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CNN invites us to discuss whether "God"
exists — and stacks the deck

 

By MarieAlena Castle
Communications Director, Atheists For Human Rights

 

MarieAlena Castle on CNN

 

CNN called to ask me to be on a Christmas Eve program with a Christian to discuss "Is There a God?" It was an opportunity to get a few facts to the public, but I had no great expectations, given the religious bias of the media. The segment was taped the afternoon of 24 December, with me in Minneapolis in front of a camera, talking with the heard-but-unseen interviewer and the god believer. The program aired at 9 PM CST, with only about half of the taped material used. A video of this interview is on our videos page.

Not surprisingly, the segment was not allowed to amount to much, perhaps because CNN knew what I might say from the pre-program interview conducted a couple of days earlier. God beliefs cannot survive an open, factual discussion of their validity.

The segment was treated as a trivial time filler on a slow news night. It deserves a profound and serious discussion. Of all the ideas put forth in human history, god beliefs have caused — and are causing today — more misery by far than any others, yet it is taboo to discuss them.

STACKING THE DECK

What we got from CNN was another example of Christian propaganda and bias.

A REAL DISCUSSION

Given the opportunity for a serious discussion, here are just some of the facts that show that a god (defined as the eternally existing omniscient, omnipotent spirit that created the universe) does not and cannot exist:

There is only one god for which we have evidence, and it's one that nature created inadvertently — us! — warts and all. The sloppiness of the evolutionary process shows. We just have to make the best of it.