(11/3/11) Hollywood is famous for putting fantasies onscreen but sometimes they get outdone by the claims of television personalities. Check out the video from at left and see if that's not the case here. Conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly, who hosts The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News network, features a recurring segment called Believers vs Non-Believers. On it last night, he reran parts of an earlier show where he locked horns with famed biologist and atheist, Prof. Richard Dawkins, claiming that Dawkins' new science book for children, The Magic of Reality, was an attempt to "get to the kids and say you're an idiot if you believe in God."
He used that to enlist his current guest, spirituality and alternative medicine promoter, Deepak Chopra, who (like Dawkins had been) was there to promote a book, into a criticism of the absent atheist... not that Chopra was reluctant to chime in.
More, including a video, here.
I have also seen the claim made that Mr. O'Reilly is a sensible person in real life, but plays an angry idiot on television to appeal to his target audience of angry idiots. I find it hard to believe that anyone who "reasons" in the manner that he does could be truly sensible, unless he does not even believe the points he makes on his program.
I have not seen Mr. Chopra speak publicly. I read his book Buddha and found it phenomenal. He seems like an intelligent man. It disappoints me to see him lumped in with the obnoxious and illogical O'Reilly.
Each time I've seen Mr. O'Reilly babble about Mr. Dawkins, I notice he rarely addresses points which Dawkins has made, or attempt to refute them. In fact, the grievances O'Reilly produced in his interview with Dawkins were points which Dawkins effectively refutes in The God Delusion, the very book they were discussing! It makes me doubt that O'Reilly has read The God Delusion and sees Dawkins as a persona which he may aim his self-orchastrated and non-sensical points against atheism toward, making a fool of himself the whole way.