Today the American Humanist Association Board voted to withdraw, effective immediately, the 1996 Humanist of the Year award it bestowed on Richard Dawkins.— American Humanist Association (@americnhumanist) April 19, 2021
Tap the preview below to read the board’s statement explaining why. https://t.co/VfxMgbISh5
Another atheist organization has fallen to wokeness.— Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) April 20, 2021
Wokeness is a universal solvent that corrodes and destroys everything it contacts. https://t.co/Sb4igKpIZl
It’s almost as if “Humanists” are just as dogmatic as those they condemn. https://t.co/53SVKdvQjS— Edward Dutton (@jollyheretic) April 20, 2021
The right way to disagree : “I think you’re wrong because . . . the evidence shows . . . there’s a flaw in your logic. . .”— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) April 15, 2021
The Twitter way: “F*** you, you degenerate piece of garbage, please die”
Peter Singer & colleagues are doing something good here:https://t.co/CH3oTXL6YU
I have a confession to make.
In the early 2000s, I used to be a fedora tipping atheist and Richard Dawkins fan. In fact, it was an unsettling experience on the Richard Dawkins Forum which set me on the path to becoming a Christian. When I realized how awful these people were, I began having second thoughts about atheism.
“Biologist and author Richard Dawkins had his 1996 Humanist of the Year award revoked on Monday after his comments about transgender individuals.
“Richard Dawkins was honored in 1996 by the AHA as Humanist of the Year for his significant contributions in this area,” the American Humanist Association wrote in a statement. “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.”
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,” the statement said. …”
“Demonstrating adroitly that nobody is safe from our current bout of gladiatorial Calvinball, the American Humanist Association has decided to retroactively cancel Richard Dawkins on the grounds that he is insufficiently devoted to transgenderism’s creed.
Dawkins’s crime was to have suggested on Twitter that transgender people are not, in a scientific sense, members of the sex with which they identify. “In 2015,” Dawkins wrote recently, “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 response, the AHA said that Dawkins was “making statements that use the guise of scientific discourse to demean marginalised groups, an approach antithetical to humanist values,” and took away an award that it had given Dawkins in 1996, thereby confirming his initial hypothesis. …”
I had read all of Richard Dawkins books. I still own them today.
It was my introduction to his fans and the “atheist community” and specifically this very issue in that community which gave me the impression that no one is more dogmatic than “free thinkers.” The people on the forum were fanatically committed to the idea that race, sex and gender are social constructs. They wouldn’t listen to reason or science and ganged up on me and shouted me down.
“For years, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins enjoyed the acclaim and approval heaped upon him by universities and institutes across the western world. Festooned with awards and lavished with honours, he rode the intellectual tidal wave of new atheism at its peak.
But now the tide is out and with it Dawkins’ brand of free-spirited thinking too; the author of The Selfish Gene has been accused of Islamophobia, transphobia and a variety of supposedly offensive comments. …”
Dawkins of course is famously thick skinned but the latest ignominy heaped on the Oxford academic will have stung more than most. The American Humanist Association Board today announced it was stripping Dawkins of his 1996 ‘Humanist of the Year’ award claiming sniffily that he:
“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. 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.” …”
They’ve finally cancelled Dawkins himself over their -isms and -phobias.
It was clear to me even back then that these people were a dangerous religious cult. Wokeism was an emerging religious cult, but it lacked all of the virtues of Christianity. The thing that disturbed me the most about the “atheist community” is that it was full of people who were lifestyle atheists. They hated Christianity, not because they thought it was incompatible with science or thought it was untrue, but because the practice of Christianity was incompatible with their degenerate lifestyles.