September 16, 2013

Well, About That...Dawkins Thng.

Earlier I posted a link to a Salon piece that's been making the rounds. It's made quite a stir because it suggests that Dawkins is highly dismissive of what he calls "mild pedophelia". Looking at the quotes in Salon, they seemed damming in the extreme.

Well, it appears that Salon did to Dawkins what MSNBC did to George Zimmerman.  The actual Dawkins interview being quoted is here and Dawkins does explain the specific context of the quote here. He was pointing out that his own experience pales in comparison to others. I disagree strongly with his historical perspective argument in this particular case. However, his statement is in NO way an endorsement or dismissal of child molestation.

 He charitably calls the issue a misunderstanding.

It is not. This was character defamation pure and simple and I am ashamed to have unwittingly perpetuated it.

I am no fan of many of Dawkins's views. However, this Salon article is simply defamatory.

Thanks to Pixy for the pointer.

UPDATE: Given that Richard Dawkins is one of the go to poster boys for secular progressivism, one might wonder why the 'oh so proper' secular progressives at Salon decided to do this. Well, he was probably on the right side of this controversy and two years later made this perfectly rational statement. Both positions are absolute taboo positions to the modern left and anyone who strays from the narrow weaving path that is their morality of convenience will be struggled against until they recant or are destroyed .

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1 The historical perspective argument is a tricky one, particularly when we're talking about time within living memory.  I'm not sure I agree with Dawkins on that either.

But the key lesson here is, if Salon says the Sun rises in the East, wait and check the next morning.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Sep 16 03:41:14 2013 (PiXy!)

2   Sigh.  When will you learn I'm always right?

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at Mon Sep 16 09:49:36 2013 (MNAY3)

3 Don't forget that Dawkins dared to mention the unmentionable about Muslims recently, too. The leftists may be getting ready to throw him under the bus.

Another thing about this "mild pedophilia" thing is how the moral panic with the attendant zero-tolerance prompted all sorts of awful laws, which hurt manga and anime fans. People like Handley are getting thrown into prison and made wear the GPS collar like in worst of dystopias for possessing manga that's deemed "child pornography". For that reason alone I consider it justified to push back on the pedofillia scare.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon Sep 16 11:58:47 2013 (RqRa5)

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