From the vantage point of the United States, the program is remarkable: You simply would never encounter such a brazen denunciation of religious faith on this country's airwaves, because the outcry from the religious right would be deafening. Dawkins's narration drips with contempt; as he goes about his rounds, it's as if he can hardly restrain himself from shouting, "I'm surrounded by IDIOTS!" The smoke coming out of his ears leaves a trail behind him wherever he goes.Link
In the seven-and-a-half minute clip linked through the image below, Dawkins visits Colorado Springs to attend a sermon by an influential but proudly ignorant pastor. In a conversation with Dawkins after the sermon, the pastor likens the event to a rock concert. Dawkins suggests that it was more akin to a Nuremberg rally —- a comparison that the pastor appears to be too uneducated and ignorant to be offended by.
Reader comment: Richardsays:
I actually saw this program in the UK, and the particular part you mention in that clip is superb to see.
The Pastor doesn't really get upset onscreen, afterwards he apparently came up to the crew in the car park and told them to get off his land because he had called his worshippers animals. That's a reference to Dawkins saying that we're descended from apes!
There are some amazingly good scenes, and very strong arguments. From my little write up of it there are a few links to some essays he's written which are even more powerful. The essay about religion and human guided missiles is very tough going. You've got to admire him.