Skip to comments.Aww. The Church of Dawkins First Schism
Posted on 02/27/2010 3:17:42 PM PST by NYer
The First Evangelical Church of the Atheistic Promulgation of Richard Dawkins is having its first schism. Awwww. Isn't that so cute. And guess what, poor widdle Dawkins doesn't like to be called names. Poor thing. The Times Online reports:
Richard Dawkins is accustomed to provoking the wrath of religious communities, but now a schism seems to have opened up within the atheist community who make up his fan-base.Awww. Poor Dawkins. Some big bad bully atheist calling sweety-kins a mean name. Don't listen to them Richie. Hey, you know what it's kinda' like though. It's like when Dawkins hysterically called the Pope a stupid murderer. Remember Dawkins said:
The split occurred after he announced that a discussion section on his website, considered one of the busiest online atheist forums, would in future be tightly moderated and “irrelevant postings and frivolous gossip” would no longer be allowed.
The change was scheduled for next month but such was the torrent of abuse after the announcement that the forum had to be locked down, deepening the rift between Professor Dawkins and his 85,000 online fans.
Writing on RichardDawkins.net yesterday, in a posting entitled “Outrage”, he said that there was “something rotten” in internet culture and pledged to rid his website of its abusive element.
“Imagine seeing your face described by an anonymous poster, as ‘a slack-jawed turd-in-the-mouth mug’,” he wrote. “Surely there has to be something wrong with people who can resort to such over-the-top language, overreacting so spectacularly to something so trivial.
“Even some of those with more temperate language are responding to the proposed changes in a way that is little short of hysterical.”
"The Pope is either stupid, ignorant or dim. If people take his words seriously he will be responsible for the deaths of thousands, perhaps millions of people."Kind of ironic that Dawkins doesn't like to be called names, huh?
“A lot of people have lost respect for Dawkins after this, although I do still support the work that he does,” said Peter Harrison, a former moderator.
“Thousands of loyal, intelligent, rational forum members have been misrepresented as a bunch of foul-mouthed, vitriolic thugs by the man who so inspired them.”
Another former fan said: “It may sound ridiculous to those not involved with online communities, but I feel hurt and displaced. It was like coming home to find the locks have been changed. My respect for Richard’s work is still intact but my respect for him as a person is in tatters.”
Every Dawkins book will be burned when the Muslims take over the UK
I believe in God, yet no ultimate right or wrong. I believe God made us individuals, according to what He wants us to do in this life. I believe He really can do anything.
They probably are!!! Dawkins is isolated from a lot of the world just because of his condition. Welcome to your world of atheism, Richard.
He sounds like a good ole Progressive to me.
Let’s give them a collective OMG!
I believe in God, yet no ultimate right or wrong.
Gee, that’s handy.
What a hypocritical twit this guy is.
Writing on RichardDawkins.net yesterday, in a posting entitled Outrage, he said that there was something rotten in internet culture and pledged to rid his website of its abusive element.
Imagine seeing your face described by an anonymous poster, as a slack-jawed turd-in-the-mouth mug,
Sounds typical of personal interaction on online fora. Religious fora are not immune. Atheism is a religion.
"Welcome to 'teh Interwebz', Mr. Dawkins."
Poor Richard, we haven’t lost respect for you, we never had any.
Things that make you go Hmmm....
It always amuses me that atheists expect people and society to be civil, considerate, kind, fair, and honest in a world without God. Or as their billboards say, “Just be good.” Why? What for?
“Being good for goodness sake” works only if you believe in Santa Claus.
Now, Richard, just because you can't get any respect on your OWN website, doesn't mean you can just come on over here and bother us!
Very little stress. The key to it, is to just be thankful you’re not a bad person.
He’s an atheist.
Indeed. As Machiavelli would observe, it is irrational to just be good and the modern atheist is all about reason.
If you won't be punished for it, it is irrational not to kill your enemies. And even if you think the law will catch up to you, what about a president or prime minister or anyone else with seemingly limitless power?
And even if you think murder will be prosecuted, why not embezzle, steal, cheat people. It is irrational not to do so and irrational feel guilty about it.
If this world is chaotic and we are just meat sacks riding on a sphere around an overgrown incandescent lightbulb whose existence is a maximum of 120 years and an average of less than 75, why should we care whether society functions?
Well, surprise Rich...I mean stuart...so are you if you think God isn't the arbiter of right and wrong. In an "all truth is relative" worldview, there can be no God. The term is meaningless.
The author scores a bull’s eye!
Matter of fact, I think every forum needs moderation. A forum that does more than swap squash recipes needs moderation more.
Are atheists more childish and boorish than religious people? You bet. But it is silly to fault him for getting his own forum workable for whatever goals he has set there.
It's part of evolution. ;O)
I didn’t say the God isn’t the arbiter of right and wrong. As I said, I believe God eals with us individually when it come to right and wrong, not as a whole.
In YOUR “all truth is relative” worldview, there can be no God, not in mine.