Thursday, October 28, 2010

The honest atheist

And there goes Richard Dawkins's argument, presented in The God Delusion, that atheists are more moral than theists. Clearly he is an exceptional judge of human character and well-suited to pronounce judgment on morality, given his superior personnel skills demonstrated in selecting people to run his web site and now his charity.
Josh Timonen was one of a small coterie of young protégés around Richard Dawkins, sharing his boss's zealous atheism. But now he and the evolutionary theorist have fallen out spectacularly. Professor Dawkins's charity has accused Mr Timonen of embezzling hundreds of thousands of pounds. The two atheists had become close in recent years, with Dawkins, the best-selling author and Emeritus Professor of Biology at Oxford University, even dedicating his latest book, The Greatest Show on Earth, to him. But Mr Timonen and the Dawkins foundation are now preparing for a legal wrangle.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, has filed four lawsuits in a Californian court alleging that Mr Timonen, who ran its online operation in America, stole $375,000 (£239,000) over three years. It is claiming $950,000 in damages, while Mr Dawkins is suing him for $14,000 owed to him personally.
With the exception of the hapless Sam Harris, atheists repeatedly insist that despite having no externally imposed morality, there is no reason for them to behave worse than those who do possess a morality imposed upon them by their gods. And yet, again and again, we see that their moral behavior, (as measured by the theistic systems in which they do not believe), is completely dependent upon the circumstances in which they find themselves and the temptations they face.

In the same way that an atheist leader with sufficient power is more likely than not to murder at least 20,000 people, we now know that atheist charities, (if I recall Dawkins's claims correctly, the foundation for Reason and Science was the first explicitly atheist charity in Britain), are one for one in corruption. But I suppose that's what happens when you turn yourself into the godless version of a big-haired televangelist.



Anonymous Anonymous April 07, 2012 2:12 PM  

I admit to being a fan of Mr. Dawkins, when almost no one was speaking out about atheism, he and the three other horsemen were out there speaking loudly for us cause we weren't doing it. I believe his reference to atheist having more morals than religious folks is true. Can you throw out the baby with the bath water? Because one atheist may have decided to steal from his Foundation, I doubt there are many atheist shoving dogma down their children's throats, indoctrinating young ones. Child abuse is a term I agree with Mr. Dawkins. Religious folks, I believe, do commit more immoral acts because they not only have normal human failures, they also have immoral acts done solely because of religion. Not to try and belittle this blog, but it seems very easy to sit and write blogs, criticizing others, when you aren't putting your money and face out in front trying to advance our cause. People like Mr. Dawkins and others are out in front taking most of the risks. I doubt that Mr. Dawkins would say that atheist don't commit any immoral acts just as he states he cannot claim that there is 100% no gods. Yes, atheist's are human and do commit immoral acts at times, but we do not also commit horrid immoral acts which can only be done in the name of religion. Jay Eldridge, AZ

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