are worth watching too. I highly recommend taking the time if your computer can handle video.

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