Atheist Richard Dawkins says nothing wrong with pedophilia

Fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt;
not one does what is right.
Psalm 53

RichardDawkinsRichard Dawkins, 72, atheist

I’ve always thought atheists are the most arrogant people. Ever.

While agnosticism — uncertainty about the existence of God — is an understandable position to hold, atheism — the conviction that God doesn’t exist — is not only an intellectually arrogant position to hold, it is also logically indefensible.

Allow me to explain.

Agnostics don’t know if God exists or not. They are skeptical about whether God exists for any number of reasons, including the absence or lack of empirical evidence (or so they say) for God’s existence, and perhaps the most problematic of all — how does one explain the existence of evil, if a loving and omnipotent God exists?

Atheism, however, is indefensible on logical and empirical grounds. The atheist credo, “There is no God,” is what philosophers call a universal or Categorical Negative — an assertion that something (in this case, God) absolutely does not exist.

This is akin to saying “There is no such thing as a chartreuse rabbit” (a naturally chartreuse-colored rabbit). Imagine how this assertion can be verified or “proven” to be true.

Take a minute or two to think about it. I’ll wait . . . .

Daffy Duck waitingTo prove that the statement “There is no chartreuse rabbit” or “Chartreuse rabbits don’t exist” would require you to look around and ascertain that you could not find a naturally chartreuse-colored rabbit — not just in the town or city where you live, not just in America, not just on Earth, but in all the millions and millions and millions of planets, stars, moons, and asteroids all across the Universe. For even though you and I had never seen one, nor has anyone in all of human history, how do we know chartreuse rabbits don’t exist somewhere in the unimaginably vast Universe? We can exclude the possibility that chartreuse rabbits don’t exist only if we had seen EVERYTHING in the Universe.

The same goes for the atheist’s Categorical Negative that “There is no God.” Just think how arrogant the atheist must be to presume to know EVERYTHING there is to know in the Universe, so that s/he actually presumes to know that God doesn’t exist!

Notwithstanding all his academic credentials, achievements, and popular acclaim, 72-year-old English evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is just such an arrogant know-it-all. In his 2006 book The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in The Brothers Karamazov, wrote: “In a world without God, everything is permitted.” 

It should come as no surprise, then, that Dawkins recently made the news with his astonishing proclamation that there’s nothing wrong with a little “mild pedophilia” — whatever “mild” pedophilia means.

Kirsten Andersen reports for LifeSiteNews, Sept. 12, 2013, that when he was 11 years old, Dawkins had been sexually molested by his art teacher who pulled the boy onto his lap, reached into his shorts, and fondled his genitals. When young Dawkins told his schoolmates, he learned he wasn’t alone – their teacher had abused other boys, too.

But 60 years later, Dawkins can’t bring himself to condemn the teacher’s actions, but instead strains to defend the creep. Dawkins told The Times magazine that abuse like he and his classmates suffered causes “no lasting harm,” and that “mild pedophilia” or “touching up” shouldn’t be judged as harshly as rape or other crimes.

Ever the moral relativist, Dawkins said: “I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today.”

Victims’ rights groups reacted with outrage to Dawkins’ comments. Peter Watt, director of child protection at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, said Dawkins’ remarks were “a terrible slight” to victims of childhood sexual abuse: “Mr. Dawkins seems to think that because a crime was committed a long time ago we should judge it in a different way. But we know that the victims of sexual abuse suffer the same effects, whether it was 50 years ago or yesterday.”

Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood and himself a victim of abuse, said, “Abuse in all its forms has always been wrong. Evil is evil and we have to challenge it whenever and wherever it occurs.”

Dawkins’ reaction was to double down on his remarks via social media, taking to Twitter to argue that “’Mild touching up’ is bad. Raping 8-year-old wife to death is worse…Quantitative judgment vs. black/white.”

When users reacted with anger to the statement, he pressed on, writing, “Is anyone seriously denying that raping an 8-year-old to death is worse than putting a hand inside a child’s clothes? Are you that ABSOLUTE? Non-consensual sex is always bad. But raping an 8-year-old to death is quantitatively worse than ‘touching inappropriately. Shades of grey.”

This is not the first time Dawkins has said something controversial about pedophilia. In his book The God Delusion, he argued that raising children in the Catholic faith is more abusive than sexual molestation. Referring to the priestly abuse scandals then rocking the Church in Ireland, Dawkins wrote, “Horrible as sexual abuse no doubt was, the damage was arguably less than the long-term psychological damage inflicted by bringing the child up Catholic in the first place.”

What an arrogant, hateful, and confused man!

~Eowyn

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surfercajun
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surfercajun

Or as my daughter puts it…. Haters got to hate!

Hey, everyone… I hope you are enjoying your beautiful first fall day!!
My candy corn sickness is about to begin!!!

Will
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Bit rainy here in NC but can’t complain :-). Ah Candy Corn. When I was growing up it was the the red headed step child of Halloween treats! 😉

surfercajun
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LOL @ red headed step child of Halloween treats! ..Will, I treat it as a sickness every October! ;o)

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LOL@ red headed step child!

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He just needs to STHU before he digs his hole deeper. Thank you Dr. E, for making the distinction between atheists and agnostics. Being one myself (agnostic), I have long felt atheism to be at it’s fundamental core, ultimately subjective since there is no way to prove the non-existence of a deity. Nor can I say I will always be an agnostic, it is just where I am at this point in my life’s journey. If that changes at some juncture, and I do embrace faith, that wouldn’t be a bad thing now, would it?

joandarc
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joandarc

I admire your honesty and intellectual acuity Randy. I will pray for you, that Our Lord helps you in your faith journey. I will be praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, the true presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ, while I sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Ditto to what Dr. Eowyn said. There will be big parties in heaven indeed!

Will
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Can’t wait to see how his fellow atheist defend this one.

Should be good for some laughs.

Thomas
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Thomas

Why would anyone defend him? It’s not like he’s a god and atheists believe in him.

PMB
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PMB

What a waste of intelligence. He would have been better off if he’d been born a moron. It would probably KILL him to admit he was wrong about anything.

Mark Tipton
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At risk of being known as the devil’s advocate here, I do believe he has a point to a degree. We know by writings, biblical teachings and societal norms of the times that Mary, the mother of the Christ was likely only eleven or twelve when she was wed and only twelve or thirteen when she gave birth. Now before you go hating … yes, I do believe in God and I have an unshakable faith … and could prove any atheist willing to look honestly at the topic … false in five questions or less. Still, societal norms do… Read more »

James N W
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James N W

Marriage could happen at a much younger age in the ancient near east, indeed. But could you link me to any biblical teachings that suggest the age of Mary? Much appreciated. 🙂

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Reblogged this on Biblical Times News.

John
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You are correct. It is the height of arrogance to say I know better than the wisdom of the ages. Even the devil knows that there a God.

pnordman
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Wow – what is this man eating for breakfast?! I assume he has no daughters, but if he did he’d probably rent them out. God have mercy on us! We need to pray for people who think like this. Obviously their moral meter is way off…. Screaming at them seems to rev up their insanity, but prayer is always safe!

TrailDust
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Wow! Your quote of Psalm 53 was spot on, Dr. Eowyn.

winstonsmith6079
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Among the MOST untenable statements he made was “… mild pedophilia …”: “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking …” Now, in some places women will wear less cloth than it’d take to make a Victorian sleeve cuff!

pnordman
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“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28 NIV.

peri
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peri

Dawkins is thrice-married and has one offspring — a daughter.

One possibility is that he did engage in a little “mild pedophilia” with his daughter, and that’s why he is defending/justifying it now.

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most important post, and your brilliant analysis as noticed by the above commenters.

As for pedophilia, there is no such thing as a “mild” dose of it. Most human beings are repulsed by the thought of it as it is so terribly the height of evil. This is an indictment in and of itself of Dawkins. One must question whether or not he has or would partake in such behavior, since it is so “mild” an activity. My next question is, why must he find the need to justify this behavior?

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Dave
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I wonder if this sicko ever boinked his daughter?

He seems like the type.

-Dave

peri
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peri

Might it happen that when this man is on his deathbed he will come around and beg for forgiveness just in case there is a God? He knows that science says negatives can’t be proven. It’s the fly in his ointment. He also realizes that the universe is a big place and there is much more we don’t know than we know. Let alone if there is a God or not. He wouldn’t be the first atheist to repent. If he has done some good things in his life, he may approach the end of his life with some confidence.

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