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Ophelia Benson's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by Ophelia Benson

Richard Dawkins was confronted, the ethical character of his atheism challenged in light of the manner in which some of his ancestors forged wealth through participation in the Atlantic slave trade...The rather clumsy challenge of Dawkins by that reporter and his response to the report provide an opportunity to reflect on an issue with enduring impact...

The challenge was more than "rather clumsy" - it was ridiculous. It wasn't "some of his ancestors"; it was one, from the 18th century - many generations ago.

Why didn't Anthony Pinn give the particulars of that journalistic gotcha? He didn't even name the newspaper, which was The Telegraph - not exactly friendly to atheists or even secularists.

Sat, 05 May 2012 17:05:23 UTC | #939919