Richard Dawkins: 'Islam is the most evil religion in the world'

Richard Dawkins: 'Islam is the most evil religion in the world' June 12, 2017

Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the evolutionary biologist claimed that moderate Muslims were the biggest victims of fanatical Islamic ideology.

It’s tempting to say all religions are bad, and I do say all religions are bad, but it’s a worse temptation to say all religions are equally bad because they’re not. If you look at the actual impact that different religions have on the world it’s quite apparent that at present the most evil religion in the world has to be Islam.

He added:

It’s terribly important to modify that because of course that doesn’t mean all Muslims are evil, very far from it. Individual Muslims suffer more from Islam than anyone else.
They suffer from the homophobia, the misogyny, the joylessness which is preached by extreme Islam, Isis and the Iranian  regime.
So it is a major evil in the world, we do have to combat it, but we don’t do what Trump did and say all Muslims should be shut out of the country. That’s draconian, that’s illiberal, inhumane and wicked.
I am against Islam not least because of the unpleasant effects it has on the lives of Muslims.

His words were reported by the Telegraph on the same day (June 11) that the Guardian carried an op-ed by Sara Khan, above, author of The Battle for British Islam: Reclaiming Muslim Identity from Extremism, who  slammed British authorities for their:

Comatose response to growing religious fundamentalism … We defended the right of extremists to free speech in the belief that the most effective way of undermining them was for us to counter their speech.
This was nice in theory; there was, however, one rather large problem. Apart from a handful of people, no one did counter them. And those who did were promptly labelled ‘Islamophobes’.

Dawkins also made a strong case for religious education, saying it is crucial for British children to understand their history and culture.
He said that it was virtually impossible to study English literature without knowing the background of Christianity.
When asked whether religious studies should be abolished in schools, over fears that schoolchildren were being brainwashed, he said:

I think that it is an important part of our culture to know about the Bible. After all so much of English literature has allusions to the Bible, if you look up the Oxford English Dictionary you find something like the same number of quotations from the Bible as from Shakespeare.
It’s an important part of our history. So much of European history is dominated by disputes against rival religions and you can’t understand history unless you know about the history of the Christian religion and the Crusades and so on.
I would not abolish religions education. I think I would substitute it for comparative religion and Biblical history and religious history.
Comparative religion is very valuable partly because the child learns that there are lots of different religions not just the one they were brought up with. They learn they are all different and they can’t all be right, so maybe none of the are right. Critical thinking is what we need.

However he said it was “deeply wicked” and “evil” to use religion to scare children with warnings of “hell fire”.
Dawkins, who was promoting his new book Science In The Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist, also urged people to stop referring to evolution as a “theory”.
He said it was time to abandon the phrase “theory of evolution” because the word “theory” caused people to think that it was not scientifically proven.

I would recommend not calling it a theory, I would call it a fact. The word theory is clearly misunderstood. Evolution is a fact and there is absolutely no question or doubt about that. Look at the evidence, it is overwhelming.
I’ve given up hope of ever clearing up that confusion. It’s much better to abandon the word ‘theory’ altogether.
Darwin did it because it was the 19th century, fair enough, but it is a fact, it is established as strongly as any other fact in science.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Dawkins report)

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  • Gui

    Peoples shouting “Islamophooooooooobiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” in 3, 2, 1…

  • Paul

    The Theory of Religion.
    Now there’s a thought.

  • Barry Duke

    I have just been ordered via email to remove a post from the Freethinker. The warning was received from a blasphemy watchdog called Treequlhaq International. It says “This URL contains blasphemous Textual, Link and Porn cartoon against Holy Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon Him) and Islam.
    I politely told TI to go fuck themselves.
    Here’s the post

  • L.Long

    ALL religions ARE EVIL!!!
    But as xtians have shown many are BETTER than their BS lying dogma!
    But all religions and ALL dogma, and ALL unquestioned traditions are evil! They are evil at their roots as they start with lies and do not allow questioning them.

  • andym
  • ray metcalfe

    Through out history religion as had a huge influence on the society around it. It is only by understanding its history that the world can see what it as done where it as stuck its evil nose into the life of everyone. It as been used by politicians and in turn used politicians to gain power and influence. This power and influence is used only for one thing to further its own quest for power. All religions teach the same thing. join our club obey our rules based on our particular translation of this ancient book of myths and legends and when you snuff it you will be rewarded.
    Barry I think you where very restrained in your answer to the bunch of deluded brain dead pillocks at TI

  • Paul

    You should have asked them to stop revering and telling us how great ‘was’ a man who married a six year old.
    I wonder how they are foaming at the mouth at the Freethinker! All pent up and frustrated that there is nothing they can do.

  • barriejohn

    Treacle Hack – that’s a good one. “Prevention of Electronic Crimes”:
    I think that tune’ll catch on!

  • Stephen Mynett

    A word of warning for anyone going to the Treequlhaq website, turn the volume down on your computer. I was greeted by the sound of some mad mullah “singing” some shite, probably about the prophet Mohammed (Piss Upon Him).

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    @Barry Duke: So they’re complaining about a post from 2010. Typical, not only is their religion outdated, so are their complaints.

  • Laura Roberts

    I’d offer them a deal: for every year in which there are no Islamist terrorist attacks worldwide, we will remove one post. As much as I’d hate to see any of the posts removed, it seems a small price to pay to save thousands of lives. Sadly, it’s a moot point.

  • Bart

    … Alah …Piss be upon him and his rancorous army of fundamentalist shitehawks. Look at the muslim world and you will see hundreds of millions of beggared, stupefied, whimpering, snivelling, sexually repressed, down trodden, impoverished, under educated, under achieving, irrational losers. If bereft of oil and gas they would have nothing. Guess how many Nobel Prizes for Science have been awarded to muslims. Its pitiful but a guaranteed indicator of the failure of islam. And in its failure islamic fundamentalists can only smash everything up out of jealousy and spite and hate.

  • Bart

    Its not so much as the religion that is evil … its those that use it for power, wealth and control of the masses. Especially those evil bastards who use it for aggressive political agendaof expansion of islam and the establishment of a caliphate to subsume the civilised and successful west. But they will not win. The different factions of islam fully intend to wipe each other from the face of the planet. Islam will implode and fail. There is too much division and hate and violence and bigotry for any constructive positive outcome to be possible. Islam is a death cult and it will die … but only after it has consumed the lives of hundreds of millions of muslim victims. Its just a question of time. I hope its end comes soon.

  • 1859

    @Barry Duke: It’s those fantastic ‘mobomb’ undies wot dun it!!! They should be on sale everywhere!

  • syed

    richard dawkins knows that islam is the religion of the future

  • John the Drunkard

    Substantial numbers of Muslims manage to live as if Islam WEREN’T a death cult. But they have no religious defense against those who do practice a cult of death.
    Xtians face the prospect of a new David Koresh all the time. But currently, they aren’t churning up dozens like him the way Salafist Islam does.
    Few Christians consider slavery morally acceptable. But they have no answer for those who show that the Bible is just fine with it.

  • Lucy

    The only reason xtianity is less vicious and brutal now, is because it lost the power it once had. As I have said, there is a memorial in my town to people burnt alive because they were the wrong type of xtian.
    The only reason. Let’s not forget that.

  • 1859

    Does anyone know how Dawkins is getting on after his mini stroke, as the above photo is clearly from some years ago?
    Personally I would not use the word evil to describe any religion simply because it is using religion’s own vocabulary, which would therefore imply that there exists some extra-terrestrial, maligned force that is solely intent of the utter destruction of our world. However, Islam is without doubt the most violent, pernicious, fanatical, aggressive, intolerant, irrational and totalitarian expression of superstition the human species has ever produced. It is so out-of-place, so dislocated from the reality of our modern world, the fundamentalist fanatics view it as a radical, new way of worshipping some divine ‘entity’, whereas, as many on this site have said, it is all about power, control and the ‘spiritual’ status quo.

  • andym

    “Its not so much as the religion that is evil … its those that use it for power, wealth and control of the masses. ”
    Twas always the way, Bart.Christianity for all its failings, at least started out as a belief system of the dispossessed. Islam was , from its creation, a tool of the political elite, a myth justifying violence against anyone who opposed the ruling class.

  • Lucy

    Christianity was, when it could be, just as vicious and brutal as Islam. Inquisition anyone???
    It is softer now, because it can’t get away with it in Europe at least. Terrible things are done in its name around the world still.

  • Peter Sykes

    Most unusually, I disagree with you on this. Words such as ‘evil’, ‘love’ have been taken over by the religious. We should use them as we see fit.
    BTW: Proff. Dowkins seems to be popping up on the intertubes lately, I think he must ok.

  • Brian Jordan

    Dawkins is definitely reported as saying that he is fine. Some of the reports, though, seem to slyly sort of imply that he is acting as though he is not.
    Although, like anyone else, he’d be wise to give up being a twitterer: no good ever comes of it.

  • Cali Ron

    I used to say tweeting is for twits and then Trump proved it. It seems pointless to try and convey any message with any complexity or nuance in 140 characters. It’s mostly Just brimstone and treacle.

  • Jim Baerg

    Barry: When I click on the link you gave to the post you were ordered to remove, I get a ‘not found’ message.
    FWIW I am in Canada & am using Google Chrome.

  • Barry Duke

    @ Jim Baerg: Link has been fixed. Here it is in full: