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Dawkins stands by views on Down syndrome (abort), sexual harassment (stop whining), pedophilia, etc.

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File:A small cup of coffee.JPG It is ridiculous to spend so much bandwidth in one day on a figure like Dawkins, increasingly a caricature of a parody of himself. But I’ve been distracted recently by the demands of stories elsewhere… and frankly, this just fell out of a tree:

Just in from Religion News:

But in recent months, a few of his opinions have riled many in the atheist community as well. 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.

No, no, Dick, keep talking, keep talking.

When Religion News Service reported on his controversial July tweets on pedophilia — Dawkins opined that some attacks on children are “worse” than others — the 73-year-old British evolutionary biologist and best-selling New York Times author declined to be interviewed.

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.

Dawkins is quite right to complain of “a climate of bullying, a climate of intransigent thought police which is highly influential in the sense that it suppresses people like me.”

But as Canadian free speech journalists could tell him, things have been way worse when the thought police had the law on their side. (And maybe will again.)

If his beef is just that other atheists wish he would retire or something… and apparently, they do wish that…

Okay, so people don’t like him. Because he has chosen to be the bad clown, not the mad clown, the sad clown, or the happy clown. The role doesn’t come with good press.

Now, on a serious note, re people with Down syndrome:

Richard Dawkins on Down syndrome: Immoral that such a person should live

Priceless: A mother’s plea to son with Down syndrome to be tolerant of Dawkins

and

Why should Richard Dawkins even live?

Overall: Holy kaziddle. Usual coverage resumes tomorrow.

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3 Replies to “Dawkins stands by views on Down syndrome (abort), sexual harassment (stop whining), pedophilia, etc.

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    Robert Byers says:

    amen. The thought and speech control empire that has been built for the last few decades is getting everybody.
    Thats why it will be destroyed. it is poorly organized.
    in canada indeed any law that opposes free thought and speech is immoral and illegal by our ancient british rights to speak the truth.
    A showdown or high noon is coming for cAnada on this.
    so we should agree with Dawkins on freedom and not join in silencing or discrediting him on minor issues or big ones.
    People who mean to gain audiences never say things they think the audience doesn’t tolerate.
    people just speak carelessly.

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    Blue_Savannah says:

    It’s disgusting that someone would even hold such views. That being said, I find it more than a little interesting to hear Dawkins claim it would be immoral to allow an unborn baby with down syndrome to live…that sounds like he believes morality is not subjective.

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    Moose Dr says:

    I understand that Dawkins was sexually abused as a teen. My understanding is that this took place in a religious institution of some sort, by the staff/clergy. I contend that Dawkins’ vehement hatred of all things religious/theistic stems from his unrecognized anger at this event. Ie, I believe that Dawkins was traumatized much more than he has dared to admit by this event.

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