We’re living in an era of cancellation, and it appears no one is safe.
That would be, no one.
Still, might components of the non-religious Left actually 86 one of the world’s most famous atheists?
Why, yes — yes, they might.
These days, on the same side of the aisle, cause clashes with cause.
Today brings news of a colossal collision.
You may be familiar with famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.
One of his best-selling books: The God Delusion.
A few selections:
- The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
- There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.
- Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.
“Science is interesting, and if you don’t agree, you can f— off.”
Would such a guy be embraced by The Party of Science™?
It seems Sí.
At least, Richard was wrapped by atheist group American Humanist Association (AHA).
In fact, the organization awarded him its highest honor: “Humanist of the Year.”
Dawkins scored the win way back in 1996.
But last week — that would be, a quarter of a century later — he tweeted the following:
“In 2015, Rachel Dolezal, a white chapter president of NAACP, was vilified for identifying as Black. Some men choose to identify as women, and some women choose to identify as men. You will be vilified if you deny that they literally are what they identify as.”
In 2015, Rachel Dolezal, a white chapter president of NAACP, was vilified for identifying as Black. Some men choose to identify as women, and some women choose to identify as men. You will be vilified if you deny that they literally are what they identify as.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) April 10, 2021
Evidently, such didn’t sit well with AHA.
Hence, the association — whose slogan is “Good Without God” and who champions “Advocating Progressive Values and Equality for Humanists, Atheists, and Freethinkers” — stripped Richard of his title.
In a news release, AHA pointed to a problematic history:
Regrettably, Richard Dawkins has over the past several years accumulated a history of making statements that use the guise of scientific discourse to demean marginalized groups, an approach antithetical to humanist values.
And as for those whose gender identities differ from their biological sex:
His latest statement implies that the identities of transgender individuals are fraudulent, while also simultaneously attacking Black identity as one that can be assumed when convenient. His subsequent attempts at clarification are inadequate and convey neither sensitivity nor sincerity.
An ample action’s subsequently been taken:
Consequently, the AHA Board has concluded that Richard Dawkins is no longer deserving of being honored by the AHA, and has voted to withdraw, effective immediately, the 1996 Humanist of the Year award.
Richard’s since added a bit of nuance, peppered with a Republican rinse:
“I do not intend to disparage trans people. I see that my academic “Discuss” question has been misconstrued as such and I deplore this. It was also not my intent to ally in any way with Republican bigots in US now exploiting this issue.”
I do not intend to disparage trans people. I see that my academic “Discuss” question has been misconstrued as such and I deplore this. It was also not my intent to ally in any way with Republican bigots in US now exploiting this issue .
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) April 12, 2021
Among the godless, the guy’s getting it — and not just from AHA.
The American Atheists have also downed Dawkins.
Per their site, the outfit’s vice president for legal and policy is Alison Gill, “a trans woman.”
Alison razed Richard, concluding thusly:
Trans people are under constant attack across our country. Implying that our identities are somehow fraudulent and questioning whether we even exist dehumanizes us and helps justify this violence. In 2020, HRC reported a record number of fatal attacks against trans and gender non-conforming people, the majority of whom were Black and Latina trans women—those most at risk.
Given the repercussions for the millions of trans people in this country, in this one life we have to live, as an atheist and as a trans woman, I hope that Prof. Dawkins treats this issue with greater understanding and respect in the future. If he has questions, I am happy to help.
Cancel culture is real, and you never know when it may strike.
Some surely pray it never finds ’em.
But in the case of Richard Dawkins — for obvious reasons — that wasn’t an available option.
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