It appears Gareth expected some sort of negative Whaleoil effect, but instead he was actually asked some decent questions. I guess we all fear what we don’t know.
The whole AMA is here, but I’m sure he’ll forgive me if I cherry pick some of the more interesting bits from it.
I’ll start the the most popular question, as voted by the people, and Gareth’s answer to that most popular question:
Can you tax Sanitarium for us? We lose out on tens of millions in tax revenue because of that loophole. thanks in advance.
I’ll look into it. Cheers
That fell a bit flat, didn’t it?
Is there any truth to the rumor that you orchestrated the Rena grounding, in order to highlight the dangers of oil spills to New Zealand and in turn get the public to rally behind the Greens cause?
LOL, I can confirm it’s all a massive Whale Oil inspired conspiracy.
Speaking of conspiracy theories…
Where do you stand on NZ being a secularist government? (don’t take this the wrong way) how has your degree in religious studies helped your career?
I actually mostly focused on flying saucer cults in my studies because it was interesting and a totally modern manifestation of religion and I’m an atheist. I think it’s helped in the sense of learning about the world and people.
I support a secular Government and for example find Parliament’s Anglican prayer offensive.
I think I can safely leave it at that. If you’re interested in the rest, it’s all here for your personal edification.
One last thought: how can an atheist be offended by a prayer?