Monday, May 30 2016

Richard Dawkins attacks Islam in speech

The Scotsman on Saturday reported on a speech by Professor Richard Dawkins at the Hebridean Book Festival at which Dawkins described Islam as “one of the great evils of the world”.

From the Scotsman:

“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.

“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.”

“A group of Christians from the Free Church handed out leaflets outside the book festival venue during the lecture “to give the other side”.

Dawkins in well known for his anti-Islam views - last year he attacked Muslim faith schools for teaching children “alien rubbish” and has previously described the face veil worn by some Muslim women as a “full bin-liner thing”.

In a previous interview, when asked why he sees Islam as more problematic than, for example, Christianity, Dawkins answered, “there is a belief that every word of the Qur’an is literally true…there’s a closed-mindedness which is…less present in the former Christendom”.

Well, other than being a rather selective reading of history – omitting mention of the Crusades and colonization – aspects of earlier Christian epochs which has displayed “closed-mindedness”, Dawkins failure to comprehend or appreciate the diversity within Islam is remarkable.

His understanding of apostasy and its ‘punishment’ in Islam is also questionable given the theological deliberations of contemporary scholars on this subject. He also appears to single Islam out, part of his claims to its “closed-mindedness” ignoring that heresy was for centuries punishable by death in many European countries.

As for his comments about many peoples’ fears of being labelled Islamophobic, as we have previously stated, “Engaging in a mutually respectful dialogue on Islam is not Islamophobia…Making gratuitously disparaging remarks about the Islamic faith, its customs and its adherents… is not the same as engaging in a respectful dialogue that increases the understanding of both sides.”

Pity Dawkins can’t appreciate his own closed-mindedness.


+1 #3 Mr.maung 2012-11-10 16:02
Richard yu are 6 month old baby, How did you become Professor.Profesor r must be Highly Educated. You word toward Islam showed you are Uneducated and Uncivilized.
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+1 #2 Richard DawkinsIftikhar 2012-11-09 21:09
Richard Dawkins has an unwarranted reputation as a didactic bully. I'm not convinced that the Dawkins programme was anything like a balanced view. He was so mean, and made sure his point was heard, even if he had to talk over the other person. It is just possible that he is a cousin of a chimpanzee or a monkey but I am not. Even his own daughter after looking at the evidence, looked at her hand and the hand of a chimpanzee. This evidence forced her to reject his father theory. She read this book, called the Quran, and that seemed to make a lot more sense. So she has decided to become a Muslim. She goes out in hijab.

Richard Dawkin is ignorant and Islamophobic. He is a product of western education sysytem which makes a man stupid, according to Lord Bertrand Russell. Credit crunch and mess in British education sysytm is due to the policies of wesern educated blue eyed elites like him.

Richard Dawkins went to a faith school — Oundle (motto: "God Grant Grace"), and then spent several years as a senior member of the foundation of the Most blessed and glorious Virgin Mary and all the saints, commonly known as New College Oxford. He seems to have developed the ability to think for himself. How did he do this?
Actually, where are all these indoctrinated children who cant think for themselves because they went to a faith school? And where is the evidence that, say, the consistently secularised schools of mid twentieth century USSR, East Germany or Albania promoted a greater ability in their pupils to think for themselves?

Richard Dawkins is about promoting the theory of evolution according to Darwin, the way Richard Dawkins understands it. He works very hard to influence public opinion in this direction, and believes that faith schools are a hindrance to his aim. I can’t see any evidence that they are really. He concentrated on one small part of science, namely evolution, when there was total agreement between Islamic views on science in most areas - Maths, Chemistry, Physics and biology. D was reduced to shouting "Evolution is fact!" Dawkin's is specious, mendacious and fails to use either evidence or fact in making his biased and extremist utterances. He is a reactionary responding to Islamic religious teachings.

If you are worrying that people are different, believe different things, want different things you may be seduced to think that you could create world peace by making them all the same. Trying to do this usually leads to war, as history shows abundantly. There will be more peace and happiness if we allow each other to figure out for ourselves what we should do.

If there are parents and teachers, and children, who want faith schools, let them have them. Parents try to send their kids to faith schools because in general they get better results than normal comprehensives. State schools too, they may well teach various types of faith in those schools but all are to teach that Christianity is the right choice, the constant faith based holidays (easter, xmas plus others) from a very early age till the time one has to leave, they are bombarded with Christianity.Mr Dawkins must not forget that although faith schools attract state funding those who attend the schools have parents who pay their taxes. whether they went to a non faith school or not, the goverment would have to supply enough schools to fit them all in.

In Harrow, parents of non-Muslim children are being told to excercise their rights under the European Human Rights Act to force their children's schools to stop discriminating against non-Muslims on religious grounds. Muslim parents should also exercise their rights under the same Act to force DFE and LAs to provide state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models for their children during their developmental periods. Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools because British schooling is the home of institutional racism and it does not have any place for foreign cultures and languages. Muslim schools have helped Muslim children to develop self-confidence and self-esteem and this is one of the main reason why Muslim schools are better at GCSE grades. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods.

Bilingual Muslim children need to learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriclum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. The problem is that they learn English in the streets and in the playgrounds. British schooling does not teach English to migrant children. The teachers let them speak the same accent in the classroom. They have no courage to stop them or correct them. This is one of the main reasons why one third of children have difficulties with reading when they leave primary schools. Majority of such children are bilingual Muslims. They often speak "street" with its own grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. In other European countries and in the sub-continent argot and slang are not allowed into the classrooms. In Britain primary school teachers do not feel that it's role to interfere with self-expression in any shape or form. They encourage children to read poems and stories written in ethnic dialects.

Bilingual Muslim children need to learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural roots and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry.
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0 #1 RE: Richard Dawkins attacks Islam in speechwalid 2012-11-07 11:13
Harmony and peace. A religion of peace in-spite of what you and others say.
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