Richard Dawkins the Atheist Troll

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The Atheist Troll has returned to our lives with more words of fucked up wisdom.

When asked on Twitter:

“I honestly don’t know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma,” by @InYourFaceNYer

The wise one replied “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

Seriously Dick? I can call you Dick? Well you’ll always be a Dick to me. To say it would be immoral to have a child with Downs Syndrome is not only rude but hugely disrespectful of those families who chose to have those children and care for them as they would any other child. Frankly if my child spouted half the shit you do I would probably wish I’d aborted you when I had the chance. But this is not a one off for Dick because he has history in saying stupid things for a man so supposedly clever.

His other words of wisdom have been on different topics such as:

“Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knife point is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think.”

And in the same vein – “Mild paedophilia is bad. Violent paedophilia is worse.”

There was the classic “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.”

And how can we forget his favourite Mantra: “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”

Now none of these comments were made to further any real discussion, all they are doing is trolling people who have strongly held beliefs on the other side of the subject. He is no better than those pathetic thirteen year olds who comment on YouTube videos just to get a rise out of the other posters. The thing is within each post there is a sensible point disguised but he deliberately chooses to wind people up as he sits upon his ivory tower looking down his nose at us peasants. Ironically for an Atheist he has a terrible Messiah complex.

He is a man of Science, but his approach on philosophy is cack-handed at best. While it is not generally accepted that “some rapes are worse than others” we understand his point, but he misses the one most important thing in his comment – something he accuses religion of doing – and that’s the influence of the individual in the experience. I am not a religious man, I don’t believe in any higher power other than nature and my fellow humans, but I understand that we are all individuals and our lives will be affected by experiences, our genetics and our upbringing. Dawkins has argued that religion bands people together in unlikely generalisations, but his comments do exactly that. How do you know that A is worse than B if you have not experienced it yourself? How can he claim that bringing up a child with Down Syndrome is Immoral if he doesn’t have the proof. Surely an empiric man like himself would have to have first hand experience of all of these things.

With his constant attacks on those with Faith I am starting to think he doth protest too much. Regardless of our own personal beliefs we shouldn’t deny others the right to have theirs as long as no-one is getting hurt in the process. His attack on the Catholic church and missionaries for telling thousands of people in Sub-Saharan Africa that using a condom can give you AIDS was the right call, so he’s not always wrong – but to lambaste people who have a genuine connection to their spirituality and getting on with their lives in a peaceful and positive way is just churlish.

He is allowed an opinion the same as you or I – and like us he is sometimes right and sometimes wrong – but he is a public figure and needs to be aware of the power of his words. For me he is slowly losing the plot in public and on Twitter. Who is next on his ironic crusade? The disabled? Those who use food banks? Cancer Patients? Banjo players? If he is aiming to come across as a rambling old fool only interested in poking the hornet’s nest every month then congratulations Dicky you’re doing a great job.

Why don’t you just fuck off back to the bridge you crawled out from under?

JD

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