Dawkins to Leave Military Atheist Event Early, Army to Blame?
In publishing the schedule of the upcoming atheist Rock Beyond Belief at Fort Bragg, Justin Griffith highlighted a significant change to his lineup. For weeks the event has hyped that the controversial group Aiden would “headline” the event right into the main draw — Richard Dawkins. In fact, the Rock Beyond Belief website still says
Aiden will bring the rock right before Richard Dawkins goes on stage…
Now, the “main event” after Aiden is…a videotaped Q&A session with Dawkins. Dawkins’ speech is occurring much earlier in the day. Why?
There are too many variables that simply need to be locked down according to our contract with Fort Bragg.
Ah, its Fort Bragg’s fault. But wait, maybe not:
They did not force our hand…
That sounds more conciliatory, but its immediately followed with a dig at the Army:
…but I’m sure they are relieved to know that we will be able to censor / edit ahead of time.
As noted previously, the Army leadership has bent over backwards trying to support the atheists’ event. Even when Fort Bragg has given them exactly what they’ve wanted, they’ve still managed to find ways to denigrate the post that is giving them a free venue. (Indeed, other websites continue to mis-report the history of Rock Beyond Belief, and still portray the atheists as the persecuted innocents.)
All Griffith had to do was cull the melodrama and tell the truth: Richard Dawkins can’t do his speech at the planned time because he’s going to be on an airplane. So they made a schedule change. Big deal. Why drag the Army through the mud yet one more time?