Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) July 29, 2014
How charming. Now, with all due respect to Dr. Dawkins, if you’re an atheist, what’s right and wrong would be decided by personal opinion. Without God’s absolute moral standard, what’s good and evil would be a matter of personal preference. Why would we trust the opinion of Richard Dawkins over the opinion of a rapist?
After all, according to Dawkins, all of our thoughts are the result of chemical reactions in the brain. Indeed, several years ago he said “Why do we vent such visceral hatred on child murderers, or on thuggish vandals, when we should simply regard them as faulty units that need fixing or replacing?” In other words, we shouldn’t punish criminals because they have “mean” atoms. It’s a good thing Dawkins is an academic and not a defense lawyer.
Yet, one wonders, why would Dawkins have more “moral” atoms than a rapist? I mean, if evolution is all about passing our genes on to the next generation, why would a hardcore evolutionist like Dawkins say that rape is a bad thing? It certainly increases the odds of passing someone’s genes on to the next generation, so what’s the big deal?
Unfortunately, Dr. Dawkins’ no-good, terrible Twitter experience continued in August. On the 20th, he tweeted this about aborting babies with Down syndrome:
What a teddy bear. Of course, his opinion shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Indeed, Dawkins has said in the past that “If you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why on Earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability?” (Cited in Hilary White, Anti-religion extremist Dawkins advocates eugenics: says Nazi regime’s genocidal project ‘may not be bad’, LifeSiteNews.com, 21 November 2006). I guess he doesn’t think Down syndrome babies are good for the gene pool. He would’ve been a hit in 1930’s Berlin.
That said, Dawkins tried to justify his belief by saying the following:
Apparently I’m a horrid monster for recommending WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS to the great majority of Down Syndrome fetuses. They are aborted.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) August 20, 2014
So, if the majority of people agree murdering Jews, homosexuals and the physically disabled is right, does that make it acceptable? If the majority decides what’s right and wrong, Dawkins has no basis for condemning what went wrong in Nazi Germany.
Regardless, while many people were rightly outraged by Dr. Dawkins’ comments, they missed the forest for the trees. Jesus said that “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall” (Matthew 7:26-27). As an atheist, Dawkins has no basis to say that anything is objectively right or wrong, whether it’s rape or abortion. His foundation is built on sand.