Catholic fundamentalists will not be happy, not happy at all. Extremists like David Quinn, John Waters, Mary Kenny and staff at the Irish Catholic will be fuming after watching Richard Dawkins on the Late Late Show.
Here’s an edited sample of part of the interview.
Where does god fit into things?
God has little to do anymore…we don’t need god anymore to explain anything and that pretty much means we don’t need god at all.
But most people believe in god.
Yes, it’s great consolation but it doesn’t mean he’s there, there’s no evidence whatsoever.
So what’s the Vatican – Toy town?
Yes, a gigantic very expensive, very rich waste of time.
Many would disagree.
Do you see god as believable as the Easter Bunny?
Pretty much, yes. The evidence for either is equally sparse.
Personally, I prefer the comparison between god and Santa Claus. Millions of humans have an absolute belief in Santa. They believe because parents and other figures of authority go to great lengths to instill the truth of Santa.
This belief from authority is reinforced by society in general and in particular by the media. All of society conspires in this harmless and happy indoctrination and the humans who believe have no reason whatsoever to doubt such widespread ‘evidence’.
When the Santa believers reach a certain age, however, they are informed that Santa doesn’t exist, that it’s all just a bit of fun to make Christmas extra magical for the believers. As the former Santa believers join the world of reality they are invited to continue promoting the myth so that the believers can continue to enjoy that extra magic.
This temporary and happy indoctrination of children is exactly the same as the more sinister religious indoctrination that most children are forced to endure with one crucial difference – as they grow up the indoctrination continues, they’re never told the truth.
As they mature from children to vulnerable and impressionable young adults they are subjected to massive propaganda and lies from a whole range of forces – Parents, teachers, priests, the media and society in general.
To question the unquestioned myths is dangerous and almost always brings down punishment of some sort. It is only when these children become independent adults that they are permitted to express their own views.
Unfortunately, by then it is too late for many of them, the damage is done.