Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Dinesh D'Souza: Winner of the 2007 Bad Faith Award

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The publication of our January/February issue saw the coronation of Dinesh D'Souza as 2007's most scurrilous enemy of reason, after he walked away with our prestigious Bad Faith Award having scooped an astonishing 22% of the public vote.

In a field crowded by heavyweights like the Bishop of Carlisle, Chuck Norris and Pope Benedict XVI, D'Souza came from nowhere to seize the award ahead of many of the world's leading bigots, charlatans and proselytisers.

Who is Dinesh D’Souza, and what could he possibly have done to claim 525 votes, compared to runner-up the Pope’s meagre 415? Indian-born D’Souza is well known in the US, where his conservative Catholic commentary is tiresomely ubiquitous, particularly his view that the “cultural left” was responsible for 9/11, since it has “fostered a decadent American culture that angers and repulses traditional societies”.

His success in the poll is probably related to the publication of his most recent book What’s So Great About Christianity – a both-barrels attack on the “New Atheists” – and his frequent denunciation of atheists and liberals. Here’s a sample: “The religious tribe is made up of people who have an animating sense of purpose. The secular tribe is made up of people who are not sure why they exist at all. The religious tribe is composed of individuals who view their every thought and action as consequential. The secular tribe is made up of matter that cannot explain why it is able to think at all.”

Attention now turns to those individuals who will be looking to wrest the Bad Faith Award from D'Souza's clutches when the 2008 version is presented at the end of this year. We're already inviting readers to make nominations, which you can do by adding a comment to this blog post or emailing us on webcontact@newhumanist.org.uk. Early frontrunners must surely include new England boss Fabio Capello for his outspoken support of Franco and the Pope, and Tom Cruise for his increasingly bizarre cheerleading on behalf of Scientology. We were amazed Cruise wasn't nominated last year, but his latest rant on behalf of the religion must surely catapult him into the running.

In the meantime, all that remains is to extend our congratulations to this year's winner. Well done Dinesh, we will be making a donation of £20 or less to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science on your behalf.

7 comments:

alex said...

surely the Rt. Rev. Huckabee must be up for a baddy in '08.

Anonymous said...

Goodness. By sheer coincidence, D'Souza has also been awarded our organisation's coveted Shitlord of the Year 2007 Award.

Philboid Studge
ravingatheists.com

See http://ravingatheists.com/forum/showpost.php?p=465597&postcount=104

BoB said...

So, how about a bar-graph of the results? Or at least a text listing of how they all fared...

Robert S. said...

“cultural left” was responsible for 9/11?

Say no more! Hasn't he ever heard Osama's explicit reasons for 9/11?

"I don't think Osama bin Laden sent those planes to attack us because he hated our freedom. I think he did it because of our support for Israel, our ties with the Saudi family and our military bases in Saudi Arabia. You know why I think that? Because that's what he fucking said! Are we a nation of 6-year-olds? Answer: yes." - David Cross

Paul Sims said...

BoB - the full results are down at the bottom right of the blog (I shifted it down to make way for the new pool we're doing).

George said...

I'm so chuffed with this result - can I get credit for nominating him??

If not - no big deal because this arse-kicking D'Souza got on the Colbert Report has totally made my day...

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/01/17/colbert-nails-dinesh-dsouza/

BoB said...

Oh... yeah...
*scrolls for for ~9 seconds*
Heh. There they are...

And whaddaya know, Chuck beat Fred.