Dawkins defends his doc
The New Stateman has Richard Dawkins’ diary this week. In it, he confirms again that the letters about the show sent to Channel 4 have been running at two to one in favour. The “antis” complained mainly that he only interviewed “extremists” and that he failed to show “both sides” of the argument. He deals with the both complaints in a single paragraph:
The balance is (over-) provided by Thought for the Day, Prayer for the Day, Songs of Praise, the Daily Service, Faith to Faith, Choral Evensong, Sunday Half-Hour, The Story of God, Belief, Beyond Belief, and others. Mine was a brief opportunity to put the other side. As for my “extremist” interviews, would that Pastor Ted Haggard were extreme. In neo-con America, he is mainstream. President of the 30 million-strong National Association of Evangelicals, he has a weekly phone conversation with Bush.
There is also an anecdote about a university candidate who had been taught at one of the Accelerated Christian Education schools featured in the second program.
She turned out to be the worst candidate they had ever encountered. She had no idea that thinking was even an option: her job was either to know or guess the “right” answer. Worse, she had no clue how bad she was, having always scored at least 95 per cent in exams – the National Christian Schools Certificate (NCSC).