Friday, February 17, 2006

Liberals Missing A Dick

Call Inspector Lewis, a prominent Oxford professor has gone missing. Yes, indeed, there’re plenty of things wrong with the Cartoon Jihad, but at least it got Richard Dawkins to STFU. Who says faith can’t make the world a better place ?

The only thing better than the rare moments of silence from Dawkins has been the desperate hair splitting of his acolytes, frantically claiming that absent Dawkins penning an article called ‘Hooray For The Ayatollah Editors’, we shouldn’t mock the sudden onset of laryngitis in 'Darwin's Bulldog'.

Who knows ? Maybe Dawkins really isn’t interested in the Cartoon Jihad, after all journalists are a problem both Creationists and Darwinists would rather not think about. On the one hand, there’s no reason why a just and loving God would create them, on the other you really have to question how warped an environment would have to be to for protojounalists to be able to compete successfully in it.

Oops, my mistake: the latest bizarre iteration involves the very thing that normally provokes Dawkins into channelling Linda Blair in The Exorcist, namely skoolz. Here’s Dawkins on faith schools in general.
The very idea of a faith school is as unjustifiable as the idea of a hereditary House of Lords, and for the same reason. But hereditary peers, though undemocratic and often mildly eccentric, are not dangerous. Faith schools almost certainly are.
Here he is on the specifics of teaching creationism:
But Richard Dawkins, Symonyi professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University, said that equating evolution and creationism was "educational debauchery".

"Evolution is supported by mountains of scientific evidence," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "These children are being deliberately and wantonly misled."
There’s plenty more where those came from, for example searching for Dawkins + school + Vardy (Sir Peter, backer of some schools which teach creationism) returns 884 hits. But look what's coming up next:
School textbooks should be reviewed for intolerant depictions of Islam and other faiths by experts overseen by the European Union and Islamic leaders, the European Parliament was told yesterday.

The call for a special committee to examine religious education in schools came from Hans-Gert Pöttering, the German Christian Democrat, who heads the largest group of MEPs. But the proposal was immediately condemned as "appeasement" by Charles Tannock, a British Conservative MEP.
No room for misquote there. So how about The Dawk and the rest of his fellow travellers ? These are the people who howl with rage at the thought of new faith schools opening, well now the pols are talking about giving the religious a veto on the textbooks used in every school, for every subject . Yowser! So much for parental choice.

At least we'll finally get a straight answer to the question: is the atheist Left's hatred of Christianity part of a genuine opposition to religion, or is it just part of a more generalised opposition to anything Western ?

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