Sunday, March 25, 2007

"Mind" -> I'm Ticked

I had an interesting conversation with an atheist tonight on Richard Dawkins. He was trying to tell me that Dawkins wasn't all that bad of a person.

The subject, under discussion, was a quote from "The Root Of All Evil" a documentary type piece that features Richard Dawkins.

As mentioned previously in my blog, in this documentary, Dawkins talks to disgraced Pastor Ted Haggard. What grabs me is how he compares Haggard's church service to something. What is that something?

Here are his exact words, as best I could capture Dawkins:

Well it is certainly very effective, what you do. I mean, It seems to have all the arts, I was almost reminded, forgive me, of the Nuremberg rallies. Such incredibly..Dr. Goebbels would be proud.

Now mind you. Dawkins is saying that Goebells would be proud. This is Goebells as in the architect of Nazi propaganda and one of the most evil men that ever lived. But perhaps your aren't familiar with Goebells. What did Goebells do?

A nice short quote from Wikipedia:

He was one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devout followers. Goebbels was known for his zealous and energetic oratory, virulent anti-Semitism, and perfection of the so-called Big Lie technique of mass propaganda.

Goebbels earned a doctorate of philosophy from Heidelberg University in 1921, on the basis of a doctoral thesis on 18th century romantic drama; he then went on to work as a journalist and later a bank clerk and caller on the stock exchange. He also wrote novels and plays, but they were refused by publishers. Goebbels came into contact with the Nazi Party in 1923 during the French occupation of the Ruhr and became a member in 1924. He was appointed Gauleiter (regional party leader) of Berlin. In this position, he put his propaganda skills to full use, combating the local socialist and communist parties with the help of Nazi papers and the paramilitary SA. By 1928 he had risen in the party ranks to become one of its most prominent members.

After the Nazis seized power in 1933, he was appointed propaganda minister. One of his first acts was to order the burning of books by Jewish or anti-Nazi authors at Bebelplatz and he proceeded to gain full control of every outlet of information in Germany. Following his appointment, his attacks on German Jews became ever fiercer and culminated in the Kristallnacht in 1938, the first open and unrestrained pogrom unleashed by the Nazis.

How anybody could defend Dawkins and his talk of Goebbels, is completely beyond me.

The title of the "documentary" should tip you off. In the film, Dawkins basically states that religion is the root of all evil.

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