Dawkins in Lynchburg
What happened when Richard Dawkins was questioned by students and lecturers from Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, a fundamentalist Christian college in Lynchburg, Virginia? Dawkins has been keeping a (sometimes hilarious) diary of his God Delusion book tour. He gave a reading in the town of Lynchburg last month, on 24 October, and the event was attended by quite a few Liberty students and staff. Here's how Dawkin's describes the evening:
Last night in Lynchburg, Virginia, home of the infamous Jerry Falwell, was memorable. The large hall at Randolph Macon Woman’s College was packed. I gave a fairly short program of readings from The God Delusion, and then the bulk of the evening was given over to much more than an hour of Q & A. The first questioner announced himself as coming from Liberty (Falwell’s 'University'), and he began by saying he had never been so insulted, yet simultaneously so amused, by any lecture. Many of the questioners announced themselves as either students or faculty from Liberty, rather than from Randolph Macon which was my host institution. One by one they tried to trip me up, and one by one their failure to do so was applauded by the audience. Finally, I said that my advice to all Liberty students was to resign immediately and apply to a proper university instead. That received thunderous applause, so that I almost began to feel slightly sorry for the Liberty people. Only almost and only slightly, however.
You can watch that Q&A here: