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A riposte to the "smear tactics" used against the evolutionary biologist

Richard Dawkins

Following Richard Dawkins's Today programme exchange with Giles Fraser over the New Testament and Darwin's On the Origin of Species, the evolutionary biologist and former New Statesman guest editor addresses the "smear tactics" used against him over the past week, first of which was the former canon chancellor's attempt on radio:

Far from being a real gotcha, Fraser's diversionary tactic can only be seen as a measure of desperation, designed to conceal the embarrassing ignorance of their holy book shown by 64 per cent of Census Christians [people who self-identified in the 2001 census as "Christian"]. In any case Darwin's Origin, I hope I don't have to add, is nobody's holy book.

In the cover story of this week's magazine, available in shops tomorrow, Dawkins also presents the results of a large-scale Ipsos MORI poll into Britain's relationship with Christianity.

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Ateista z chwilową luką w pamięci i w szoku niewolnictwa

Autor tekstu: Richard Dawkins
Tłumaczenie: Małgorzata Koraszewska
Jest to skrócona wersja artykułu Richarda Dawkinsa opublikowanego w „New Statemen". Link do całego artykułu będzie dostępny, kiedy artykuł ukaże się online.

Kilka lat temu moja koleżanka została przyjęta do szpitala i pielęgniarka podeszła do jej łóżka, żeby wypełnić formularz o danych osobowych. „Religia?" "Żadna" [ang. none]. Potem podsłuchała rozmowę dwóch pielęgniarek plotkujących o niej. „Nie wygląda na zakonnicę" [ang. nun — wymowa ta sama. przyp. tłum.]

Absurdalne założenie, że każdy musi mieć jakąś religię jako część swojej tożsamości, którą należy odhaczyć w taki sam sposób, jak odhacza się rubrykę dla płci, koloru oczu i znanych alergii, jest powszechne w naszym społeczeństwie i ciągle jest zapisane w naszych formularzach spisowych.
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