Report: Krauss blocked ABC TV channel from broadcasting Australia debates

Kevin Harris of Reasonable Faith interviews Dr. Craig about his recent speaking tour in Australia.

The MP3 file is here.

I pick up the recording at 02:30 in.

Summary:

  • After the first debate at North Carolina State, Krauss was very angry at Dr. Craig
  • He insisted that the three Australia debates be discussion without set speeches
  • Dr. Craig insisted on opening speeches, followed by a discussion
  • Dr. Craig also dialogged with his old debate partner Dr. Peter Slezak
  • Dr. Slezak got Dr. Craig’s paper in advance, and sent him his response in advance
  • They read out the paper and the response in Sydney at a local university and it went well
  • Australia is a post-Christian country, and many Australians are naturalists
  • The audiences of the tour events were 40-50% non-Christian, Dr. Craig estimates
  • There is a shortage of good, well-known Christian scholars in Australia
  • Dr. Craig met many young philosophy students in Australia
  • The organization who arranged the debates did not secure permission to record and distribute them
  • The organization who arranged the debates intended to live stream the three debates
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation was supposed to show all three of the debates
  • Dr. Krauss had not given his permission to record the debates
  • Dr. Krauss had not given his permission to distribute recordings of the debates (e.g. – post them to YouTube)
  • He later gave permission to record the first debate
  • He would not allow the distribution of that first debate until it was over and he could decide whether to allow it to be posted
  • He wanted to wait until the first debate ended before deciding whether to allow the second two to be recorded much less released
  • Dr. Krauss blocked the live-streaming of the three debates on the Internet
  • Dr. Krauss blocked the broadcast of the three debates on TV via the Australia Broadcast Corporation
  • LESSON FOR PEOPLE WHO ARRANGE DEBATES: Get written permission from both speakers to record and distribute the recording FIRST
  • Clearly, Dr. Krauss wanted to wait and see if he did well in the debates before allowing the recordings to be distributed (even on YouTube)
  • Dr. Craig was warned not to say anything about Dr. Krauss’ censorship, until all the events were finished
  • Kevin Harris: we will be doing a series of podcasts on each of the three debates on Reasonable Faith

Check out my previous post on how Krauss misrepresented scientific evidence in his third debate. The full video and summary of the third debate is here.

I have not watched or summarized the first two debates.

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