Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

we have what YOU think some of Dawkins' "followers" MIGHT do

That you see nothing wrong with Islamofascist awareness week in the US tells much about yourself and the hate you trade in.

Where did I say that - and what does it have to do with Dawkins?

Part of his complaint is that the more moderate elements lend respectability to the idea of basing one's major beliefs on faith and hence lend respectability to more extremist elements.

So I am guilty by association. What's it gong to be? Up against the wall? Really, I don't think I need to know a whole lot more of this enlightened scientific view you are promoting.

 It's a perfectly reasonable argument that the moderates who defend using faith as a justification for beliefs do lend respectability to extremists' justifications of their views as based on faith. This doesn't mean - of course - that the moderates are entirely responsible for the extremists' actions. But your quick blurring of this distinction allows you to conclude that you don't want to know more - just the sort of attitude of which you were accusing Dawkins.  So you don't have to bother with the laborious business of dealing with what Dawkins himself actually says - instead YOU try guilt by association.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 07:05:41 PM EST
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