……the atheist commentator Richard Dawkins.
Tell Mama have started flapping their forked tongues at Mr Richard Dawkins the famous atheist commentator. They have accused him of using ‘lazy stereotypes’ when discussing Islam. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Here we have a bunch of proven dissemblers and mountebanks in the form of Tell Mama, lecturing Mr Dawkins on honesty in language. The sheer bloody front of them. They are seriously pissed off with the fact that Mr Dawkins has told some cold hard truths about the ideology of Islam, and especially how Islam treats women, and Tell Mama have predictably tried to smear Mr Dawkins as ‘racist’.
Tell Mama said:
“Or take the following tweets:
Dawkins tweet infers that in the 1970′s, Afghan women used to dress as in the picture which he tweeted out. He states, “On international Women’s Day, how can anyone stand up and defend this loathsome religion.” By loathsome religion, he meant Islam, though let’s go back again to the facts. Dawkins blames Islam for the current state of social affairs of women in Afghanistan. He mentions nothing of the international interventionism for over a decade in the Cold War that fed fundamentalist groups who were used as proxies in the war against the Soviet Union. Indeed Ahmed Rashid’s books on the Taliban outline clearly the proxy war that fed arms to extreme groups in Afghanistan which destabilized the country and plunged it into an arena of constant war. Nor does Dawkins seem to clarify, if we want to take a rational and analytical approach to the social roles of women in Afghanistan, those Muslim female campaigners in Afghanistan who risk their lives daily to fight for women’s rights whilst praying 5 times a day and holding their own as believing Muslims in some of the most difficult of circumstances. But hey, who can reflect on that whilst sitting in the peaceful, scenic and easy lifestyle of Oxford and its dreamy spires, huh Richard?”
Note the obfuscation and the personal attack on Mr Dawkins from Tell Mama and the shifting of blame for the conditions of women from the Islamic nutcases that took the country over and instead placing all blame on the fact that Afghanistan was the site of a Cold War proxy conflict. The conflict there does have a bearing on the condition of Afghan women’s rights. However it is by no means the whole story and that the ideology of Islam must take its share of the blame, which I believe is the lions share, for the fact that women are treated like dirt in Afghanistan.
Here we see Tell Mama trying to smear Mr Dawkins as a ‘racist’ and trying to imply guilt by association:
“Re-tweeting Material from Sympathisers of Virulently Anti-Islamic ‘Counter-Jihadi’ Groups
The most disturbing element of Dawkins Twitter conversation was the following.
We have written about this group before through a posting on the TELL MAMA site which can be found here. However, remember the tweet from earlier where Dawkins suggests that someone is racist and that arguments are won on their merits? Well, here is the founder of the Group, (Liberty GB), a man called Paul Weston. Before we move onto Paul Weston, what is clear is that yesterday Dawkins re-tweeted material from a sympathiser of a nationalistic, race based, ‘Counter-Jihad,’ anti-Islamic group which has also been highlighted by Hope Not Hate through this excellent background material on the ‘Counter-Jihad’ Network.”
What Tell Mama have patently failed to note before they embarked on their rant was to notice the words ‘.racism is not accepted’ on the header page of DICS131294. How did they miss that? Were they blinded by their own hatred of an opposing point of view? Or where they so desperate to ‘racialise’ the matter and thereby increase the smear on Richard Dawkins.? My personal opinion is that TM have become desperate to make themselves look good. Since losing the majority of their public funding they have been reduced to scrabbling round in the bowels of the internet mining for something that they can either be offended by or use to smear others. I carry no brief for LibertyGB, I’m not sure even that someone with my views would be at all welcome within it, but really, pointing to one individual person’s association with one of Tell Mama’s designated ‘hate’ groups and using that to try to discredit Richard Dawkins, is really showing desperation on the part of TM.
No matter how much Tell Mama whine and stamp their feet and threaten to send their bent police mates or terrorist-representing lawyers round, it is a fact that cannot be escaped from that life for many, many women in Islamic societies and cultures is pretty damn awful. The first world problems of the Western feminists are light years away from women who have to deal with a psychotically patriarchal Islamic society where you or your sister or your daughter could be beaten, burned, sold or killed at any moment.
To conclude, I’m not Richard Dawkins’s number one fan,because I believe religion does not have to mean, or turn into, oppression or closed-mindedness. However I will defend Mr Dawkins completely when he describes Islam as ‘a loathsome religion’. A brief examination of Islamic cultures will quickly tell almost any sentient and thinking person that Islam is indeed a loathsome way to run a nation or a culture.
Tell Mama’s attack on Richard Dawkins