Sunday 23 November 2014

Author gets 'tsunami of hate' over rape view

Ryan Hooper

Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30

Professor Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins

SCIENTIST Richard Dawkins has caused a 'tsunami of hate' when he attempted to make a logical point by describing some rapes as "worse" than others.

The author used tweets to demonstrate his point that while one type of offending was worse than another, he didn't condone either.

Professor Dawkins initially said: "X is bad. Y is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of X, go away and don't come back until you've learned how to think logically."

But he drew criticism from Twitter users when he substituted the unknowns for rape and paedophilia.

He wrote: "Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think anybody who said that would thereby be endorsing date rape, go away and learn how to think."

He added: "Mild pedophilia (sic) is bad. Violent pedophilia is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of mild pedophilia, go away and learn how to think." Dawkins, pictured, retweeted messages of support from his followers.

But others criticised 'The God Delusion' author for appearing to demonstrate insensitivity to rape victims.

Dawkins then composed a blog post in which he described the episode. He wrote: "I was only talking logic, with no desire to make light of the seriousness of any kind of rape or any kind of paedophilia. And the hypothetical comparisons that illustrated my logical point could, in all cases, be reversed without in any way changing the validity of the logic."

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