Thursday, September 28, 2006

Land of the Free(?) and Gullible

Oral Roberts - is he sticking two fingers up at his gullible audience, or perhaps the IRS?As anticipated, I've been enjoying reading The God Delusion, especially some of the remarkable stories Dawkins mentions in the text. For example, one about American TV evangelist Oral Roberts who received (more than) $8 million (tax-free) from his audience after he told them that God would kill him if they didn't pay him that sum. More worryingly, I didn't know that former president George Bush senior when asked whether he recognised the equal citizenship and patriotism of American atheists apparently replied: "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God." As Dawkins says, try replacing 'atheists' with 'Jews' or 'Muslims' or 'Blacks'.

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