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“Religion is like a computer virus; it’s pernicious.”
Richard Dawkins compares religion to a “trojan virus,” and to one of those email “forwards” that threaten people with something terrible if they don’t send it on to eleven other people.
Dawkins states that because we’ve all been brought up to respect religion and he refuses to, the things he says infuriate people.
He feels that people are threatened by his beliefs, and claims to despise people whose belief in religion is not backed up by reason. Who is this opinionated “intellectual” and why is anyone listening?
Richard Dawkins is the infamous British atheist that wrote a surprising hit known as “The God Delusion,” and is one of the “Four Horsemen,” also known as a “New Atheist.” He is a biologist, writer, lecturer, and is often joined in discussion and debate by Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett. These four New Atheists are different from past atheists in that they are aggressive and outspoken about people of faith, and hold religion and the religious in great contempt. They despise religion and feel that the religious are stupid and dangerous. They compare religious faith to believing in a “sky fairy,” or “the flying spaghetti monster.”
Dawkins doesn’t feel that religion is winning in our world and believes Christianity is on the decline, though he is concerned that Islam may be growing and passionately wants to fight it. “A lot of people think we need religion in order to be moral. You don’t need to send your child to a faith school in order to instill in your child morality.”
This podcast interview with Richard Dawkins, conducted by John Harris, is very intriguing and exposes Richard Dawkins as a bit of a snob, who considers that “the common people” seem to need religion. He cares about what children are taught, what he considers “truth,” and respects science as “wonderful.” Based upon the way he describes science in this podcast, I would have to say that Richard Dawkins worships science as his own brand of “religion.”