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Yes, you're right there I think. Dawkins use of certain language is more then some people can take. But I think he's right to speak as he does, and has the perfect right to do so.
In somewhere like Saudi Arabia, no doubt he would be languishing in prison somewhere, along with others who have spoken agaisnt religion.
Fortunately, we live in a more liberal society.
The problem is that to use plain english, the infection of religion goes right to the top of the social order. Thus we have Blair saying we are all 'children of abraham' and so on. It clearly pricks people who either believe or pose themselves as believers to have someone say they are delusional.
Instead, we're fed the politically correct line that we must respect the beliefs of others.
My view is that whilst we should respect all human beings, we don't have to respect their views if we think they are frankly wrong and dangerous.
And given the intensity of religious programming which people are sometimes subjected to, I think it is necessary, esp in this day and age, to sate your case clearly and un-equivocally.
I would guess that Dawkins is actually being deliberately provacative - as he sees the danger of religion in the present day, the enormous potential it has to be the source of ongoing division, strife and war, as well as a block to social progress.
We need to have a bigger public debate about this. I think Dawkins is trying to bring that about.
Completely agree again. There should be no belief or position that is not open to critical examination. So, while as you said we should try to respect all people - there beliefs on any matter, be they scientific, political or religious should be open to question by anyone at any time.
I also agree that Dawkins talks as he does to attempt to drag this issue more into the public spotlight. In fact he may even present himself purposefully as the extreme end of the scale in order to inspire more attention for the subject. However from what Dawkins has said on air and in print, I have never come across any words that are not justified, or that he does not provide adequate enough reason for using.