Published: August 9, 2013
Yeah. I said it. I'm not taking it back. For freakin' anything.
The Pope is saying more tolerant things than Richard Dawkins does lately. He's become this rather sexist, anti-Islamic JACKASS.
And this isn't me just pulling stuff out of my ass. This is stuff taken directly from what HE HIMSELF HAS SAID.
Why the sexism bit? Why the Anti-Islamic jab?
Well, in 2011, Rebecca Watson, who runs the blog "Skepchick", posted a video after sitting on a panel with Richard Dawkins, among other people, at a skeptics' conference. Watson talks about addressing a pretty common subject for women in the skeptic and atheist community — sexism, which she spoke about at a panel discussion. In the video, she briefly, and calmly, describes an encounter with a (male) in an elevator after the panel, during which she was asked back to his hotel room "for coffee." Richard Dawkins himself decided to weigh in on her video in the comments section of a separate blog post by PZ Meyers on Watson's experience (The original post is no longer available, but the New Statesmen preserved the entire spat). Here's Dawkins.
Stop whining, will you. Yes, yes, I know you had your genitals mutilated with a razor blade, and . . . yawn . . . don't tell me yet again, I know you aren't allowed to drive a car, and you can't leave the house without a male relative, and your husband is allowed to beat you, and you'll be stoned to death if you commit adultery. But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor American sisters have to put up with.
Only this week I heard of one, she calls herself Skep"chick", and do you know what happened to her? A man in a hotel elevator invited her back to his room for coffee. I am not exaggerating. He really did. He invited her back to his room for coffee. Of course she said no, and of course he didn't lay a finger on her, but even so . . .
And you, Muslima, think you have misogyny to complain about! For goodness sake grow up, or at least grow a thicker skin.
NO, I don't know why Dawkins decided to bring Islam into a debate over sexism in the atheist community, but there you go. And NO, most Muslims don't do that to women, so it's a stereotype and as offensive as saying all Black people enjoy watermelon or all Southern people have bad teeth and are stupid or that all atheists are smug, pretentious jerks. And in case you thought he'd apologize when asked to clarify, Dawkins issued a follow-up:
"...She was probably offended to about the same extent as I am offended if a man gets into an elevator with me chewing gum. But he does me no physical damage and I simply grin and bear it until either I or he gets out of the elevator. It would be different if he physically attacked me.
Muslim women suffer physically from misogyny, their lives are substantially damaged by religiously inspired misogyny. Not just words, real deeds, painful, physical deeds, physical privations, legally sanctioned demeanings."
...look. The issue the woman had was a guy coming onto her and pretty much asking her to sleep with him despite her not even KNOWING him. It was just a case of "Tonight. You", to her. Now if Dawkins had wanted to say "I know "coffee" is a powerful code word for sex, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar", that would have been FINE. Instead, he behaved CHILDISHLY and insultingly.
As for the anti-Islamic stuff...well, this is a tweet. Note the timestamp.
All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though. 10:04 AM - 8 Aug 2013
That's from DICK'S own twitter account. He's also called Islam "One of the great evils in the world." AND he also wrote THIS on his Twitter account: "Of course you can have an opinion about Islam without having read Qur'an. You don't have to read Mein Kampf to have an opinion about nazism."
...y'know...Bill O'Reilly once made a comparison of the Koran to Mein Kampf. And then lied about the fact that he did. Congratulations, Richard. You're in the same illustrious, Islamophobic club as Bill O'Reilly. And I think that Dawkins is just pissed off because he's NEVER won a Nobel Prize whatsoever according to Wikipedia. I checked. Not a one. Desmond Tutu has won more than him. Mother Teresa has one. The International Committee of the Red Cross? Founded by Gustave Moynier and Henry Dunant, both Calvinists, and they've won THREE Nobel Prizes.
Dawkins...stick to talking about SCIENCE. Because when it comes to moral and ethical judgments...you don't get to make those calls. That's like letting Chris Brown sing about how much his life sucks. He, like you, DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE HECK HE'S TALKING ABOUT.