Why is he even doing this? He's just participating in their propaganda.
How mocking was that news anchor - "Preparing with candles and batteries"; in a VERY mocking tone? At least let him acknowledge that mocking is OK, or is it only OK against those mocking atheists who can't see something outside of their physical selves?
And that woman; Q: "Could 'God' stop the hurricane?"
"NO ! ! ! . . . That's not why you believe in an after life . . . I don't believe in a spiritual life so that someone could stop hurricanes".
In other words let's shout down any difficult details elucidated - either 'God' is not all powerful, or 'God' wants to leave the hurricane alone. Anyway, in her fury, the woman told us that 'God' is not all powerful, ie. can't stop hurricanes.
I think "sky daddy" is perfect. The point is to get people defending & questioning their beliefs. They've grown use to falling back on fuzzy terms like "spirit" without seeing the ridiculousness of it.
And, remember, Dave's intent is to be hard hitting and direct. If people are offended, that gets them talking, either to closeted atheists or fence sitters, or to you and me who can then further engage them. The more conversation, the better.
In a normal setting, this would be true.
On Fox News, you have to understand and accept that they will antagonize to try to make you look ridiculous too. If you're going to appear on Fox News and not plan on ass-kissing the Koch brothers' cronies and the Christian God, you might want to use tactics similar to this, if your intention is to get them to talk about you long after you exit the building. If he just dismissed "spirits" and didn't use terms like "sky daddy," he would have been forgotten immediately. I guarantee you that show was butthurt about that for a week, and continually brought it up afterwards.
That's the problem; Dave is not prepared at all. He's being highly confrontational. He's not getting people to 'ask questions' as others have put it. He's polarizing people, and in the process, making it harder for atheists to hustle theists. His strategy is all wrong and it's discombobulated. Unfortunately, there are people cheering him on for the wrong methods.
This isn't a physical battle where one can use brute force to 'win.' There has to be a slow, gradual infiltration of the mind, and that first begins with age old adage "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" -- essentially we have to hustle them, just like a banker hustles a potential client for a loan.