What Do Atheists Do in Crisis [FOX 8-26-2011]

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Comment by Mike0301 on August 29, 2011 at 2:36pm

Probably the best illustration of "Heads exploding" I've seen.

Comment by Derek on August 29, 2011 at 3:05pm

Too many absolute statements coming from Silver: "There is no" "No and neither do you" etc. This is a masterclass in how to turn people off atheists. Nice one David! 

Comment by Michelle Phelps on August 29, 2011 at 3:07pm

I think that the view that other people have on atheists will probably never change especially with this guy ranting on about how atheists are better than others and others beliefs. The way i see it if i was to be called up on fox i would totally accept the offer and i wouldn't be like this dumb ass and criticize every word or every belief that was brought to my attention. I mean come on who has the fucking right to say that they're wrong for what they believe in. To be honest alot of people who have their own beliefs are quite friendly. but anyway back to me being on fox i would simply tell them that its our right to believe what we want to believe im not going to discriminate myself or anyone else on that matter and we shouldnt try to push our beliefs on other people. o-O

Comment by Mike0301 on August 29, 2011 at 3:38pm

Good grief.  Do you honestly believe that 99% of the Fox 'News' (or Business) viewers will be convinced or converted by this.  Silverman, probably knowingly, was ambushed by these guys; the basic Fox News tactic w/ persons they do not like nor agree with.  Invite a 'guest', propose a position then begin to yell at the guest and the guest's answers within 30 seconds.  The woman's reaction was like a 5 yo at a scary movie.  She had never seen an atheist and fully expected him to sprout horns.  

This program was on FOX, epitome of slanted, jingoistic journalism, what else would you expect?

Comment by Robert Karp on August 29, 2011 at 4:06pm

Mike0301 - "Knowingly ambushed" I think is an oxymoron.  Of-course Silverman knew what to expect, like you said it is Fox news and he has been on Fox before.  So the choice to react as he did was something that he planned as well. This is how he argues. He has done it time over in interviews. Do I think 99% of Fox viewers will be convinced or converted? Absolutely not by him, you are correct. But if another person, a person of quiet strength but clear knowledge was arguing the point, then yes, some maybe even a tiny percent may become fans and will have a desire to question things.


Here's a clip of Harris making his point the King of Fox, O'Riley, the difference between him and Silverman couldn't be more stark.


Comment by Mike0301 on August 29, 2011 at 5:02pm

Yes, 'knowingly ambushed' is an oxymoron.  Used for illustrative purposes only.  

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 29, 2011 at 5:09pm

Theists always get defensive when Atheists say they don’t believe what the Theists believe in. If there is a hurricane coming I might stick my head up my ass and kiss it goodbye. Those Fox reporters won’t have to as theirs heads are way up there already!!

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on August 29, 2011 at 5:46pm

Knowing Fox... they probably just invited President Silverman just to make him look like an idiot and simultaneously fuel hatred for non-believers in their conservative viewers. He's been invited to be an exotic animal in the zoo for the conservative christians to goggle at and throw peanuts to. 

Make no mistake... Fox isn't interested in atheist opinions. They never have been. 

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on August 29, 2011 at 5:53pm

I think Silverman could have handled that better. The last thing you want to do is to do what Fox wants and appear as a stereotypical atheist.

Comment by Justin P. on August 29, 2011 at 7:50pm

Silverman was very subjective by using words like "delusional". To a passionate Christian, using these type of terms of course will sound like they're being mocked. That word especially because it associates with psychological problems (I know, I know, but still). He seemed ill prepared to go on FOX News and actually intelligently talk with people of that mindset. He also could have answered the one and only question that really asked him "what would an Atheist do..."


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