Richard Dawkins spoke with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News last night. I thought it would be more explosive, but it remained extremely quiet and civilized. That said, the crux of the issue was addressed:
O’Reilly: well, it’s true for me, you see I believe…
Dawkins: you mean “true for you” is different from “true for anybody else”? How can something be true for you? Something has either got to be true or not.
This is, to me, the critical issue of our political era: having faith in something is okay if it helps you as a person, but it’s not okay to decide policies based on scientifically unfounded beliefs. By saying “true for me,” O’Reilly and his gang are muddling the concept of “truth.” As if personal beliefs and scientific truths are just two sides of the same coin. They’re not. Some things are true, even if your faith tells you otherwise.
The best part, though, was when O’Reilly had the gall to say:
And you know, being humble is a Christian virtue
Yes, Bill, if only you listened to your own advice every now and then.