Monday, January 09, 2006

When they come for your children, don't say you weren't warned.

Somehow, this guy sounds vaguely familiar.....

Dawkins: Religion equals 'child abuse'
Scientist compares Moses to Hitler, calls New Testament 'sado-masochistic doctrine'
Entitled "Root of All Evil?," the series features the atheist Dawkins visiting Lourdes, France, Colorado Springs, Colo., the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and a British religious school, using each of the venues to argue religion subverts reason.
Because heaven knows you can't be intelligent, rational, and informed in still believe in God. Might as well believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny. But the Big Bang? Sure, no problem.
Dawkins, using his visit to Colorado Springs' New Life Church, criticizes conservative U.S. evangelicals and warns his audience of the influence of "Christian fascism" and "an American Taliban."
No room left in that rainbow of diversity for Christians, eh?
In part two, "The Virus of Faith," Dawkins attacks the teaching of religion to children, calling it child abuse.
Damn hetronormative fundamentalist moralizers. Much better to encourage our children to explore their sexuality at an early age, and teach them that there are no "right" answers, only individual interpretations of good and bad, all equally valid.
He really is going beyond his abilities as a scientist when he starts to venture into the field of philosophy and theology.
Ya think? Scientists should stick to science, right? I thought one of the requirements to speak on a topic was to be informed about it? If he's a true scientist, then he can't be bothered with crazy voodoo mysticism, because religion is not science!
He is the guy with demonstrable problems."
Understatement Of The Year.
Madeline Bunting, a columnist for the Guardian, who reviewed the series, wrote: "There's an aggrieved frustration that [atheist humanists] have been short-changed by history – we were supposed to be all atheist rationalists by now. Secularization was supposed to be an inextricable part of progress. Even more grating, what secularization there has been is accompanied by the growth of weird irrationalities from crystals to ley lines. As G.K. Chesterton pointed out, the problem when people don't believe in God is not that they believe nothing, it is that they believe anything."
There's an old country song which states, "You've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything."

Truer words were never spoken. But alas, that sounds too much like philosphy, and since it isn't quantifiable, reproducible, or falisifiable, then I guess it must be discarded as irrelevant.

That this guy can spout such hateful, bigoted bile and still be referred to as a "scientist" is as reprehensible as his comments.