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Dawkins: Religion equals 'child abuse'
WorldNetDaily ^ | 1/8/06

Posted on 01/07/2006 10:26:53 PM PST by LibWhacker

Scientist compares Moses to Hitler, calls New Testament 'sado-masochistic doctrine'

Controversial scientist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins, dubbed "Darwin's Rottweiler," calls religion a "virus" and faith-based education "child abuse" in a two-part series he wrote and appears in that begins airing on the UK's Channel 4, beginning tomorrow evening.

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.

In "The God Delusion," the first film in the series, Dawkins targets Catholicism at the pilgrimage site in Lourdes. "If you want to experience the medieval rituals of faith, the candle light, the incense, music, important-sounding dead languages, nobody does it better than the Catholics," he says.

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."

The backdrop of the al-Aqsa mosque and an American-born Jew turned fundamentalist Muslim who tells Dawkins to prepare for the Islamic world empire – and who clashes with him after saying he hates atheists – rounds out the first program's case for the delusions of the faithful.

In part two, "The Virus of Faith," Dawkins attacks the teaching of religion to children, calling it child abuse.

"Innocent children are being saddled with demonstrable falsehoods," he says. "It's time to question the abuse of childhood innocence with superstitious ideas of hellfire and damnation. Isn't it weird the way we automatically label a tiny child with its parents' religion?"

"Sectarian religious schools," Dawkins asserts, have been "deeply damaging" to generations of children.

Dawkins, who makes no effort to disguise his atheism and contempt for religion, focuses on the Bible, too.

"The God of the Old Testament has got to be the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous, and proud of it, petty, vindictive, unjust, unforgiving, racist," he says. Dawkins then criticizes Abraham, compares Moses to Hitler and Saddam Hussein, and calls the New Testament "St Paul's nasty, sado-masochistic doctrine of atonement for original sin."

John Deighan, a spokesman for the Catholic Church, took issue with Dawkin's denunciation of religion, telling the Glasgow Sunday Herald, "Dawkins is well known for his vitriolic attacks on faith, and I think faith has withstood his attacks. He really is going beyond his abilities as a scientist when he starts to venture into the field of philosophy and theology. He is the guy with demonstrable problems."

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."

Dawkins, perhaps best know for his much-cited comment that evolution "made it possible to be an intellectually satisfied atheist," appeals to John Lennon in a commentary he authored for the Belfast Telegraph on the eve of his program's premiere: "Religion may not be the root of all evil, but it is a serious contender. Even so it could be justified, if only its claims were true. But they are undermined by science and reason. Imagine a world where nobody is intimidated against following reason, wherever it leads. "You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one."


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1 posted on 01/07/2006 10:26:58 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

True that there's no point extorting false faith out of kids. I've seen that too much, and Dawkins exploits this to make all religions seem cult-ish and sinister.


2 posted on 01/07/2006 10:36:25 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("No empire collapses because of technical reasons. They collapse because they are unnatural.")
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To: LibWhacker

Another fruicake..


3 posted on 01/07/2006 10:37:51 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: LibWhacker

Isn't this whole comparing everything to Hitler by the left getting really old already?


4 posted on 01/07/2006 10:38:06 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: sheik yerbouty

Yep. Watch how this one develops, though.


5 posted on 01/07/2006 10:43:23 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("There they go again...")
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To: LibWhacker

Unfortunately every concentration camp built in this century was built by an atheist. Next question?


6 posted on 01/07/2006 10:51:09 PM PST by Appalled but Not Surprised
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To: LibWhacker
Onion headline I'd like to see:

Richard Dawkins Surprised To Find Self In Hell

:-D )))

7 posted on 01/07/2006 10:55:44 PM PST by RichInOC (...I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I just couldn't resist.)
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To: LibWhacker

No, really, if Screwtape's toast was anywhere near the truth, I fully expect Dawkins and Fred Phelps to be blended into a bottle of sparkling Pharisee by and by.


8 posted on 01/07/2006 11:02:00 PM PST by RichInOC (...Screwtape, Democrat for President 2008: Why Not The Beast?)
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To: LibWhacker

Dawkins = reason why Intelligent Design has so much traction.


9 posted on 01/07/2006 11:06:21 PM PST by ExpandNATO
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To: LibWhacker
Richard Dawkins, dubbed "Darwin's Rottweiler,"

That never fails to amuse me. Although Dawkins is rather...extreme...I have to say that: Imagine a world where nobody is intimidated against following reason, wherever it leads is worth repeating.
10 posted on 01/07/2006 11:11:31 PM PST by Vive ut Vivas
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To: LibWhacker
The truth of the matter is, is that satan is the root of all evil, and richard dawkins is his disciple.
11 posted on 01/07/2006 11:32:47 PM PST by A6M3
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To: LibWhacker

Dawkins is a cleric in the church of evolutionism... His sermons do not interest me -he should stick with science...


12 posted on 01/07/2006 11:38:03 PM PST by DBeers ()
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To: LibWhacker

**Dawkins, perhaps best know for his much-cited comment that evolution "made it possible to be an intellectually satisfied atheist,"***

long after Dawkins has returned to dust and ashes and is forgotten, the name of Jehovah and Christ will still resonate through out the land.


13 posted on 01/07/2006 11:40:35 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: darkangel82

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Isn't this whole comparing everything to Hitler by the left getting really old already?
<<

Oh, you'd like that, wouldn't you, Adolph?


:-)


14 posted on 01/08/2006 12:22:16 AM PST by noblejones (Ben Stein for President, 2008.)
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To: RichInOC
No, really, if Screwtape's toast was anywhere near the truth, I fully expect Dawkins and Fred Phelps to be blended into a bottle of sparkling Pharisee by and by.

Let's hope we never get added to the ingredients list (!!)

Cheers!

15 posted on 01/08/2006 12:25:33 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: LibWhacker

Gee, good thing that evolution isn't a threat to religion, isn't it?


16 posted on 01/08/2006 12:35:13 AM PST by Buggman (L'chaim b'Yeshua HaMashiach!)
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To: Buggman

There's a difference between religionists and christians. Religion is man-made but Christians are the work of Christ.

Dawkins is a religionist


17 posted on 01/08/2006 12:49:24 AM PST by caffe
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To: LibWhacker
I've gotten many useful ideas from R Dawkin's books. I read the "Blind Watchmaker" years ago. I halfway agree with him. But this TV series is rabidly anti-religion and a low point for Richard Dawkins. This kind of foolishness is why Europe will wither and die under the faster breeding Muslims. Muslims have a great cultic faith, build enormous mosques, while church attendance plummets in Europe. It's a survival of the fittest match that Richard Dawkins is oblivious to. The faith-full will vanquish the faith-less. The faithful Muslims are commanded to Jihad-conquest-conversion until the world is Muslim. They are commanded to emulate Muhammad's bloody life. While the faithless of Europe are Dawkin's ideal rational people who by default are conceding their continent to the Muslim lumpen due to low birthrates.

You don't have time for children when you are reveling in your sexual freedom (both sexes) and your own personal consumerist "now". Having children, many children, means you are future oriented, not "now" oriented. When your world is only on the material level, is only what is in front of you, you become "now" oriented. More sensory and pleasure oriented

18 posted on 01/08/2006 12:55:23 AM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Buggman
Gee, good thing that evolution isn't a threat to religion, isn't it?

Whacko Dawkins lets it all hang out here in his TV series. It's what he's been building up to for years. He hurts the evolutionist cause, makes it seem the cat's paw of atheists

19 posted on 01/08/2006 1:00:24 AM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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Dawkins has finally jumped the couch.


20 posted on 01/08/2006 1:03:24 AM PST by D-fendr
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