Richard Dawkins Discusses Science, Religion, and Pope Francis on Real Time with Bill Maher

Richard Dawkins appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher last night and discussed everything from why people fear outspoken atheists to President Obama‘s supposed atheism:

I thought Dawkins came off remarkably well in that clip, at least compared to his poor performance on The Daily Show — Partly because Maher wasn’t antagonistic at all and partly because Dawkins got much more of a chance to explain himself and show off his passion for science. The only part that made me cringe was at the very end when Dawkins jokingly said that having the popular Pope Francis at the helm of the Catholic Church was a “dangerous” thing because “we don’t want nice men in the Vatican.”

Of course, he meant that having a welcoming Pope could draw more people into the Catholic faith and he didn’t want to see that as an atheist, but who knows how that statement will be spun by his critics.

(via Mediaite)

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