nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk) wrote,

Let's get something straight

Richard Dawkins: a man born in 1941, former holder of the University of Oxford Professorship of the Public Understanding of Science, evolutionary biologist, husband of Lalla Ward, atheist, and man who sometimes says things that people who adhere to religious beliefs find mildly offensive or to touch a nerve.

Adolf Hitler: a man born in 1889, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and generally agreed to be one of the nastier political figures of the twentieth century, whose policies, philosophies, and actions, led to the murder of millions of people, and the death in war of millions more.

I think there’s quite a difference between these two men.

Let’s get something else straight. If you think that there is the slightest justification for comparing these two people, or Dawkins and Stalin, or Dawkins and Islamic terrorists, or Dawkins and fascists, or Dawkins and Nazis, or Dawkins and people who by their position in religious organisations hold a position in the second chamber of our bicameral parliamentary system*, you can get off this blog and be no loss whatsoever. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

No, I don't think that atheists in the UK are oppressed. I do think that an awful lot of Christians have an overweening sense of entitlement and get pathetically offended when people behave in a very, very mild way towards them as they regularly behave towards the rest of us, and that they then behave in rather unpleasant ways. I am anxious about making this post because I don't want to upset people. Talk about double standards! I can't listen to the radio over breakfast without being regularly insulted for not adhering to religions, I don't get to go to the train station without being called a fool because I don't believe in God, and I don't get to walk down the shopping street at lunch time without being called a thief bound for hell. Richard Dawkins doesn't come up to people trying to go to WH Smith and deliver personal insults, but that's what I dodged last week on Cornmarket. If you can't stop yourself from committing murder without the threat of damnation, then you're a very scary person. I'm better than that.

*Did you see what I did there? No, it wasn’t very nice, was it? More seriously, it is of course very true that Dawkins, not being a Lord Spiritual, does not have the power to vote on legislation in parliament, unlike the representatives of people who compare him to Hitler when he gets an occasional column in a paper.

ETA: I'm now going to go and do something actually enjoyable with my evening. Don't expect responses to comments before morning. And seriously, I do not expect to come back to 'funny' comments about how Dawkins annoys you. This post is not the place for it.
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