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The gap between what Muslims say, and Muslims do. - last commented 15 March 2011 08:47 PM

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PeterNoSaint's Avatar Jump to comment 48 by PeterNoSaint

Myself, I think Richard has been clumsy in this case for the following reasons:

  1. American voters of whatever political persuasion are likely to resent, or be irritated by, a prominent foreigner implying how they should vote. (I recall the Guardian newspaper running a campaign to try and persuade Americans not to vote for George W. Bush. It clearly had little effect, and simply got on the nerves of people who thought the Guardian should stick to meddling in British affairs.)

  2. Many people, not only Americans, will get the impression of small mindedness and intolerance on Richard's part by criticizing a Presidential candidate because of their religion. Most US Presidents (and Presidential candidates) have professed religious belief at some time, probably more for various media and public relations approval than anything else. This includes President Obama, whom I assume Richard endorses more than Mitt Romney. I believe Richard has stumbled into the hands of those who will portray him as a bigot, neatly turning the tables on him (in their minds anyhow).

  3. Although Richard has tried to emphasise the positive achievements of the United States, much of his statement nevertheless comes across as anti-American. This is likely to get him dismissed as yet another whiny America-hater, even if that is an unfair assessment of his position. Those Americans who may have had some time for Richard's opinions, may now summarily ignore him. Those who despise Richard now have further ammunition to use against him.

All in all, IMHO, I think Richard has been clumsy and lacking in better judgement in making these statements. His statements regarding Mitt Romney sound more like flippant and careless 'thinking aloud'. I don't think he has won people over to his side, and has probably closed some minds against him. That's not what we need.

Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:03:41 UTC | #950519

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PeterNoSaint's Avatar Jump to comment 337 by PeterNoSaint

My Dad once told me that when he was in the military in WWII, he killed several of the enemy in the heat of battle.

Myself, I have to confess that I have never killed a bunch of people in my entire life, even though I am directly descended from my Dad by merely one generation. I can only think this must be due to some genetic mutation that has pacified my behaviour. Definitive proof indeed of evolution at work! I would also like to point out that I am directly descended from my mother who is a woman, but I myself am not a woman, despite having lots of my mother’s genes. QED! So there we have it, take that and smoke it you silly Telegraph journalists.

Now please excuse me whilst I go and strangle some bunnies with my bra.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:11:56 UTC | #922457

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Richard Dawkin' s attack on David Cameron about religion in UK schools is fair enough in itself.

But I don't recall Richard protesting so vociferously when the previous Labour government were in power. As I recall, Labour endorsed faith schools in pretty much the same way as the present coalition. (Have we so quickly forgotten that 'Faith Foundation' Tony Blair was a religious nut?)

This seems a tad unfair on David Cameron when the last government were just as bad on this issue. Why make such a fuss now Richard?

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:18:54 UTC | #898281

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PeterNoSaint's Avatar Jump to comment 71 by PeterNoSaint

As a student at a UK college (a while ago) I had to take a compulsory humanities module called 'Political Economy', even though I was an engineering degree student.

The 'Political Economy' module actually turned out to be, and should have been more accurately called, a 'Marxist Indoctrination' module. When I expressed my disgust at this and wished to skip the module, I was threatened with being failed for my engineering degree for lack of attendance.

I don't know if the same would happen today. But if I was forced to sit through hours of Marxist bollocks, then so can a few Muslim medical students listen to the far, far more sensible theory of evolution, and should be threatened with failing their degree if they don't. Or are we so politically correct and afraid of Muslims that we daren't? Perhaps British colleges are still so 'leftie-friendly' that it doesn't occur to them that their politically correct contortions expose their own bigotry.

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:35:33 UTC | #893938

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PeterNoSaint's Avatar Jump to comment 54 by PeterNoSaint

As a Briton, I see the fight against religious fundamentalism as part of the question of what we want the future identity and character of the UK to be. A similar question probably applies to all Western nations.

For the long term, I really worry about the resurgence of fundamentalist religious beliefs in British society, and which are fostered by (some) faith schools. I for one have no confidence in government assurances that creationism will not be taught as science in British schools. How exactly are they going to stop it happening, especially in communities that see creationism as part of their 'holy' identity? From accounts of what is going on in some schools, it is indeed already happening.

It seems to me that the backing of faith schools by both the present coalition and previous Labour administration, is misguided in the extreme. There should be no government funding of any faith based schooling whatsoever.

Richard Dawkins is doing an invaluable public service in raising people's awareness of non-scientific nonsense, and the dangers of religious fundamentalism. But I don't think it's enough. Those of us who broadly agree with Richard need to organize ourselves better to gain far more political clout.

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 14:00:03 UTC | #879158

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