PLAYBOY: The Playboy Advisor received this question from a reader: “I feel uncomfortable when a person I just met asks me whether I go to church, because I don’t. Is there an etiquette to answering?”
DAWKINS: I would reply, “No, I do not go to church. Do you, and if so, why?”
PLAYBOY: That’s what you advised your daughter in a letter you wrote her when she was 10.
DAWKINS: What I did, and what I would tell other parents to do, is encourage her to think for herself. As an illustration, for Santa I said, “Well, let’s work out how many chimneys there are.” I mean, it would be a fun game where we calculate that he would have to be traveling faster than the speed of light.
PLAYBOY: What if the child bursts into tears?
DAWKINS: Oh, that would be a shame.