Friday, October 31, 2008

Atheism and the North Carolina Senate Race

Via Greg Laden, here's a crappy-quality video of an exchange that took place on CNN between Wolf Blitzer, Bill Bennett, and Donna Brazile:

The most offensive part comes a little after 2 minutes in, with the following exchange:
Blitzer: But did she [Hagan] make a mistake, Donna, by going to that fundraiser at the home of a woman who professes that there is no god?

Brazile: You know, Wolf, there are a lot of believers. I'm one of 'em. And there are people who just don't believe in the existence of a god. I don't know why because clearly there is strong evidence that there's a god, but I believe that you serve all the people, not just those who profess to have faith, but those with little or no faith. That's how you convert 'em.
Holy shit. What? First of all, I'd like to hear the strong evidence for the existence of god. There has always seemed to be an inherent catch-22 with regard to religious faith. Faith is believing in something even when there's not strong evidence for it. If there's "strong evidence" for the existence of god, then why is there a need for faith?

But that last sentence is the most batshit crazy comment in this segment. You serve people with no faith so that you can convert them? That should be the goal of an elected Christian politician? Not to represent the needs of their constituents, respecting their worldviews, but to convert them?

We already knew that Bill Bennett was a hypocrite, but this segment was enlightening for revealing Donna Brazile as a world-class idiot.

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