Quote Of The Day: Richard Dawkins

26 03 2008

On this date in 1941, evolutionary biologist and freethought champion Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi.

“My respect for the Abrahamic religions went up in the smoke and choking dust of September 11th. The last vestige of respect for the taboo disappeared as I watched the ‘Day of Prayer’ in Washington Cathedral, where people of mutually incompatible faiths united in homage to the very force that caused the problem in the first place: religion. It is time for people of intellect, as opposed to people of faith, to stand up and say ‘Enough!’ Let our tribute to the dead be a new resolve: to respect people for what they individually think, rather than respect groups for what they were collectively brought up to believe.”

— “Time to Stand Up,” written for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Sept. 2001. See Dawkins’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award.

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11 responses

26 03 2008
Religion. How To.

🙂

Good read! Thank you!

26 03 2008
Chris

It is time for people of intellect, as opposed to people of faith, to stand up and say ‘Enough!’ Let our tribute to the dead be a new resolve: to respect people for what they individually think, rather than respect groups for what they were collectively brought up to believe.”

They tried that back in 1776.

26 03 2008
Danny Coble

Of course Dawkins is assuming that the events of 9/11 had anything to do with fundamentalist Islam, a proposition for which there is virtually no evidence. None of the names of the 19 so-called highjackers even appear on the passenger manifestos of the four fateful flights. At least seven of these gentlemen have turned up alive in the Middle East. And even if you grant that Muslims flew planes into the Twin Towers, it’s highly unlikely that they had anything to do with the controlled explosive demolitions of those buildings, plus Building 7. And who knows what happened at the Pentagon, but a passenger plane definitely didn’t hit it.

26 03 2008
Will Entrekin

The service at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on 9/17/01 or so (roughly) was the last time I attended a religious service, pretty much (save a funeral here or there); I had the sudden epiphany that might be the church, but the faith is in the people. I disbelieve that science and spirituality are as mutually exclusive as the current crop of atheists (Dawkins, Hitchens, Auslander, et al.) might have the world believe–then again, I also studied biology, chemistry, physics, and evolutionary genetics at a Jesuit college. There’s an old joke that Christianity misses the goal by one; just disbelieve in one more god and you get it right. Hitchens and Dawkins seem to have it slightly wrong, too, though I do not argue with their hatred of religion’s effects.

I will, however, argue with Danny Coble. I was on the Hoboken Ferry, in the middle of the Hudson River, when Building 7 fell; it certainly didn’t look controlled, from my vantage point (which was a pretty clear view of the entire scene). I can’t speak to the Pentagon debate, but having been there on September 11th . . . there didn’t appear to be any controlled demolition going on.

26 03 2008
Barbara

Bravo Richard!!!
And then you get a conspiracy theory. What was it Richard actually said?
“It is time for people of intellect, as opposed to people of faith, to stand up and say ‘Enough!’ Maybe he should have added conspiracy theorists with people of faith in there. 😛

26 03 2008
SuperJesus

I always love a good laugh…Danny made me pee a little.

28 03 2008
Danny Coble

You lose credibility as a so-called skeptic, SuperJesus, by accepting the official story of 9/11 on faith. You obviously haven’t looked at the abundant evidence of government collaboration, but then again it’s easier to accept the revealed truth, the Gospel of a Muslim Conspiracy, and laugh at those who question the blatantly fraudulent official version. Do yourself a favor and spend an hour watching Spare Change, or reading David Ray Griffin’s book, The New Pearl Harbor, or any number of websites, including patriotsquestion911.com, whatreallyhappened.com, deceptiondollar.com, etc. You’ll piss your pants when you realize you fell for bullshit for 6 1/2 years. I love you’re anti-religion diatribes, but if you dig a little deeper you’ll realize that the 9/11 Commission Report is as absurd as the Holy Bible…..

28 03 2008
Barbara

Danny, you need to relax on the conspiracy theory business. Since when has the government ever run such a complex operation? Are you serious, Johnson couldn’t even keep the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution quiet.

Oh well, it’s pointless. Fine, every event in the history of the U.S. or involving the U.S. has been a conspiracy. Lincoln, Kennedy, Pearl Harbor, Korea, the Olympic Park bombing, the USS Cole, etc and so on…. And now the government is recruiting outside terrorist cells to make these “theories” more realistic.

Blah…..

28 03 2008
SuperJesus

Sorry man, I’ve seen much of that stuff and I see no indication that the twin towers fell because of controlled demolitions. Not even close. I certainly believe that this government is hiding tons of stuff but most of that has more to do with their utter incompetence in being prepared and handling disasters rather than covering up massive conspiracies that would involve at least hundreds of people to orchestrate. I am a skeptic and until 9/11 conspiracy guys can produce some real evidence for these stories they sound like they are singing the same style of science fiction evangelicals do. Bring good evidence and convince me my friend.

31 03 2008
rustedangel

Hmph. Conspiracy theories are the opiates of the masses – it’s almost like they were designed to divert out attention. Designed… by the government?!?!?! Dun Dun Dun!

…if Danny had spent more of the 90s watching the X-Files like the rest of us, he’d know this stuff.

31 03 2008
SuperJesus

Here’s a conspiracy theory we can really sink our teeth into.

US Foreign Policy Analysis. Discuss…

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