I was hoping that, if I absolutely had to reactivate this Tumble-tron after its long quiet spell, it would be for something quaintly amusing. But in this Post-Having-Nice-Things world, it looks like the occasion for its re-animation must instead be … graphic violence and Islamophobia.
Click to read, if you really want, but honestly, the spectacle of a former public intellectual descending to the realm of an adolescent YouTube shock jock is just not worth it.
Richard Dawkins does not care about LGBTQ people. The atheist dudebros laughing at liberals do not care about LGBTQ people. The Christian alt-right who consistently points out what ISIS is doing to gay men does not care about LGBTQ people. Are parts of the Middle East […] a human rights dumpster fire right now?
Yes. Do those abuses intersect with extremist Islam? Also yes. I assure you, the LGBTQ community knows what’s happening in the Middle East right now. We know because these are our people.
We are the ones fighting the Muslim travel ban because most of the LGBTQ people in fear of their lives are Muslims. We are the ones comforting and encouraging anonymous LGBTQ youth in the Middle East on online forums. We are the ones helping (or donating money to [help]) LGBTQ refugees from extremist Islam settle and assimilate in safer nations. We are the ones who have to explain to most of them what new obstacles
they’ll face in the West for being LGBTQ, brown-skinned, and Muslim. So excuse us if your gleeful giggling at graphic photos of the murders
of our LGBTQ brothers disgusts us rather than invigorates us. Richard Dawkins has not told the LGBTQ community a damn thing we don’t
know. He’s reminded us that the hate and disgust is on all sides. If you (like Dawkins) only tweet about LGBTQ oppression as a ‘gotcha!’
to put down the Left, don’t you ever pretend our lives matter to you.
We are not your prop. We are not your anti-Muslim porn. We are not your meme. So sit down and shape up.
Let me explain to the not-so-fine folks on the NECSS board why
Richard Dawkins is such a divisive figure, and why giving him his talk
back and asking him to be on a panel to discuss the issues “causing
conflict both within the skeptical community and within society as a
whole” is basically spitting in the faces of those of us who are trying
very, very hard to end the abuses that are causing those conflicts.
Here is a brief history of Richard Dawkins being awful, pulled from
my own archives, and therefore in no way comprehensive, because the man
is a firehose of terrible statements and I have better things to do than
spend 100% of my time trying to catalogue all his fuckery.
Dear Ms Blumner, the fact is that Richard Dawkins’ Twitter feed has
become a source of power for those who wish to silence and harass
minority voices in the atheist and feminist communities and beyond. His
comments on abortion and Down syndrome, rape, pedophilia, Islamism, feminism,people with disabilities,white privilege and social justice
are not “something that is pretty tame if you unpack it.” His comments
are divisive, incendiary and out-right damaging to already muffled
voices hoping to to be heard and wishing to be part of a community.
There are plenty of more tweets I could link to- including ones he has recently deleted, but quite frankly this topic has gotten tired don’t you think?
Richard Dawkins used to support and publicize my writing. Once I started
criticizing him, he stopped. It made a serious dent in my income. And
criticizing Dawkins and other powerful atheists for sexism, racism, etc.
led to years of harassment, threats of rape and death — which is still