It has been a lot of fun, but we all knew it had to end someday. We had only planned to keep it going for a couple of weeks, but the reactions were above all expectations, and we just got swept away by the success. But we have decided to stop while we are still on top. So let me finally come clean: Richard Dawkins doesn't exist.
The entity you know as "Richard Dawkins" is simply a character created by the team here at Telic Thoughts. We have taken turn writing articles and books, and Guts has done an amazing job making composite images and live animations for use in television interviews.
We came up with the idea while hanging out at Mike Gene's place for pizzas and PlayStation. Deuce had brought some wine coolers, and we got pretty slushed. I don't remember who came up with the idea of making a fake persona, but I know that it was Joy who came up with naming him "Richard", as she thought it would make for some good jokes. We wrote down a bunch of stuff, and when we woke up next morning, the idea still made sense.
It has been great fun coming up with outrageous stuff to have "Dawkins" say, seeing how many people would buy it. We were simply amazed that people not only took us seriously, but actually started praising Dawkins for the stuff we made him say. Like, that a religious upbringing is child abuse, or that being abused by a priest is not as bad as having been brought up Catholic to begin with. These things were beyond the pale and without any foundation what so ever, but people lapped it up, calling Dawkins a "defender of reason".
We messed up, though, when we let Dawkins sign a petition to make religious upbringing illegal. We later became worried that a fake signature (if only on an internet petition) would bring us in conflict with the law, and an insincere statement distancing Dawkins from the petition had to be typed up.
But all good things must come to an end. I hope you enjoyed our little prank and aren't too mad if we had you fooled. I have enjoyed every second of it, and as we wrap it all up, I would like to thank the entire crew here at Telic Thoughts for keeping up the appearances all these years. Enjoy the rest of April.