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Richard Dawkins: “Islam” is an “Unmitigated Evil”

Richard Dawkins, well known biologist and pop-atheist-guru (add goofball) recently brought up the question of whether or not atheists should support Christian missions in Africa. (hat tip: Rob)

He believes the answer is “still no,” (he doesn’t say why) but since Islam according to him is an “unmitigated evil” and atheism is not going to be making any inroads into Africa anytime soon it is a question worth “raising.”

His logic is based on a crudely partitioned breakdown of religious affiliation in Africa designed by a Christian site:

(Isn’t Dawkins supposed to question these sorts of things?)

Dawkins also believes ‘supporting missions’ may be justified on the basis that ‘the enemy of our enemy is our friend.’ That’s the extent of profundity provided by Dawkins! Such crass and cynical sentiments expose the bankruptcy of ideas and strategy in the leadership of the so-called New Atheists.

The statement is similar to “exposed as a fraud” Ayaan H. Ali’s call for Christian missionaries to evangelize Muslims. Such a call is really just a variation on the well worn Crusader-esque theme best expressed by the likes of Anne Coulter, “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” (Or the recent statement by Christian Evangelical Bryan Fischer, “Muslims can either convert, or die”).

Don’t you love how some of these loony-out-for-a-buck-and-some-notoriety atheists are so quick to compromise their principles and sit at the table with the most hardcore Bible Thumpers out there? Does anyone think George Carlin would stand for that? Or Tariq Ali? Or As’ad Abu Khalil? Or Cenk Uygur? It just goes to show you that where you are born, your culture and history do have an impact on the decisions and positions you take, no matter how much you claim to be “objective” and motivated by “reason,” and the “scientific method.”

As for his comments that it is a “given” that Islam is “an unmitigated evil in the world today”…wow. First of all, what does that mean about the practitioners of Islam? Does it mean that they are all or mostly or significantly practitioners of “evil?” Because that is the import of Dawkins’ statement, I mean who else puts into reality what Islam is other then the followers of Islam?

Secondly, is anyone else taken aback by the quasi metaphysical language used here by Dawkins? “Unmitigated evil,” is the type of phrase one would expect in the sermon of a Puritan minister or perhaps as one commenter on Dawkins site asks,

Is the Professor now auditioning for a guest shot on Pamela Geller’s website for the barking mad and openly hostile? Very few things in this world are ‘unmitigated evils’: of all the things that might be unmitigated evils, I can absolutely guarantee that a major world religion practiced in a thousand different ways in a thousand different social and cultural contexts is not one of them. The chances of no good at all coming out of such a diverse multiplicity of contexts and forms of practice (that is, of any ‘evil’ not being mitigated) are almost zero. — CallumM

Thirdly, piggy-backing off of the “multiplicity” mentioned by the commenter, is Dawkins totally oblivious to the Arab Spring for instance? You know that thing sweeping the Middle East for the past 5 1/2 months, that many, including Dawkins’ friend Christopher Hitchens thought would fail or sizzle out?

Is it “unmitigated evil” when protesters in Tahrir Square mobilized in the hundreds of thousands, inspired by and chanting the Quranic verse, “God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves?” Was it “unmitigated evil” when they withstood the worst kinds of state violence and barbarity in prayer together, shoulder to shoulder? Was it “unmitigated evil” when Christians and Muslims united to protect each other?

Dawkins is out of touch with current events, and lets just say he won’t be playing in any Philosophy World Cups any time soon. The man’s field is Biology, he doesn’t know much about anthropology, sociology, history, comparative religions, or philosophy, that is why he and his buddy Sam Harris get their arse handed to them by real intellectuals such as Scott Atran and Robert Pape.

Maybe it is time for Dawkins to spend a little more time humbly learning about Islam and Muslims, engaging with critical intellectuals instead of rabid Islamophobes and probably dissecting a frog or two in the lab he’s been neglecting while pontificating on matters he has no grasp over.

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  • OneLeft

    Believing Atheist

    Here’s the answer to your stupidity. Chocoloate chip cookies. They can be made with a million different ingredients, but they are still chocalate chip cookies.

    And yes, it does sound that way to me!!! I am an independent thinker and at the end of the day I am simply thankful to breathe. We all learn everyhting in school, to bad that the government doesnt rule its citizens with an iron-fist the same way Islam controls its followers

    Wake up and have a good day\night!

  • OneLeft


    here are the answeres to your questions:
    Islam today is not what Islam was in the past!. And although all man-made religions, including christinanity and Islam, are brainwashing machines… Islam is by far the most extreme.

    Example 1. Islam is abused profusely just like leeches prey on the system for monetary gain. Cmon buddy,use your head!!!

    We all have free-will. There is no free-will in Islam. It (Islam) survises because it is protected and guided with an iron-fist. In other-words: a bunch of throwback, greedy “men” are trying to protect the oppression of beutiful helpless women. Without it such men would have no chance.

    I am Southeastern Europe by heritage.

  • Believing Atheist

    @One Left,

    No fanatics of any kind are the greatest threat to modern civilization. I am afraid that muslims are the victims of persecution and propoganda from the extreme right and from extremist muslims. The majority of Muslims are just like you and me. They do not wish to impose Islam on outsiders and abide by civil law in western states.

    They have risen to prominent political power by following civil law such as Keith Ellison, Andre Carson and Naheed Nenshi. Hence, Islam and Muslims are completely compatible with the west and modernity.

    Many Muslims have also established democratic secular states of their own such as Bangladesh, Turkey and Indonesia.

    This idea that Islam is a man’s world and crafted to suit the purpose of males is just not true because there is no such thing as one monolithic Islam.

    Islam has variation and is different in country to country and for each individual Muslim in the level of practice and observance as well. So for instance, Pakistan and Bangladesh are both Muslim majority nations but were able to elect female heads of state. Does that sound completely like a “man’s world,” to you?

  • SKhan

    @ Sam Seed:

    Actually, he copied it from another idiot: Citizen Warrior.

  • SKhan

    @ One Left: “OneLeft Says:
    November 29th, 2011 at 4:51 pm
    Islam is a mans world and the greatest lie known to the human race… Unfortunately, so many humans are misguided into believing it is a peaceful thing… It is exactly the opposite. It has evolved into the perfect brainwashing machine… I just hope the world gets passeed all the PC and sees it for what what it truly is: A religion that is perfectly crafted for men to take advantage of women.

    Islam is the greatest threat to modern day civilization.”

    You know, you trolls used to be fun. Trolls like you actually used to attempt to provide evidence for their claims. *sigh* Is this what the world of Islamophobia is coming to?

    If Islam is the greatest threat to modern day civilization, then why was Algebra (“Al Jabr”) created in Muslim empires? Why did great philosophers like Avicenna (“Ibn Sina”) and Averroes (“Ibn Rusd”) come from Muslim empires? If Islam is the greatest threat to modern day civilization, then why were Jews and even some Christians treated better in Muslim empires than they were in Christian ones? If Islam is the greatest threat to modern day civilization, why were all these advances made in Muslim empires?

    If Islam really is misogynistic, then why does Sura al Nisa prove to men that they have rights over their wives AND their wives have rights over them? If Islam really is misogynistic, then why did Muhammad (peace be upon him) outlaw female infanticide?

    Could you give me some answers, please?

  • revenge

    @OneLeft A bigger lie than Christianity? I doubt it. All religions are brainwashing machine to a certain degree.

  • OneLeft

    Islam is a mans world and the greatest lie known to the human race… Unfortunately, so many humans are misguided into believing it is a peaceful thing… It is exactly the opposite. It has evolved into the perfect brainwashing machine… I just hope the world gets passeed all the PC and sees it for what what it truly is: A religion that is perfectly crafted for men to take advantage of women.

    Islam is the greatest threat to modern day civilization.

  • JoeM

    Christians should know that false doctrine can come in the form of science. Anything that lures people away from their religion. Dawkins obviously has no real interest in biology. As a matter of fact, most of his work is flawed which shows that he’s mostly concerned with the front he puts up. I do believe his sole purpose in life is to try and destroy religion because of hatred. He has shown many signs that demonstrate he is threatened by religion. Religion represents truth. It represents the “unseen”. Science not only cannot prove evolution. But it certainly cannot detect the unseen. That is why many false conclusions are lobbied and promoted as facts. Things such as “dark matter” do not exist. But all scientists will say otherwise because they all use the same textbook tools that had to have been created by some bonehead from the past, namely Darwin. All in all, religion aint going away. It’s more important than science. The world will always be full of problems to solve because that’s a fact of life. It doesn’t matter how much you change the world using science and technology. Some things will stay the same due to religion. The good things.

  • Tom Samson

    @ecks why

    ecks why:

    You are a complete Idiot.

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  • Sam Seed

    @ecks why
    I bet you copied and pasted that rubbish you nutters call ‘facts’ from Jihadwatch, where genocide against Muslims is encouraged and where making up stories about Islam makes you some money for you. You keep harping on with the same lies, don’t you ever get tired of lying and hating?Of course you don’t, one day though those lies will come back to haunt you. When you can back up your ‘facts’ with proof then maybe we will listen. But of course, proof/evidence is a concept that you are unlikely to grab. It’s a pity you don’t see this, but it’s exactly nutters like you that have caused the biggest problems in the world.

  • DrM

    @ecks why

    Typical atheist buffoonery with several shades of ahistorical white supremacy thrown in for good measure. Your “facts,” just like the droppings of Dawkins and company, can be sourced back to your rectum.
    Get back to me when you’ve read an actual history book.

  • Adam

    I never agreed with him, but i am grossly disappointed that a man like Richard Dawkins would actually advocate something like this.

  • ecks why

    yes obviously christianity has caused it’s share of problems in world history, but these feeble efforts are completely eclipsed by the horrors spawned from this evil named islam, especially when time compared for their respective ages and reformation efforts, xnity = 2000yo, islam = 1400yo…

    islam is a horrible ideology for human rights

    5 key things about islam

    1. mythical beliefs – all religions have these (faith) because its part of being a religion: having beliefs without proof until after the believer dies. the problem is people will believe almost anything.

    2. totalitarianism – islam has no seperation of church and state: sharia law governs all. there is no free will in islam: only submission to the will of allah as conveniently determined by the imams who spew vapors to feather their own nests. there are no moderate muslims: they all support sharia law.

    3. violence – islam leads the pack of all religions in violent tenets for their ideology & history: having eternal canonical imperatives for supremacy at all costs and calling for violence & intimidation as basic tools to achieve these goals.

    4. dishonesty – only islam has dishonesty as a fundamental tenet: this stems from allah speaking to mohamhead & abrogation in the koran which is used to explain how mo’s peaceful early life was superseded by his warlord role later.

    5. misogyny – present day islam is still rooted in 8th century social ethics: treating females as property of men good only for children, severely limiting their activities, dressing them in shower curtains and worse.

    conclusions ??

    there really are NO redeeming qualities for this muddled pile of propaganda.

    islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.

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  • Abul Hasad

    Dawkins only spends his time debating unknowledgeable Priests, or ignorant Mullah-types (note: I’m referring to the stereotypical notion of a “Mullah”, not the true scholars) like Yusuf Al-Khattab. The man has enough time to travel to Jerusalem and challenge him to a little exchange (in an attempt to show how stupid Muslims are). Yet, when brilliant Muslim philosophers and debaters such as Hamza Andreas Tzortzis challenge him, he runs away claiming that he doesn’t have time to debate professional debaters (he’s only got time to travel to Jerusalem to debate radicals).

  • Rob


    “The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer. ”

    “I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being. ”

    To even put Dawkins in the same league as Einstein intellectually and philosophically is laughable. I don’t recall Einstein singling out a religion by calling it an ‘unmitigated evil’ and begging the question of whether they should support an ‘opposing’ religion.

  • Ian Gould

    “People who criticism Dawkins, are like the people who criticised Einstein. People with no intellect, thinkingthey know best.”

    Yes, the Great Prophet Dawkins is beyond criticism by mere mortals.

    Death to any imfidels who think otherwise!

  • Ian Gould

    “I urge contributors here to read the God Delusion as it would help them understand why we atheists consider all belief in fairies as absurd.”

    What do you mean “we atheists”>

    Who appointed you to speak for mr?

    I certainly didn’t.

  • Hatethehaterz

    Ah yes, the atheist argument that “all religions are bad and the cause of violence.” The history of Pol Pot, Stalin, and Mao Zedong, as well as the massive body counts their regimes left behind would argue otherwise.

  • khan4

    Many atheists think they know that religion is garbage. A lot of them claim that religion has killed more people than anything else in history.

    First of all, that is a lie. The number one killer of people on this planet has been greed. Whether it was wars for land, gold, or some other form of wealth, people have been slaughtered in great numbers because of it. Ask yourself the following question: Is the War on Terror against Islamic extremists or for the purpose of having greater control over oil interests? Let’s get real. The US does not have a Army of over 200,000 in Afghanistan for the purpose of trying to wipe out a group of “religous” fighters numbering less than 100 people. They are there for oil interests as well. Read Ahmed Rashid’s books on the Taliban.

    On another topic, many schools in America teach kids about why European nations began colonizing other countries around the world. They talk about the three G’s: Gold, God and Glory. Notice that Gold is listed before God. Do you think Spain and Portugal would have conquered America if all it had were bananas and fruit? Of course not. They saw all the gold the native tribes had and they wanted it for themselves. Spreading religion had nothing to do with it.

    Atheists need to get their facts straight.

  • Ahmed

    First of all, I do not recall anyone ever criticising Einstein. Secondly, Dawkins is criticised not because of his beliefs, but because he is manipulative and a hypocrite. I do not think many people have any objections to atheists who are honest and truthful.

  • Jim

    People who criticism Dawkins, are like the people who criticised Einstein. People with no intellect, thinkingthey know best.

  • Solid Snake


    Lol I just laugh when atheists say this. As if no other concept or belief in the world will provide (in a haughty British accent) “the ideological basis for murderous madness.”

  • Qster

    He came over to our school was for as a guest lecturer, our anthro professor said he was a snobby SoB.

  • Rob

    Sorry…Must have accidentally clicked a button on my password manager and it filled in the Name area with administrator. I wasn’t trying to be an imposter! 🙂

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