Harris on the Colbert Report? Cool! Not enough Rapporr tho
[quote author=“dougsmith”]Colbert is hilarious. But it is a comedy show and as such probably not the best venue to explicate complex and serious issues. I think Sam gave it his best shot.
He could perhaps have said something about how our country was not founded as a Christian nation, and how “In God we Trust” on our money does not go back to our founding. (And how, indeed, it is an oddly profane place to put such a sentiment!)
But just keeping up with Colbert makes it a really tough venue ...
I agree. Love the Daily Show’s TWIG (This Week in God) and other irreverences. And Colbert does a great job of proving the left or rational by seeming to take the rectally inverted position. And F U N N Y Funny.
I too thought Sam missed a few good openings, including the Founding Fathers bit. But until the second half of the segment, he hardly had a chance to string 2 sentences together. And, although he tried to joke along, seemed to me he couldn’t quite make his serious points, nor could he quite match the comedy level.
Steve seemed to take even longer to work his way over to the table; I thought that might’ve been a pretend swipe, as though to say ‘I’m gonna give you even less time, you heathen bastard.’ Surprised he didn’t do the whole “JC, son of God,.........................” mantra he usually uses. He actually cut that one short.
Good exposure for the book, though. And it’s yet another seed planted; this time with the major cred that comes with getting on the Daily Show / Colbert Reporrrrrrr Hour.
Just getting the talking points out there will help some people defend their rationalist view (or start to adopt one??). The Dawkins “we’re all atheists about most gods, I just disbelieve in one extra” point, for example. He kinda fumbled that one too, though.
Might’ve tried something like this.
“We’re actually a lot alike Steven. Do you believe in Zeus? Neither do I. Vishnu? Me neither. Gitchee Manitoo? Ditto. See? We agree on disbelieving in all of those. I just disbelieve in one more than you do.”
Or a poker metaphor. I’ll ‘see’ your disbelief in those 327 gods…and ‘raise’ you one.
Loved some of Steve’s points. “The Bible is perfect. I know so, cuz it says so right there in the Bible, which can’t be wrong” or whatever.
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