Reported By: Britt L
Famed atheist and author of “The God Delusion” and “An Appetite for Wonder” Richard Dawkins has made some startling statements in regards to p*edophilia and how the unspeakable acts with children really do no harm to the victim.
Dawkins, who was s-xually abused at the age of 11 by his art teacher, told Times Magazine last week that abuse like he and his classmates suffered did “no lasting harm,” and that “mild p-dophilia” or “touching up” should not be classified as child abuse or any other harsh s-xual crime.
The controversial author stated in the interview that he and his classmates were fondled before they even hit puberty. The man who abused him and his friends even abused older men that he knew.
“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours,” explained Dawkins.
“Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild p-dophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,” said Dawkins.
Victims’ rights groups were livid with Dawkins’ beliefs.
Director of child protection at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Peter Watt said Dawkins’ remarks were “a terrible slight” to victims of childhood abuse.
“Mr. Dawkins seems to think that because a crime was committed a long time ago we should judge it in a different way,” said Watt.
“But we know hat the victims of s-xual abuse suffer the same effects, whether it was 50 years ago or yesterday.”
“Abuse in all its forms has always been wrong. Evil is evil and we have to challenge it whenever and wherever it occurs,” exclaimed Peter Saunders, founder for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.
Angered readers on social networks expressed their disbelief in Dawkins’ comments, which led him to debunk his statements via internet.
“Mild touching up is bad. R*ping 8-year-old wife to death is worse. Quantitative judgement vs. black/white,” read Dawkins’ status.
He continued asking the public, “Is anyone seriously denying that r*ping an 8-year-old to death is worse than putting a hand inside a child’s clothes? Are you that ABSOLUTE?”
Dawkins’ is notorious for his bizarre antics. In his book, “The God Delusion”, Dawkins argued that raising children in a Catholic home is more abusive than m*lestation.
In an interview on Al Jazeera, Dawkins explained that one of his friends was abused by a priest at a young age and was not affected by it. But when she was taught about hell in the Catholic church, the lesson stuck with her forever and did more harm than good for her.
“She told me of those two abuses, she got over the physical abuse; it was yucky but she got over it,” Dawkins said. “But the mental abuse of being told about Hell, she took years to get over.”