Flowers only found out the previous day that the show had invited Richard Dawkins, the world’s premiere atheist, on with Flowers. Within minutes of arriving on the stage, Dawkins had turned to Flowers and called the Book of Mormon an obvious fake and Joseph Smith a criminal and a charlatan. Regardless of what one thinks of Mormonism, Flowers was there to discuss the music and Dawkins was aggressively rude.
A stunned Flowers did well for the little we saw. Flowers might have held his own against Dawkins, but we don’t know because the show edited most of Flower’s responses out. They only left his first response accusing Dawkins of not doing enough research before attacking another’s faith. The response was fact-less, so by leaving only that response Flowers comes off as not knowing his own religion’s history. When the show returned, from commercial break I guess, the lead interviewer tells Flowers he must leave to set up with the band.
They used him as fodder for Dawkins, ignored his response, and then told him to shut up and sing. Worse, check out the comments at DigitalSpy or The Guardian articles on this interview. Most blame Flowers for not sticking to the music.
In light of this interview and recent debates, I suggest a new strategy for any Republican, libertarian, conservative, or faithful faced with granting an interview outside of center-right organizations: only do live. When interviews are pre-taped, they always make us look like idiots or cut our arguments in the editing room. (Ask Sarah Palin about that.) Live, they can’t edit. Sure, there is risk, but our ideas are better and our debate skills are battle born. (Ask Mitt Romney about that.) Live we have a chance others might actually hear what we have to say.