November 22, 2014

NEVER LET THEM SEE BEHIND THE CURTAIN:

Noted atheist stands by remarks on sexism, pedophilia, Down syndrome (KIMBERLY WINSTON, 11/22/14,  Religion News Service)

Remarks he made on Twitter and elsewhere on subjects ranging from sexual harassment ("stop whining") to Down syndrome fetuses ("abort and try again") have sparked suggestions from some fellow nonbelievers that he would serve atheism better by keeping quiet.

When Religion News Service reported on his controversial tweets in July on pedophilia -- Dawkins opined that some attacks on children are "worse" than others -- Dawkins, 73, a British evolutionary biologist and best-selling New York Times author, declined to be interviewed.

But on a speaking tour through the San Francisco Bay Area in support of his new memoir, "An Appetite for Wonder," he invited a reporter to sit down with him and explore the thinking behind his remarks.

Bottom line: He stands by everything he has said -- including comments that one form of rape or pedophilia is "worse" than another, and that a drunken woman who is raped might be responsible for her fate.

"I don't take back anything that I've said," Dawkins said from a shady spot in the leafy backyard of one of his Bay Area supporters. "I would not say it again, however, because I am now accustomed to being misunderstood and so I will ... "

He trailed off momentarily, gazing at his hands resting on a patio table.

"I feel muzzled, and a lot of other people do as well," he said. "There is a climate of bullying, a climate of intransigent thought police which is highly influential in the sense that it suppresses people like me."

Why are folks always surprised when those who refuse God accept evil?

Posted by at November 22, 2014 8:42 AM
  

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