Wednesday, 24 April 2013

It's abuse, certainly...

Professor Richard Dawkins, clearly with either a book to sell or afraid we will all forget him, has repeated his  ridiculous comparison between the handing on of religious traditions  to children and child abuse. Speaking at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival [here] Dr Dawkins, local boy made good gone bad, asserted:

“...What a child should be taught is that religion exists; that some people believe this and some people believe that. What a child should never be taught is that you are a Catholic or Muslim child, therefore this is what you believe. That’s child abuse...”

No, but it's certainly an abuse of a literary festival.

Francis Phillips comments [here] on the abuse of a distinguished scientific reputation.


  1. He’s probably best left to become increasingly ridiculous. The more stuff like this he comes out with, the more he’ll save us the job of discrediting the New Atheism to the general public.

  2. He is not much liked, even amongst those who - at first glance - might be his natural constituency: atheist scientists. I understand, from people who have been taught by him and who have worked with him, that he simply cannot abide his positions being questioned, much less proved wrong. Politely ignoring him would seem to be the best approach.


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