So here’s my question: Are the so-called New Atheists paying evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham, Mike Huckabee and D. Michael Lindsay to make Jesus look stupid? Or as I write in my new book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace (Chapter 9, page, 45):
Sam likes to call me out of the blue and casually mention the latest dumb stunt perpetrated by the Religious Right, the Roman Catholic bishops or the Republican Party, as if I have anything to do with it. He pretends I’m still one of “them” whenever “they” do something insane. A televangelist says gay people are going to hell… A bunch of bishops try to ban women from getting insurance coverage for contraceptives… Sam is on the phone!
I like those nutty right-wing stunts. They’re why people like Rachel Maddow invite me onto cable news programs. My commentary goes something like this:
Rachel: “Frank, you used to be one of them so tell us, how dumb are these people?”
Me: “Very dumb, Rachel.”
Rachel: “How dangerous are they?”
Me: “Very dangerous. Buy my new book and you’ll know why!”
It’s a living… of sorts.
As noted in the Guardian, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his war against the West has “deployed heavy military equipment, energy-supply blackmail, cyber-attack, propaganda by sophisticated, well-funded broadcasters, covert operations and agents of influence in EU capitals – oh yes, and Russian bombers nosing up the English Channel with their transponders off, potentially endangering civilian flights.”