Incivility Watch: Ted the Atheist Debates a Beach Preacher I’ll Call “The Proclaimer”

In the below video, I love Ted the Atheist’s rational take-down of The Proclaimer. And Ted the Atheist was right to decline a handshake with The Proclaimer. When you hunker down, as The Proclaimer did, and refuse to offer reasons for what you believe, that’s a form of incivility not to be rewarded with a handshake and smile at the end.

Something else that strikes me about this atheist-theist interaction is how The Proclaimer appears to think of himself as a good cop enforcing the traffic laws against the speeding atheists of the world. He has no authority to physically arrest anybody, but he can point people to God’s “law” and let their objections roll off him like water from a duck’s back. He has this magical thinking idea that simply repeating his biblical mantras over and over will wear down those who disagree with him.

It’s what happens to you, in other words, when you read your Bible in alternation with watching episodes of Cops.

My favorite part of the video is when a guy waddles past at the 3:10 mark. Watch for it.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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6 Responses to Incivility Watch: Ted the Atheist Debates a Beach Preacher I’ll Call “The Proclaimer”

  1. amazingly, telling someone they are a sinner for not believing, isn’t talking.

    The preacher thinks he’s being reasonable, when he’s not even having a conversation

    he’s just lecturing regardless of what the atheist is saying

    seriously, based on what is he calling this guy a thief?

  2. Jaz A says:

    Great video. Thanks for showing it, and thanks for the web site…

  3. Ted Peterson says:

    Updating.. I’m now on facebook as /TedTheAtheist

  4. Santi Tafarella says:

    Great Ted! Thanks for updating.


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