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The Telegraph really hates Richard Dawkins

From today’s Telegraph:

He has railed against the evils of religion, and lectured the world on the virtues of atheism.

Now Richard Dawkins, the secularist campaigner against “intolerance and suffering”, must face an awkward revelation: he is descended from slave owners and his family estate was bought with a fortune partly created by forced labour.

One of his direct ancestors, Henry Dawkins, amassed such wealth that his family owned 1,013 slaves in Jamaica by the time of his death in 1744.

Must be short of some real news. I’ve written to the Telegraph as follows:

If Richard Dawkins’ ancestors were slave owners, they were only following a biblical example.

Leviticus 25:44-46 – “However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land.  You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.”


Is a Humanist Movement a bad idea?

In response to the article in the latest Newsletter, ‘Replicating the social functions of religious organisations’.

Firstly, a quick nod to Margaret.
Margaret, I see you often end forum posts and have signed-off the most recent Newsletter with an appeal for more activity.
I haven’t (as yet) attended any of the Suffolk Humanist meetings and (until now) haven’t really posted on the forums with any conviction. This doesn’t mean I’m shy or less than a committed Humanist. I (I’m sure like many others) occasionally browse the website and read the Newsletter with enthusiasm.