Monday is #qanda day in Australia, where the nation gathers in front of the TV to watch host Tony Jones and a mix of politicians, local semi-famous or semi-important people and the odd foreign dignitary, scientist or celebrity discuss matters of presumed public interest. I didn’t watch tonight’s episode because I was at work, but I noticed some Twitter comments while having dinner, and one by Leslie Cannold stood out, because it was particularly uninformed and wrong, and I hear this one way too often, it drives me mad, and it’s kind of my pet peeve :
Believe what you like, but the only logical position on God is agnosticism #qanda
This is completely wrong, and once again, here’s why. There just can be no convincing evidence for gods, ever. So remaining on the fence and withholding judgment on the matter is entirely illogical, since no such evidence can possibly ever be forthcoming. I am an atheist, I am convinced that gods and leprechauns and fairies do not exist, I take the absence of evidence for them as evidence of their absence, while at the same time realizing that just as Richard Dawkins, I am technically a 6.9 out of 7 on the scale between total belief and total unbelief. These views are not contradictory. You can be an agnostic and an atheist. I really don’t see why people have such a hard time understanding this.
Q & A tonight features an interesting panel, including nutjob Christian lobbyist Jim Wallace, and Cristina Rad of atheist YouTube fame. Here is a link to the live stream of the program :
Q & A
I have one question : A dangerous bigoted nutjob like Jim Wallace should not be given a public forum like Q & A, but a plane ticket to the USA, he’d feel more at home there. So why is it that we give him a forum, and instead of inviting Dawkins or PZ Myers or at least Blackford to counter his claims, we put Cristina Rad there ? This stuff is too important to be left to YouTubers.
This should be interesting.From the ABC website :
Geoffrey Robertson – international jurist, human rights lawyer, academic, author and broadcaster – is best known to Australian audiences for his celebrated Hypotheticals, television productions featuring a wide range of panellists plunged by Robertson into ethical dilemmas.
Geoffrey was born in Sydney in 1946 and grew up in the suburb of Eastwood. He graduated in law from Sydney University before winning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford. He settled in the UK and lives in London with his wife, Australian novellist Kathy Lette, and their two children.
Over his long career (he became a barrister in 1973 and a QC in 1988) Geoffrey has been involved with a broad range of human rights campaigns and causes. He was in the defence team for the celebrated obscenity trails against Oz and Gay News magazines in the early 70s and was threatened by terrorists for representing the author Salman Rushdie whose book The Satanic Verses was declared blasphemous by Islamic clerics.
He has appeared in civil liberties cases before the European Court of Human Rights and is currently campaigning to have the Pope prosecuted for protecting paedophiles in the Catholic church.
I didn’t know he was Australian ! Anyway, he must be on a book tour for his recently published book on the Pope and the catholic child abuse scandal.
Watch it if you can !