How can anyone take Richard Dawkins seriously these days?

‘Priestly groping of child bodies is disgusting. But it may be less harmful in the long run than priestly subversion of child minds.’

When the awful abuse of kids in the Catholic church is considered “less harmful” than Christian upbringing, then you know your atheism has gone way out of hand and you have lost your final touch with reality. The statement is naive and ignorant, butmore importantly, it’s deeply disrespectful to anyone who has suffered sexual abuse.

Also, I cannot help but ask, ‘Is Dawkins a humanist?’ For all his faith in “human reason” and his own “brightness”, how come he is so scared of indoctrination? I mean, one would think that such faith in human reason would also entail the assumption that even the most severe cases of brainwashing can be cured through logic. After all, the New Atheists tend to think that humans are smart enough to explain all encounters in naturalistic terms. (I remember Hitchens stating something like, ‘We don’t know everything about the universe yet, but we’re getting close.’) I think what Dawkins is really saying is that he and his brothers of disbelief are the only ones who manages to think for themselves. This sort of arrogant “cognocentric” attitude is clearly getting worse.


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