Does Dawkins make bigotry sound respectable?

Richard Dawkins may be a fool in the biblical sense but he is not unintelligent so I wonder what his tactic is with his current campaign to get any other but his own views excluded from science teaching in schools.

It sounds to me like he is playing a long game and is aiming at making bigotry sound respectable.

According to the Guardian:

A group of 30 scientists have signed a statement saying it is “unacceptable” to teach creationism and intelligent design, whether it happens in science lessons or not. The statement claims two organisations, Truth in Science and Creation Ministries International are “touring the UK and presenting themselves as scientists and their creationist views as science”.

“Creationism and intelligent design are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as scientific theories by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly funded schools,” the scientists say.

“There should be enforceable statutory guidance that they may not be presented as scientific theories in any publicly funded school of whatever type.”

I just heard Dawkins on Radio4 defending his stance. I noticed that one of his tactics was to talk over the person putting an opposing view. He always sounds so hateful and bigoted to me.

I am with Kevin McKenna in his article, ‘Why I’m proud to be a Christian and a socialist’, when he says:

This time last year, the eminent scientist Richard Dawkins and his acolytes took to the streets of London to vilify Pope Benedict. This was the culmination of a campaign of hate using the sort of language that would have seen him rightly incarcerated if he had been hurling it at Muslims or Gypsies. In neoliberal socialism we are all equal, but some are less equal than others.

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