Atheist scientist Richard Dawkins recently released his latest book, “Science in the Soul”. He spoke to Laura Ingraham on Fox News, who filled in for Tucker Carlson. Ingraham asked him about how he was disinvited by a Berkeley, California, radio station that had invited him to discuss his book and his atheist principles. The radio station cancelled him because of his supposedly “abusive” and “hurtful” stance on Islam.
Dawkins told Ingraham as to his criticism of Islam, “I’m an equal opportunity religion basher.” He said, “I’ve been criticizing all religion — mostly Christianity — for years. And you can do that as much as you’d like with the Regressive Left. As soon as you criticize any aspect of Islam, they come down on you like a ton of bricks. Why they have this double standard is a big mystery.”
Ingraham asked Dawkins to explain the nature of the apparent double standard applied to Islam, as opposed to Christianity, by the “regressive” left. He said, “I don’t know why this is. I mean, I don’t think that they’re frightened of getting their heads [cut] off if they let me on. I think, more probably, they mistakenly think that Islam is a race, and therefore, they think that anybody who criticizes Islam must in some sense be racist. I mean, it’s bizarre but I believe that must be at least a subconscious motif.”
In the interview, Dawkins identified himself as a leftist.
In the past, Dawkins has been accused of bigotry directed especially at Christians. An evolutionary biologist, Dawkins is the author of several books, including bestseller “The God Delusion”. Active in debates on atheism, he has been criticized however by atheist philosopher John Gray who denounced him as an “anti-religious missionary” who is neither novel nor original. In the segment, Ingraham -- a Catholic -- told Dawkins she would pray for him.