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Dawkins and Being Offensive – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Atheism, Religion

“I shall not go out of my way to offend, but nor shall I don kid gloves to handle religion any more gently than I would handle anything else.”

“Despite my dislike of gladiatorial contests, I seem somehow to have acquired a reputation for pugnacity towards religion.”

Maybe he tells himself this at night, but in the following pages he describes the religious as “mawkishly nauseating”, “insipid”, “shameless”, “gullible” and goes on to note that:

So name calling and ridicule isn’t offensive?

He then goes on to note somewhat more honestly:

“Thomas Jefferson, as so often, got it right when he said, ‘Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.’”


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