Had the Rev. Al Sharpton not made his ill-thought out comment about Mormon Mitt Romney’s chances in the 2008 Presidential election, I’ve no doubt last week’s debate between Sharpton and contrarian & pundit Christopher Hitchens would have received little to no press. Atheism seems to be the last boogeyman in America, with little coverage given to prominent speakers on the subject, and that little coverage usually focuses on the supposed zealotry and prejudice of atheism (two terms which, I’ll admit, kinda boggle the mind in being tied to atheism). Considering this country was founded by students of the Enlightenment, you’d think we’d be a little be more open minded and secular on the matter.
Anyway…. Slate Editor Jacob Weisberg moderated the debate, which you can watch below. Very informative, and certainly worth watching. Sadly it lacks the sheer comedic genius of pairing up evangelist Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron against members of the atheist movement, Rational Response Squad that occurred last Wednesday on Nightline (which you can find at the ABC News site)