Richard Dawkins – punchline

Richard Dawkins is closing in on "punch line" status.

My friend the great pastor of Blackfen, His Hermeneuticalness has an excellent comment about Dawkin’s latest attack.

Goebbels redivivus

Damian Thompson today has a quotation from Richard Dawkins about the Holy Father, whom he describes as a "leering old villain in a frock". have a read of this section:

No, Pope Ratzinger should not resign. He should remain in charge of the whole rotten edifice – the whole profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution – while it tumbles, amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.

Does that not sound a whole lot like a previous propagandist against another world religion?

Just for the record, here are a couple of the comments that have been published at the Richard Dawkins website:

Appeal for an anti-Catholic Kristallnacht:

Until the mid 60’s it was traditional for a monk to appear three times before a new pope at his coronation, to burn a taper and utter the words "sic transit gloria mundi" (thus passes the glory of the world) as a reminder of the transitory nature of life and earthly honours. It is about time Herr Ratzinger had such a reminder, but in his case it should be the whole of his church that burns.

Pressing for a "solution" to the problem:

May the drum beat of criticism go forth in perpetuity! Or at least until the beast is dead.



Damian Thompson adds:

[Dawkins] article conjures up the image of a nasty old man who’s losing his marbles. It’s not very nice about the Pope, either.

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  1. “Losing his marbles” is spot-on.
    What joke. He’s an intellectual? By whose standards?
    Just go sit in a pub and drink all day, R. Dawkins, and give the world a rest.

  2. catholicmidwest says:

    He writes sensational paperback books about popular science. These guys are a dime a dozen, phDs or not. It’s more lucrative than actually doing science, I think, and requires less effort.

    I wonder how many of his assertions about animal behavior are biographical. Funny hair. Wonder if it was ever red. Wonder how well he climbs trees. Wonder if he realizes how many philosophers in the department down the road are arguing about how long it would take a monkey to randomly type out the Encyclopedia Britanica. =)

  3. JARay says:

    Damian Thompson’s parting shot is one of the most biting and highly hilarious, that I have ever seen him make.

  4. irishgirl says:

    Way to go, Damian Thompson! That bites deep!

    I wish Dawkins and his kind would ‘get a life’, as my late mother [born in Germany, BTW] would say.

    Though I do like nazareth priest’s words better! Good work, Padre!

  5. Animadversor says:

    Such anger and hatred—I mean Mr. Dawkins, not Mr. Thompson. One wonders what is really the matter. In any case, surely even those who favor his views must be embarassed—I hope.

  6. Jack Hughes says:

    In Britain his hermeneuticalness, Fr Blake, the Bogles and +Niccols are the voices of reason,Warner has his uses but often turns on his own. Damien however is our favorite attack dog, combines savage wit with remarkable restraint.

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