Thursday, 10 May 2012

Should Richard Dawkins Be Prosecuted for Hate Speech?

The laws on "hate speech" are inconsistent. You are allowed to express some opinions but not others. Rabid gay extremists are allowed to rant and rave making denunciations and death threats , but that doesn't count as "hate speech".
And it seems that opinions are only right or wrong according to who expresses them. Richard Dawkins, for example, the leading Oxford Professor of genetics and life science, has never yet been prosecuted for expressing his opinions on the Koran. He expresses them in public and in his books. He goes on lecture tours and is given TV programmes to expound his ideas. He is regarded as a celebrity.
So it is curious that other people are hounded, vilified, misrepresented and treated as criminals for expressing their own views on the Koran even in private. Nobody has ever called Professor Dawkins by rude names just because he says what he honestly thinks. It seems to be one law for Professor Dawkins and another law for ordinary peasants.

RICHARD DAWKINS: Islam is 'one of the great evils in the world'
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 06:56 Acharya S Contributing Writers - Acharya S/D.M. Murdock

Richard Dawkins says it outright. One wonders why so few other atheists are speaking out in the same way. Note that he does not hasten to qualify his comment by saying, "Islamic extremism" or "radical Islam."

Dawkins: "I'm reasonably optimistic in America and Europe. I'm pessimistic about the Islamic world. I regard Islam as one of the great evils in the world, and I fear that we have a very difficult struggle there."

"Why is it more problematic than Christianity, for instance?"

RD: "There is a belief that every word of the Koran is literally true, and there's a kind of closemindedness which is, I think, less present in the former Christendom, perhaps because we've had long - I don't know quite why - but there's more of a historical tradition of questioning. There are people in the Islamic world who simply say, 'Islam is right, and we are going to impose our will.' There's an asymmetry. I think in a way we are being too nice. I think that it's possible to be naively overoptimistic, and if you reach out to people who have absolutely no intention of reaching back to you, then you may be disillusioned."

We've had long what? I think the word Professor Dawkins is groping for could be the Enlightenment. Of course he is a scientist so vocabulary for discussing issues in the humanities is not his strong point. But you get what he is driving at. Voltaire and d'Argens and all that.

Dawkins regularly uses his website to highlight the human rights abuses in the Islamic world, and does not shrink from terms such as "Islamo-fascism":-

He has called Islam "an unmitigated evil in the world" and has been attacked on jihadist websites with names like "IslamophobiaWatch" and "loonwatch" which repeats everything from IslamophobiaWatch:-“islam”-is-an-“unmitigated-evil”/

Dawkins has gone so far as to state publicly in a newspaper that Muslim schools should not be permitted in Britain:-
He says that what they teach is "pernicious."
So when are the political correctness police going to swoop? How long before Professor Dawkins gets a knock on the door in the middle of the night? Will he be taken to a gulag or just to a secure psychiatric unit for re-education?
We await further news from the leftie gutter press.