We are told that he was sure to make the distinction that the “vast majority of Muslims” are not evil, just their “religion.” Would he say the same about Jews, Christians, Buddhists, etc.? Of course not, because in his view it is Islam that is unique amongst world religions in its “evilness.”
What ramifications does this have for treating the “other”? If you view “their” religion as “unmitigated evil” or as one of the “greatest evils on earth,” clearly its practitioners are going to be viewed suspiciously, possibly profiled as “evil-doers.”
Dawkins has long drank from the loony kool aid of Islamophobia. His remarks trespass the bounds of reasoned criticism of Islam into bigotry against Muslims, a fact which mealy-mouthed caveats and disclaimers will not dispel.
Renowned atheist Professor Richard Dawkins received a surprise standing ovation in the traditionally Christian community of Stornoway last night, following a two-hour speech in which he said there was probably no God.
The 71-year-old described Islam as “one of the great evils of the world” in his lecture, The God Delusion, as part of a rare visit to the Western Isles.
The talk delivered on Lewis during the Hebrides Book Festival proved a major hit among the 220-strong crowd. There was a waiting list of 60 people for tickets, after the event sold out within 40 minutes.
Members of the audience cheered loudly as Prof Dawkins used the appearance to attack Islam, while stressing that the “vast majority of Muslims” were not evil, only their religion was.
Prof Dawkins said: “We are terrified of being called ‘Islamophobic’. It is a disgrace a religion prescribes death for leaving it. The vast majority of Muslims would not dream of doing that, but they are taught it in their madrassas… and it only takes a minority to put that into practice. And, as we have seen, terrible things happen.”
Update: Also see, Fathima Bary Needs to Read Her Bible; Final Word on Islam and Apostasy