Richard Dawkins is known as the Prophet of Pointlessness because it was Dawkins who said: “[the universe] has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at bottom no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pointless indifference.”
Dawkins has something of a cult following and encourages his troops to wear a scarlet A on their chest. (the new scarlet A is for Atheist, whereas in Hawthorne’s book the scarlet A stood for Adulterer). This scarlet letter is often found on Gnu Atheist websites. The inventor of the new scarlet A, Josh Timonen, worked for Dawkins and is now being sued by Dawkins.
GLENDALE, Calif. (CN) – Evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins claims an employee of his Foundation for Reason and Science embezzled $375,000 from the online store he ran for Dawkins’ charity, by claiming it made only $30,000 in 3 years.
Dawkins says he founded the charity to “support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering.”
Dawkins hired Josh Timonen in 2006 to run his website and produce videos for him, according to the Superior Court complaint. Timonen began working for the Foundation in 2007.
If Timonen is guilty, the scarlet letter A might be given new meaning.
HT: Matt Young, Abigail Smith