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Professional Atheist Dawkins Now Insulting Muslims

On Monday it was reported that Islamists burned down the Ahmed Baba Institute library.
Professor Richard Dawkins

Professor Richard Dawkins

Atheist-for-hire and Oxford University Professor Richard Dawkins has managed to outrage yet another religion after calling Muslims “barbarians,” the Daily Mail reported.

Dawkins, whose “The God Delusion” declared that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that belief in a personal god qualifies as a delusion (“when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.”), Dawkins was condemning the severe damage caused by Islamist extremists to a sacred library in Timbuktu, Mali, telling his 600,000 Twitter followers on Tuesday: “Like Alexandria, like Bamiyan, Timbuktu’s priceless manuscript heritage destroyed by Islamic barbarians.”

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On Monday it was reported that Islamists burned down the Ahmed Baba Institute library, with its priceless manuscripts and artifacts. The source for the reports was Timbuktu’s mayor Ousmane Halle, who said: “They torched all the important ancient manuscripts. The ancient books of geography and science. It is the history of Timbuktu, of its people.”

But a source in the University of Cape Town insisted on Wednesday that the extremists had only had time to damage or steal a few manuscripts, before they were forced out of Timbuktu.

Timbuktu residents reported that there was no destruction of any library or collection, according to Cape Town U., which has sponsored a modern facility to house the precious manuscripts.

Richard Dawkins is an equal opportunity insultor, and last year U.K. Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks last year condemned a “profoundly anti-Semitic” comment in Professor Dawkins’s “The God Delusion” which likened the God portrayed in Jewish texts to a fictional villain.

Dawkins responded at the time that he was “anti-God,” not “anti-Jewish,” calling Rabbi Sacks accusation “ridiculous.”

Ancient Islamic manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu, Mali.

Ancient Islamic manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu, Mali.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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9 Responses to “Professional Atheist Dawkins Now Insulting Muslims”

  1. Kol hakovod to Dawkins. The late Christopher Hitchens, another a "professional atheist", also told it like it is about Muslim fanaticism.

  2. And btw, R. Sacks' accusation *was* ridiculous.

  3. Yori Yanover says:

    So, the biblical God is a comic book villain?

  4. Mr. Yanover hasn't been paying attention if he thinks Dawkins' attitude towards Muslims is something new.

  5. That's not the point. R. Sacks called Dawkins' statement "profoundly anti-Semitic", which it isn't. It isn't even tritely anti-Semitic.

  6. Matt Kovach says:

    we can insult the jewish faith just as much as the christians or muslims, they're all the same lol.

  7. Richard Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens were not experts on the existence of HaShem. We have seen this all before. They are or were Social Darwinists. Just as Bill Mahr, Communism, and the Nazi Party.
    Who cares what Richard Dawkins says? See repeats on the Science Channel, (170 Warner), a show called the Worm Hole, especially the very show in the series, which is a study on the (scientific) existence of HaShem. Those of us who believe, and those who do not, do not.
    So what?

  8. I AM CALLING FOR A NATIONAL BOYCOTT BY JEWS OF ANY INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST PROGRAM WHERE HATIKAVAH IS INTENTIONALLY EXLUDED DUE TO MUSLIM PRESSURE OR CLERGY WHO SUPPORT THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE. PLEASE GET THE WORD OUT. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG. I have bowed out of the local interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. This is a personal choice and I DO NOT ADVOCATE ANYONE NOT PARTICIPATING IN ANY INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST SERVICE. I INTRODUCED INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST SERVICES IN 1974 AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IF NOT THE FIRST TO DO SO. This was a difficult decision for me based on personal principle. The interfaith Holocaust memorials started as well intentioned way for the Jewish people and other groups to pause and reflect on man's capacity to perpetuate unbelievable cruelty against his fellow and to commiserate as a group and oHolocaust survivors and athers, with the Jews and hopefully prevent this nightmare from reoccurring. Over the years it was understandably modified to include other victims of genocidal mass killings, though these mass killings were not really analogous, as the Nazis were obsessed at not just killing Jews as a competing group, but Hitler desired to eliminate our creed and it's pervasive influence on humanity, particularly Christian doxy. As a result of Muslim participation and twisted liberalism, this is morphing into a twisted canard where Israel is being blamed for perpetuating ethnic killings against the Palestinians as the Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. One can understand the Islamo-Nazis belief system with a quote from the Talmud. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF refugee born in a D.P. camp.

  9. Gil Gilman says:

    Compared to the late Hitchens, Dawkins is a twerp. He is like a televangelist, full of incomplete reasoning, and pronouncements that a mere mathematician like myself can see through readily enough. He is like a voice crying in the wilderness, "Make way for the hucksters, who wish to make a nickel off of you." Let the pipsqueak mutter on with his shallow insights, and wiilingness to stake his reputation on urban legends. It is easy enough to prove the probability of the potential existence of a supreme being even without faith. It is the kinetic aspect that these neanderthal "reasoners" are forever stirring themselves up about. Yes radical islamists are barbarians, and it does not take a genius to make that surmise, but we can hardly call all Moslems barbarians, any more than we can pagans~either dry bones academics, or the animated worshippers about the maypole.

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