Atheist Guru Ducks

via Tim Blair & Instapundit:

PROFILES IN COURAGE:  funny how these confident, cocksure prophets of atheism-who barely have time to take a breath between slamming the tenets of Christianity and Judaism-often get curiously tongue-tied and shy when the subject of Islam comes up.

Here is an example from an article called Facing uncomfortable truths:

In a recent Al-Jazeerah interview, Richard Dawkins was asked his views on God. He argued that the god of “the Old Testament” is “hideous” and “a monster”, and reiterated his claim from The God Delusion that the God of the Torah is the most unpleasant character “in fiction”. 

As you can see, Dawkins has no trouble attacking the Hebrew God in a most direct and uncompromising manner. No atheist wallflower he.

Asked if he thought the same of the God of the Koran, Dawkins ducked the question, saying: “Well, um, the God of the Koran I don’t know so much about.”

How can it be that the world’s most fearless atheist, celebrated for his strident opinions on the Christian and Jewish Gods, could profess to know so little about the God of the Koran? Has he not had the time? Or is Professor Dawkins simply demonstrating that most crucial trait of his species: survival instinct.

Whoops. It’s funny how these confident, cocksure prophets of atheism-who barely have time to take a breath between slamming the tenets of Christianity and Judaism-often get curiously tongue-tied and shy when the subject of Islam comes up. The idea that Dawkins doesn’t “know so much about” the God of the Koran is absurd. Of course he knows about Islam. And the same disdain and disregard that he has for Judaism and Christianity should surely apply to Islam as well.  (Just not when Mo is listening…)

Update via Bolt:

What is the difference between these two statements, and why does the Left demonise only one of the two men?

Richard Dawkins talking in Scotland, 2012:

RENOWNED atheist Professor Richard Dawkins received a surprise standing ovation in the traditionally Christian community of Stornoway last night…

The 71-year-old described Islam as “one of the great evils of the world” in his lecture… 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…

“It is a disgrace a religion prescribes death for leaving it.”

Geert Wilders talking on Australian television, 2013:

Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a totalitarian ideology. The best example is that if any person, any Muslim wants to leave Islam, then the penalty is death… However, there are moderate and non-moderate Muslims, I acknowledge that. As a matter of fact the majority of the Muslims living in our society are moderate people. But don’t make the mistake that even though there are moderate and radical Muslims that there is a moderate or a radical Islam. There is only one Islam, and that is a totalitarian ideology that has no room for anything but Islam.

11 thoughts on “Atheist Guru Ducks”

  1. Dawkins doesnt know much about anything except probably his own special subject – “Animal Behaviour”.

    Basically Dawkins is a publicity seeking hound. He was given a chair at Oxford not in his own subject, “Animal Behaviour” but as a Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.

    The chair was endowed by Charles Simonyi (Microsoft billionaire), with the express intention that the holder “be expected to make important contributions to the public understanding of some scientific field”, and that its first holder should be Richard Dawkins.

    Charles Simonyi and Dawkins were fellow students at the University of California, Berkeley.

    1. Dawkins is a fearful little prick. Whoever saw him in his TV-series recently in Varanasi (formerly Benares/India) watching the funeral pyres and the way the Hindus dispatch the cadavers of their relatives saw that he was horrified.

      His atheism is based on fear, not on wisdom and certainly not on knowledge. Dawkins is no different from any of the spiritual seekers who despair over the vacuum they themselves have created.

  2. The cowardice left.

    The tell that gave a way his cowardice, was the use of the words, “Well, um”.

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” –MLK.

  3. Sheik,

    You left out one important descriptive for Dawkins, and that is conviction.

    He holds no confidence in his conviction of his atheistic belief and it is demonstrated with his interview with Al Jizz.

  4. He has become a Christ-figure for atheists, and I don’t suppose this performance will dent him that much in their eyes. (In Canada as of last Wednesday, criticizing him might count as ‘hate speech’.) By the way, I might mention Rupert Sheldrake’s most recent book (in the UK rather provocatively titled ‘The Science Delusion’).

  5. @ White English Gentleman -He has become a Christ-figure for atheists…! Well, then he should hate himself,lol!

    One think I ‘love’ about atheists: they expect people to believe them on “blind faith”, yet criticise any one who believes in a religion on blind faith.

    Dawkins cannot prove or disprove there is a god and has admitted this in an interview.

    His comments on Islam are purely made to keep his head attached to his body and to avoid a fatwah.

    Read his book, “The Blind Watchmaker”. It’s supposed to be scientific and many of his assertions are totally laughable!

    Prefer Billy Connolly’s humour on religion, and Islam in particular.

  6. Don’t waste your time with his trash.

    I have seen him in India, in his own TV-reportage. When he, or rather his film crew, filmed the cremation of dead Hindus, when he watched them throw the half-burned cadavers in the Ganges river, the horror and the fear in him was palpable. Especially when they swept the sludge away, and then there were the guys picking precious metals out of the dentures etc. He must still have nightmares from it. Dawkins is afraid to die, he fears death more than most of us; he can’t come to terms with the God of the Christians, he can’t find peace in nothingness and runs around the world in despair looking for something.

    Should we care?

    He’s a pathetic little man.

  7. @ Sheik
    “Dawkins is afraid to die, he fears death more than most of us; he can’t come to terms with the God of the Christians, he can’t find peace in nothingness and runs around the world in despair looking for something.”

    Of course he does! He has no belief in any after life or such so he cannot be sure if he is going to hell or not!

    The suspense must be killing him,lol!

  8. Maybe it’s even worse – and predictibly so: He fears that the only experience in all existence and all life is only the binary fear of pain and the ‘greedy’ hope of no pain (that generalized, situationally context-free state of nothingness he allegedly hopes to find peace in) but that it will never end, because there is no nothingness! The absolutely certain afterlife will just be more of the same, no matter how many eaten sandwiches (his self-proclaimed example of his pinnacle of happiness requirement) he occasionally enjoys! That there is a ‘god’ or over-consciousness, but one who cannot cancel pain and fear forever, because all consciousness – including that god’s – is bound by that simple existential relationship to the physical realm. When one is dead, one will never know it, because if truly dead, one won’t be able to think about it, and if one’s consciousness survives, then one isn’t truly dead at all anyway!

    It’s also possible he simply saw throwing half-burned rotting corpses into a river isn’t exactly the most sanitary practice for those who may have to use that same water downriver later.

    None of which categories, of course, excuse his blatant cowardice concerning the global extortion-racket crime syndicate called islam.

    Since islam doesn’t inspire hope but only commands obedience to one’s own fears of pain as their god, it’s not even a religion, however misguided – which is the minimum truth Dawkins should say about it in public, if he wants to maintain any kind of credibility at all.

    If Dawkins had any real brains or backbone and wanted to show some consistency, he’d have argued THESE simple points on “I’ll-Jeer-Ya:”

    Here’s the simple differences between philosophy, science, and religion:

    1). Philosophy is speculation, presented AS speculation.
    2). Science is tested speculation, presented AS tested speculation.
    3). Religion is speculation, presented AS fact.

    So I hold that all religions are lies, and thus crimes (lying is only the most basic form of theft – it’s the theft of the Truth, and theft IS crime)!

    BUT, that being said, (and at best all ‘real’ religions only offer advice based on metaphysical speculations and observances of human psychology,) there’s still a VAST difference between what islam and all the other indoctrinating ‘religious’ cultures tell to their people, and the obvious, predictable results:

    At WORST, all real religions only say:

    “Obey our silly rules, or GOD (/’the gods’) will get you!”

    But ONLY islam says:

    “Obey our silly rules, or WE will get you (‘for god’)!”

    So islam isn’t a religion at all, and it’s members are atheists, having no faith in their own god’s ability to enforce even its own us-versus-them and might-makes-right tenets!

    They have no real “faith” because their description of their “allah” is that he/it is unknown and unknowable (so why listen to Big Moe?) and since allah has been generalized as the indivisible EVERYTHING, it is also therefore specifically NOTHING!

    It isn’t Ha-Shem, only Shit-Happens!

    Here’s islam’s “holy Message from god” as exemplified by the collective words and deeds of it’s Founder:

    “I will save humanity by lying to, extorting, torturing, robbing, burning out of their homes, kidnapping and ransoming, enslaving, raping and murdering everyone who even only verbally disagrees with me – and you can, too!”


    Muhammad was really only a con-man and bandit-king, an arch-criminal who always blamed “god” for his own penchant for committing crimes. If Moe got away with committing a crime (and he tried them all, enthusiastically, more than once, but instead of ever showing contrition, bragged about how much fun it was to commit them, and advised everyone else to join in the fun, too), then it was held to be “obvious” that “god” wanted him to get away with having committed those crimes!

    So, islam is not a “religion” (at all, much less one “of peace”) nor is it a “race” (at all, much less one of “Poor, Oppressed, People Of Colour”)!

    Obviously, islam is ONLY an ancient, ongoing extortion-racket CRIME-syndicate, and the only “religious” part in it, is where they say:

    “God told us to commit these crimes!”



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