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Dawkins should stop pretending he is God

I take Kevin Myers's word for it when he says in effect that Richard Dawkins is a horrid nice fella and should not be abused by lessor mortals ('Myth of Dawkins', Irish Independent, June 9). But one who pontificates on the beginning of the universe, the nature of life and the existence of God is bound to have people challenging his opinion.

To reduce such people to 'nameless thugs and religious skinheads', as Mr Myers has done, is to devalue public discourse on the issue.

Some of us might not be regarded by Dawkins as the sharpest tools in the box but we are entitled to our view on how the universe originated and whether or not God exists.

A Leavy
Sutton, Dublin 13

Irish Independent