JAIPUR: Richard Dawkins
- scientist, bestselling author and the world's foremost atheist- comes
across as mild-mannered and genial but doesn't believe in pulling his
punches. He certainly didn't on Monday at the Jaipur Lit Fest as he
blasted the "lamentable disgrace" of Salman Rushdie's enforced absence.
He also launched a broadside against the "virus of faith", and said he
looked forward to the "complete death of organized religion" in his
"Far too much sympathy is shown to people who claim to
be motivated by religion - sympathy that would not be shown to people
acting from mere prejudice. I have a problem with Santa Claus, baby
Jesus and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, but I can't act on this
without being held accountable. I may, on grounds of taste, want to
murder a TV personality, but I can hardly do so. And yet, it seems it is
somehow acceptable for someone to act without accountability simply
because his religious sentiments have been hurt," said Dawkins.
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