Richard Dawkins Busts a key Myth of Atheism

by Datechguy | August 1st, 2014

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Richard Dawkins Busts a key Myth of Atheism

That athe­ism is all about diss­ing reli­gion as a whole.

the Left didn’t have a prob­lem with his descrip­tion of Pope Bene­dict XVI as a ‘leer­ing old vil­lain in the frock’ who ran ‘a prof­i­teer­ing, woman-​fearing, guilt-​gorging, truth-​hating, child-​raping insti­tu­tion … amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-​kitsch sacred hearts and pre­pos­ter­ously crowned vir­gins, about his ears.’

But today we see the Guardian going after the once Esteemed Dawkins:

Sure, he wrote some pop sci­ence books back in the day, but why do we keep hav­ing him on TV and in the news­pa­pers? If it’s a biol­o­gist you’re after, or a sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tor, why not pick from the hun­dreds out there who don’t tweet five or six Islam­o­pho­bic sen­ti­ments before get­ting off the toi­let in the morn­ing? If you need an athe­ist, there are many philoso­phers, schol­ars of reli­gion, and pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als avail­able who don’t refuse to acknowl­edge the exis­tence of theology.

You know although we often there the word “Islam­o­pho­bic” thrown around but except by me I’ve never heard any­one describe any of the reg­u­lar attack­ers of Chris­tian­ity in gen­eral and Catholics in par­tic­u­lar as “Christo-​Phobic”, have you?

But back to the piece in gen­eral, while one might think the impulse would be to give Dawkins credit for con­sis­tency since like Pat Con­dell he dis­misses all reli­gions equally, the attack in the Guardian sug­gests that now all “right think­ing” peo­ple (by which it is meant “peo­ple who think cor­rectly”) should reject Dawkins mean­ing his days of cameos on Dr. Who

are likely over:

Damian Thomp­son also notes how not only is Dawkins in the present not toxic but his once highly praised books of the past are nw to be reclas­si­fied after these lat­est utterances:

Note how The Self­ish Gene and The Blind Watch­maker — mas­ter­pieces of lucid think­ing that advanced humanity’s under­stand­ing of evo­lu­tion — have become mere ‘pop sci­ence’ now that their author is upset­ting the wrong people.

Ah total­i­tar­i­an­ism never changes, his old writ­ings are sud­denly VER­BOTEN or at least noth­ing sig­nif­i­cant. Will we next see his image air­brushed out of posed photos?

Now lets stip­u­late that one does not have to be a fan of either rad­i­cal Islam or rad­i­cal fem­i­nism to think his argu­ments on reli­gion are tripe & Dawkins is an ass.

Nev­er­the­less we must give thanks to Mr. Dawkins for he has cre­ated a clar­i­fy­ing moment for soci­ety in demon­strat­ing that any cri­tique of Islam such as not­ing the com­par­a­tive num­ber of sci­ence Nobles of a sin­gle col­lege vs the entire Islamic world is beyond the pale he demon­strates that for the vast major­ity of our sec­u­lar human­ist friends their “athe­ism” was not and never was about a dis­be­lief in a or the gods wor­shiped by humans on planet earth.

No Pro­fes­sor Dawkins by his con­sis­tency of thought has con­firmed that sec­u­lar human­ism always has and always will be just another vehi­cle to attack & deny and mar­gin­al­ized Chris­tian­ity under the quite cor­rect the­ory that it’s truths are a direct threat to the ide­ol­ogy of the wor­ship of one’s self.

Thank you so much Pro­fes­sor Dawkins for pro­vid­ing that impor­tant service…

…but I still think you’re an ass,

Update: Stacy gets it:

Athe­ism has a tele­ol­ogy — a pur­pose, an inher­ent goal — hav­ing devel­oped in the West as a means of under­min­ing the social and legal author­ity of Chris­t­ian moral­ity. Athe­ism is there­fore not equally hos­tile to all reli­gious beliefs, nor is it objec­tive in the selec­tion of targets.

Peo­ple who hate Chris­tian­ity nowa­days declare them­selves “athe­ists” in much the same way as peo­ple who hate Amer­ica once declared them­selves “Com­mu­nists.” For that mat­ter, it’s the same way women who hate men call them­selves “fem­i­nists.” The claimed label is a means of ratio­nal­iz­ing one’s hatred in a self-​flattering way, by dis­tin­guish­ing one’s own enlight­ened sophis­ti­ca­tion in con­trast to those whom one ridicules as igno­rant sim­ple­tons for their tra­di­tional beliefs.

“Pro­fess­ing them­selves to be wise, they became fools.”

Nearly 2,000 years later, this ver­dict still con­demns them.

Dawkins at least has the virtue of consistency.

That atheism is all about dissing religion as a whole.

the Left didn’t have a problem with his description of Pope Benedict XVI as a ‘leering old villain in the frock’ who ran ‘a profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution … amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.’

But today we see the Guardian going after the once Esteemed Dawkins:

 

Sure, he wrote some pop science books back in the day, but why do we keep having him on TV and in the newspapers? If it’s a biologist you’re after, or a science communicator, why not pick from the hundreds out there who don’t tweet five or six Islamophobic sentiments before getting off the toilet in the morning? If you need an atheist, there are many philosophers, scholars of religion, and public intellectuals available who don’t refuse to acknowledge the existence of theology.

 

You know although we often there the word “Islamophobic” thrown around but except by me I’ve never heard anyone describe any of the regular attackers of Christianity in general and Catholics in particular as “Christo-Phobic”, have you?

But back to the piece in general, while one might think the impulse would be to give Dawkins credit for consistency since like Pat Condell he dismisses all religions equally, the attack in the Guardian suggests that now all “right thinking” people (by which it is meant “people who think correctly”) should reject Dawkins meaning his days of cameos on Dr. Who

are likely over:

Damian Thompson also notes how not only is Dawkins in the present not toxic but his once highly praised books of the past are nw to be reclassified after these latest utterances:

Note how The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker — masterpieces of lucid thinking that advanced humanity’s understanding of evolution — have become mere ‘pop science’ now that their author is upsetting the wrong people.

Ah totalitarianism never changes, his old writings are suddenly VERBOTEN or at least nothing significant. Will we next see his image airbrushed out of posed photos?

Now lets stipulate that one does not have to be a fan of either radical Islam or radical feminism to think his arguments on religion are tripe & Dawkins is an ass.

Nevertheless we must give thanks to Mr. Dawkins for he has created a clarifying moment for society in demonstrating that any critique of Islam such as noting the comparative number of science Nobles of a single college vs the entire Islamic world is beyond the pale he demonstrates that for the vast majority of our secular humanist friends their “atheism” was not and never was about a disbelief in a or the gods worshiped by humans on planet earth.

No Professor Dawkins by his consistency of thought has confirmed that secular humanism always has and always will be just another vehicle to attack & deny and marginalized Christianity under the quite correct theory that it’s truths are a direct threat to the ideology of the worship of one’s self.

Thank you so much Professor Dawkins for providing that important service…

…but I still think you’re an ass,

Update:  Stacy gets it:

Atheism has a teleology — a purpose, an inherent goal — having developed in the West as a means of undermining the social and legal authority of Christian morality. Atheism is therefore not equally hostile to all religious beliefs, nor is it objective in the selection of targets.

People who hate Christianity nowadays declare themselves “atheists” in much the same way as people who hate America once declared themselves “Communists.” For that matter, it’s the same way women who hate men call themselves “feminists.” The claimed label is a means of rationalizing one’s hatred in a self-flattering way, by distinguishing one’s own enlightened sophistication in contrast to those whom one ridicules as ignorant simpletons for their traditional beliefs.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

Nearly 2,000 years later, this verdict still condemns them.

Dawkins at least has the virtue of consistency.

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