Jesus Keyrist, really? Do we really want an apology from Oprah? I’ve seen several articles now screaming, “Atheists want an apology from Oprah!”
Please. No. That is not necessary. We’re starting to look like a bunch of whiney babies. Watch the video. Decide for yourself. It’s harmless. Oprah is courteous and curious. She’s giving her opinion–as she always does; she clearly means no harm. I get what both of them are saying.
If you watch the entire interview, you’ll see that Diane Nyad doesn’t even believe like many of us nonbelievers. She believes the soul lives on after death, that we can feel “collective souls.” That sounds pretty new-agey to me. It echoes the Jewish and Christian and Hindu and Buddhist idea of an essence that exists separately from the body. There are a lot of us who would disagree, who would say there is no such thing as a “soul.”
And yet, it’s such a little thing.
So as for the “atheists in awe” comment, it’s no big deal to me. And I hope there are a lot more out there who think so, too, after watching the interview. Besides, we have bigger proverbial fish to fry.