It seems that Professor Dawkins can’t make any sort of statement anymore without a certain quarter becoming butt-hurt.
I’m referring to the tweets he sent out today, starting with his logical proposition of “X is bad, Y is worse”. No one seemed to have a problem with that statement at all. Then he uses two examples: pedophilia and rape. Okay, maybe those weren’t the best of examples to utilize but the point was the same, if you think something is bad and something else is worse, and you think one is and endorsement, then your thinking is bad.
I got his point. I think most people did. Then came the “tsunami” of hate toward him. Of course The Usual Suspects had to chime in; mainly because they read what they want. They hear want they want to hear and never even attempt to discern the point being made.
Dawkins, because of his profile, is the perfect target.
Here’s what I’d like to get at though: I really don’t think it matters what Professor Dawkins says, there’s going to be a certain quarter that will take offense. Remember when he did his tweet a while back on which poets, scientists, and composers he’d send as a “tombstone” to the universe?
Recall the crap he took because they were all “white men”? Really? Are people that petty? No one may have personal choices unless they include people of color or a woman in the mix? They were his personal choices. Nothing more. There was no statement made there about white men being better than anyone else.
I really believe that if Dawkins sent a tweet like this, “Good morning all! Beautiful day. Hope your day goes well.” that there’s be a hoard of people coming down on him for daring to think it was a good day. No, I’m not being ridiculous. I really believe that there’d be people questioning his sanity because of all the problems in the world. Mostly misogyny or rape-culture or something.
I don’t know Dawkins (and neither do his detractors) and maybe he is a jerk. I doubt it. I have never seen any indication in any video I’ve seen him in or any of his writing that he is a jerk. In fact, Dawkins seems to be a rather regular guy. He even seems to have a great sense of humor. He’s the kind of person you wouldn’t mind sitting down with over an adult beverage and having a long conversation.
The reaction of some to innocent tweets tells me a lot. I think it’s the price of fame.
BTW: Ive created a new category just for Professor Dawkins.