Thursday, April 1, 2010

What I really meant was...

(HT to Dr. Feser.)

Richard Dawkins in 2006:

"For all sorts of reasons I dislike the Roman Catholic Church. But I dislike unfairness even more, and I can’t help wondering whether this one institution has been unfairly demonized over the issue, especially in Ireland and America…."
(The God Delusion, p. 316)

Dawkins in 2010:

"[Pope Bendict XVI] should be arrested the moment he dares to set foot outside his tinpot fiefdom of the Vatican…. Should the pope resign? No. As the College of Cardinals must have recognized when they elected him, he is perfectly - ideally - qualified to lead the Roman Catholic Church. A leering old villain in a frock, who spent decades conspiring behind closed doors for the position he now holds… a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence: in short, exactly the right man for the job. He should not resign, moreover, because he is perfectly positioned to accelerate the downfall of the evil, corrupt organization whose character he fits like a glove, and of which he is the absolute and historically appropriate monarch."
(The Washington Post, March 28)

As one commentor put it, "Seems pretty obvious that one need not believe in God or gods to have a self-righteous, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou attitude...."

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