SourceFed Misleads Viewers Regarding Richard Dawkins

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When Philip DeFranco's news channel, SourceFed, reported on an incident regarding Professor Richard Dawkins at an airport terminal in Edinburgh, their reporting was very misleading, especially given that their source came across as more of a gossip column instead of a report. Regardless of whether they were trying to be comical, they were factually erroneous in several aspects which I discuss in this video.

Note: All clips are used under FAIR USE for commentary/criticism, and is covered under section 107 of copyright law.


SourceFed's source for the video:
The Independent - "'Bin Laden has won, they confiscated my honey': Outspoken academic Richard Dawkins in airline security Twitter row over jar of honey"

Professor Dawkins' article in The Guardian regarding the incident:
"My honey trap: why doesn't anyone believe in public-spirited concern?"

Professor Dawkins' previous article relating to airport security written back in 2011:
Prospect Magazine - "If I ruled the world"

LiveLife8072's video correcting SourceFed - "SourceFed Hates Dawkins & Atheism?"

"The 10 Commandments For Atheists?!" - a SourceFed video which Elliott Morgan hosted himself (credit to LiveLife8072 for pointing this out in his video):

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Comment by Rocky john on November 10, 2013 at 2:31am

"because the Western world won't relate to Buddha - it has to be Jesus. Who else?"

Um, you do realize that no one but a christian would relate to Jesus anymore than Buddha?

Can you honestly hear any of the Presidents talking about Buddha in there speeches?"

I would prefer if they left religion out of their speeches entirely, like in most every developed western country except America.

"When you see the Pope showing compassion - who does he emulate? Not Buddha."

And when you see virtually every non christian showing compassion who do they emulate?Not Jesus.

Comment by Rocky john on November 10, 2013 at 2:38am

Stole- If Jesus is such a good role model for compassion and empathy then why is it that America ( a highly christian nation which believes  in Jesus teachings and use him as the epitome of a role model ) show so much less compassion and empathy to each other  than the highly atheistic Norway? You will actually find a correlation with high belief in Jesus's teachings and less compassion and empathy shown to each other.

Comment by Simon Paynton on November 10, 2013 at 6:03am

@Rocky - I certainly would use some stuff that Mohammed said, if he said it well. 

Comment by Diane on November 10, 2013 at 7:54am

@ Simon - What are my problems with Jesus?  Good question.  In my heart, I don't believe the "Jesus" we think of today is a deity.  I think he is a current mythological figure.  If the Bible weren't so sickeningly violent and, especially if one has empathy, hurtful, I might be inclined to find more gems within it.  However, whatever sound ideas to live by Jesus may have promoted are lost when idiots who believe in Jesus want to teach creationism in public schools, for instance.  The problem is not that Jesus has no lessons to teach.  The problem is that people actually believe in the Bible and want me to too.  I can't, I won't... it's not going to happen. 

Did you ever read a book called Illusions: the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach?  The story's premise is that, yes, Jesus was a messiah, but we are all our own messiahs if we choose to be.  I have gained far more insight into helpful lenses through which to view the world from that book than I ever did or will from reading the Bible.

Even so, I have a friend who says I am the best Christian he knows, precisely because of qualities I have which some attempt to attain by following Jesus.  Jesus, no matter how you repackage him and his message, simply does not resonate with some people.  Christians have spoiled whatever good message Jesus may have had for me to find.  I can't get beyond the cults, violence, and hatred Christians have inflicted upon the world. 

So, some have said, separate out Jesus from Christianity and just listen to what he said.  I can't do that because it is a potentially slippery slope from studying Jesus to learn something useful for my life, and actually coming to believe Jesus is God.  I have a huge problem with that.  I do not want to be brainwashed into believing something absurd just because I was looking for some guidance. 

In Illusions, one of the main characters, a messiah from Indiana, quotes Snoopy the Dog and his student questions him about it.  His response is something like, "I'll quote the truth wherever I find it." That has, roughly, been my approach to learning what I need to learn about how to live life.  I don't trust Jesus as a source, but there are many others.  I take what I want and leave the rest. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on November 10, 2013 at 1:21pm

@Diane - "I take what I want and leave the rest."  This is my angle.  The morality that Jesus himself expressed is universal, so it fits into any situation.  It's a shame that he has so much baggage, but there's nothing we can do about that.  Perhaps we can get people to re-examine their shedload of baggage and think again, or clarify their position.  So many people walk around wounded by religion; and there are many religious people who don't seem to have a clear idea what it's all about.  I meet many religious people, too, who are fundamentalist in their attitude to Jesus and take it all back to basics - they ditch the baggage - and they are the lucky ones. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on November 10, 2013 at 1:54pm

AS<J :  for me it's mainly about resonating with things I already know.  The language of Jesus which survives down to us can be breathtakingly beautiful, he says it so well.  He's been described as a wit.  Certainly I think he must have had a 1000 watt personality. 

Comment by Diane on November 10, 2013 at 3:16pm

I draw my line in a very different place I guess.  I know a few people who ditch the baggage too, and they seem like very lovely, happy people.  They think Jesus still exists and that they have a direct line to him.  I am not going there.  It is such a fine line, and I am not willing to walk it.  Luckily for me, I believe the same wisdom I need to learn comes from other sources too.  I can just skip Jesus altogether.  I found out what I did because I wanted to know in whom I did not believe.

Comment by Simon Paynton on November 10, 2013 at 3:23pm

"I can just skip Jesus altogether."  - I agree, it's just that he was such an extraordinary moral philosopher, the stuff he said is very useful to illustrate certain points.  Other people say cool stuff too. 

Comment by Rocky john on November 10, 2013 at 3:47pm

Simon- can you tell me one single thing Jesus added to moral philosophy that had not been said before him, often in far greater detail.

Comment by Simon Paynton on November 10, 2013 at 3:56pm

Probably nothing, but that's not the point.  The point is how it's packaged: he made a good attempt at accessibility, and his attempts can be re-worked for the present day.  The Dalai Lama and Buddha are/were in the same tradition of accessibility.  From what I've read, Mohammed's teachings are reasonably accessible too.  There's a very clear set of concepts at the heart of all this, and accessibility is key. 


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