Greta’s TV Interview on “Ask An Atheist”


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My television interview with “Ask an Atheist” is up!

“Ask An Atheist” is a local cable access TV show in Seattle, which also broadcasts (and archives its shows) on the Internet. When I was on my Pacific Northwest speaking tour earlier this month, I had the fun and privilege of being interviewed for their show. (Usually they do their shows live: but because I happened to be there on Sept. 12, when they really wanted to air their 9/11 conspiracy theory segment, they decided to go ahead with that program and record their interview with me for a later date.)

We got into some really interesting topics in this interview — parallels between the atheist movement and the LGBT movement, what sparked the so-called “new atheist” movement into its current activist incarnation, how atheists can create empathy and forge alliances with other social change movements, the importance of coming out, how atheists can fight myths and misconceptions about us, the limits of our ability to make common cause with believers, anti-atheist bigotry among progressive believers, the atheist alternative to ecumenicalism, why there’s no such thing as “atheist fundamentalism,” whether it’s worth debating with hard-core believers, making atheism a safer place for people to come into when they do leave religion, and more.

Video below the fold, since putting it above the fold mucks up my archives. Or you can watch it on the Ask an Atheist website.

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The interview with me (or rather, the introduction to it) begins at the 10:22 mark. But by all means, watch the rest of the show: these are smart, interesting folks with good stuff to say. And check out the rest of their archived shows. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. says

    As an atheist and a Humanist, I encourage my fellows not to push the progressive and religious folks too hard. They share a lot of our values (ask my Catholic wife).
    Nevertheless, I do not discourage the radicals.
    Dawkins is a classic example of moving the “Overton Window”. For the past century, the Humanists have been the farthest reaches, and shunned, therefore. Now, Dawkins and the Gnu Atheists come along and push the boundary farther. And the Humanists become much more acceptable and comfortable to all because the Gnu Atheists, brash, pushy, arrogant, are more radical. The frame has been moved.
    The next step will be to push the boundary further, making Dawkins merely uncomfortable for people and the Humanists main stream.

  2. says

    Valhar, I don’t think I called Dawkins an extremist. I just noted he pushed awareness and the boundaries. This allowed the compromise to be made with folks that once seemed radical. Progress gets made. The frame is moved. Standard process. Neither Dawkins or I are doing it wrong.

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