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There are would-be murderers all round the world

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who want to kill you and me and themselves,

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because they are motivated by what
they think is the highest ideal.

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Of course politics are important,

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lraq, Palestine, even social
deprivation in Bradford,

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but as we wake up to this huge challenge
to our civilised values

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don't lets forget the elephant in the room,
an elephant called religion.

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The suicide bomber is convinced
that in killing for his God,

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he will be fast-tracked to
a special martyrs' heaven.

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This isn't just a problem of lslam.

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In this program I want
to examine that dangerous thing

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that is common to Judaism
and Christianity as well

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the process of nonthinking called faith.

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I am a scientist, and I believe there is a profound
contradiction between science and religious belief.

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There is no well-demonstrated reason
to believe in god

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and I think that the idea of a divine creator
belittles the elegant reality of the universe.

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The 21st century should be an age of reason, yet
irrational, militant faith is back on the march.

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Religious extremism is implicated in the world's
most bitter and unending conflicts.

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"We want the non-Muslims off the lands of
Mohammad. We want the kafir out of it."

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America, too, has its own fundamentalists.

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"The Issue for the next generation is
going to be the islamification of Europe."

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And in Britain, even as we live
in the shadow of holy terror,

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our government wants to restrict
our freedom to criticise religion.

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Science, we are told, should not tread
on the toes of theology.

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But why should scientists
tiptoe respectfully away?

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The time has come for the people of reason
to say enough is enough.

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Religious faith discourages independent thought,
it's divisive and it's dangerous.

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Root of All Evil?

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The God Delusion

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lt looks lovely doesn't it?
Inoffensive and gentle.

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But isn't this the beginning
of that slippery slope

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that leads to young men with
rucksack bombs on the Tube?

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If you want to experience
the mediaeval rituals of faith,

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the candle light, incense, music,
important-sounding dead languages,

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nobody does it better than the Catholics.

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At Lourdes in southern France,
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