Saturday, 2 August 2014

Dear prisoners of conscience...

Stop whining, will you. Yes, yes, I know you've been imprisoned by an oppressive regime simply for doing what you thought was morally right, and . . . yawn . . . don't tell me yet again, I know you've been tortured, and your family has been threatened, and your workplace raided and colleagues arrested, and you might just 'disappear' forever at any moment. But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor British atheist brothers have to put up with.

Only this week I heard of one, he calls himself Richard Dawkins, and do you know what happened to him? Some people on Twitter criticised him for something he tweeted. I am not exaggerating. They  really did. They said "your a dick" and some of them wrote blog posts about him, like witch hunters or Inquisitors or Orwell's Thought Police (still not exaggerating!). Of course he blocked many of them and wrote blog responses of his own, one of them in the Huffington Post, but even so...

And you, you journalists and activists, think you have human rights violations to complain about! For goodness sake grow up, or at least grow a thicker skin.

Mike

In reference to this and this.



1 comment:

Bewildered Ape said...

Poor Dawkins is so misunderstood.

It's outrageous how people have criticized Dawkins' comments. He adequately justifies his statement after the fact.

He explains to us that his tweet was in fact the opening of a deep and profound philosophical discussion about rape ethics, that he hoped to conduct in the awkward and impractical forum of twitter. Anyone who approached his comments with this hindsight, would have known in advance that his convoluted reasons for comparing types of rape is based in logic.

Typically, emotional reactionaries took his tweets at face value. Shame on you for taking his statements as ridiculously thoughtless statements. Don't you know that we should always assume Professor Dawkins is rational.