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.
– Richard Dawkins on Pope Ratzinger
Richard Dawkins is a fine scientist and brilliant writer of all things evolutionary. But as a political/religious thinker, the man is somewhat of a bore. His militant atheism clouds his otherwise excellent judgment and he seems to work himself up over any God related topic.
While I think the Catholic Church has much to be ashamed of, describing it as a ‘rotten edifice’ and a ‘child raping institution’ goes one step too far if you ask me. Giant institutions are always guilty of a multitude of crimes, but they often do good as well. The US government has been responsible for genocide, slavery and countless illegal wars. Yet it also provides welfare for the poor, schools for children, and protects our drinking water. The Catholic Church has admittedly committed and covered up horrendous crimes, but it also advocates for the poor, the weak, and the environment. The Catholic Church opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has done much good in bringing relief to victims of our military excursions.
Dawkins always seems to wade knee deep into religious arguments hurling abuse at the other side without looking at the big picture. Religion is not the spawn of all evil, as Dawkins would have everyone think, as humans are wont to choose a wide variety of belief systems and ideologies (capitalism, socialism, nationalism, atheism, liberalism etc). Humans fight other humans over land, identity and politics of which religion is merely a subset.
While he occasionally makes a good point, Dawkins should stick to the science. It’s a lot more fun.
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