Richard Dawkins is permanently upset

I never realised how much I loved Richard Dawkins until just now. The Guardian has given him a few days to work himself up even more than usual, and then released a poignant rant, here.

The upshot of this piece is that the Pope cost us all far too much money, which Richard can ill afford, unlike the Vatican and its “obscene riches”,  and his heartfelt claim:

“… perhaps of most personal concern to me, he is an enemy of education. Quite apart from the lifelong psychological damage caused by the guilt and fear that have made Catholic education infamous throughout the world..”.

Which should worry The Knife, given that he is a product of the same infamous system.

The main thrust is a slightly more complex piece, not as sparklingly clear and reasoned as I have personally come to expect from Richard, that Hitler was Catholic, and so all Catholics are closet Nazis. Or outed Nazis, like the Pope.

At least, I think that’s what he meant.

I know Richard is very, very clever. Of course he is, being a professor. And at Oxford.  But……

 

"I'm buggered if I like being portrayed as a cartoon character buggering a bald transvestite. I wouldn't have minded so much if only it had been in the service of some serious point"

 

ps: for an alternative view, sans Dawkinsoid thuggishness, Jewish, Oxford-educated Anne Applebaum is here

pps: or Christopher Caldwell’s masterly precis in the FT,  here

ppps: or Brian Morton’s elegaic prose, here

pppps: Frank Furedi of the British Humanist Association  here

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One thought on “Richard Dawkins is permanently upset

  1. Why does’nt Hawkins blast Islam? Why does’nt he write a book called the ‘Allah Dellusion’ and go on a book signing tour of the Miiddle East? I think an evolutionary biologist would have a name for it – ‘Chicken Shit’.

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