This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen published on HuffPo, and that’s saying a lot. On Tuesday, Richard Dawkins was on BBC Radio 4 discussing his new poll showing that England was not nearly as Christian a country as everyone supposed (I’ll have more on that soon). Debating the issue with Richard was Giles Fraser, former canon chancellor of St. Paul’s in London. Fraser took umbrage at one of the results of Dawkins’s poll, which showed that only 35% of Christians could identify Matthew as the first book of the New Testament (39% didn’t know).
By way of riposte, Fraser asked Dawkins to recite the full title of Darwin’s Origin. Really, how many of us know that long title by heart? HuffPo reports:
Dawkins was pretty close; the book’s full title is “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”
But his failure to summon the name on command has led a number of British media outlets to label the appearance as “deeply embarrassing” for Dawkins and claim “the High Priest of Darwinism doesn’t know the title of his own secular bible.”
But this is the worst part. First, HuffPo reports what Richard said:
“‘On The Origin Of Species’ … Uh. With, Oh God. ‘On The Origin Of Species.’ There is a subtitle with respect to the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.”
He named the deity! Anyway, the HuffPo (the “Religion” section, of course) leaped on that and called its report—wait for it:
All I can say to that is, “Jesus H. Christ, that’s pathetic!”