Secularist of the Year 2009 Part 1/5

Secularist of the Year 2009 Part 1/5


and now we come to the big one the Irwin
prize for Sakura STUV the year and as well as the cash price so generously
funded by Michael Owen this year we have a souvenir for our winner to take home
in the shape of a golden ammonite I’m going to ask professor Dawkins to
come on stage now so we can say a few words and then announce who the winner
is well Matthew was obviously a troublemaker I can tell me absolute to
was a troublemaker as we saw earlier in the cabaret I was reminded of a remark
by Winston Churchill who said history will be kind to me I intend to write it the history of that debate that we know
about was the history as written by Huxley there are other accounts of it
for example that the real winner of the debate was not Huxley at all but hooker
which is seldom suggested but is interesting Darwin was not a
troublemaker Darwin was as was said in the in the Cabaret Darwin was a
self-effacing man who didn’t Rhenish combat he did adopt Huxley’s word of
agnostic and this he had rather interesting argument actually with
Edward Aveling who was a famous atheist of the time evening went and called on
Darwin together with a German visitor and everything asked Darwin why he
didn’t call himself an atheist and Darwin insisted that he was an agnostic
and when pressed why he didn’t call himself an atheist him already said that
he that he was an atheist he didn’t use the word but that he said that atheists
was too aggressive a word and he even went so far as to say it’s all very well
for people like us to be atheists but he didn’t use the word riffraff but that
was kind of foundation out there the word you used
was right they aren’t they are not ripe for atheism we need to call ourselves
agnostics for essentially political diplomatic reasons that’s not my way but
that was by the way over halarian told me yesterday that she fondly imagined
the bass campaigns come to an end it isn’t I saw a bus today um with that
with that with arianne slogan or bodies I was delighted because I was rather
disappointed to be told yesterday that the buses were known longer on the road
but it’s gone viral it’s on the internet there’s a website make your own bus
design your Xbox and you can go in there and put your own slogan on and there are
lots and lots and lots of them it’s gone viral my favorite of them is if you see
this bus and then you see in the same logo Arians logo that pink and orange
thing you see the slogan my favorite is science flies you to the moon religion
flies you into buildings okay it’s a very pleasant duty that I
have for this great society and I congratulate them on everything they do
to present the secularist of the ward say crews secularist of the Year award
do I what I do no not yet no I’m going to be going to give you a little award
or a little plug because I want to tell everyone that not only does Richard
handout Ward’s he gets them too and he’s just one award an award himself for the
genius of Charles Darwin and that film that TV documentary series has won the
prize for the best TV documentary series at the british broadcaster wards and
it’s absolutely kappa fascinating and captivating so if you missed it on TV do
buy the DVD and now we come to the solemn moment you choose if this is you
you guys know Oh is the count look at the council and Michael Owen yeah well
the one who gets the council’s vote the ones you get the council’s those lord
Avebury and dr. Evan Harris so obviously didn’t get it wrong they do
they write a doctor evan harris and lord Avebury last year managed to achieve
something that the NSS has been trying to do for the totality of its 140 years
existence they got rid of the blasphemy law using a cunning two-pronged attack
in the commons and the Lord’s they forced the government into bringing
forth an amendment letter last Ridaz of the ancient and terrible law of
blasphemous libel so I want to invite Evan Harris and lord over break up onto
the stage please to collect their well-deserved awards so the problem is what are we going to do
with this now I thought about splitting it in two so they could each have half
of it but actually they’ve both been very very generous right at the outset
they said we don’t want the cash and we’d like you to keep it for another
years sector astir the year so wasn’t that wonderful so I should have to conclude with a
confession to both gentlemen one when Evan had me working last Christmas the
Christmas before last on the preparation for the blasphemy law I must say I was
thinking as I was becoming ever more popular unpopular in doing this work
over the Christmas holiday I bet this isn’t going anywhere and I couldn’t have
been more wrong so I’m sorry about that and the other one was with the meeting
with Baroness Andrews where I couldn’t believe that she was going to say well
how are we going to do not they not actually say we ain’t good at doing
really so again wrong but I think Eric shared my skepticism and then won’t we
both pleased to be wrong

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