Pharyngula

Why, what a vile little man

I speak of Dinesh D’Souza, who seems to have noticed that his creepy and dishonest tirade against atheists won him some attention, so now he has upped the ante, and gotten even creepier and more dishonest.

Start with the title: “Dawkins’ Message to Mourners–Get Over It!”. That sounds as if he is reporting that Dawkins has said something horribly callous directly to the grieving families, doesn’t it? Well, no … all we actually have in this article from Richard Dawkins is a quote from his book, River Out of Eden(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), published in the mid-90s.

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.

Which is all quite true; I don’t see the universe rising up to offer consolation to the families who have lost people they loved, or even better, magically blocking the bullets that have caused so much pain. I also don’t see Dawkins offering this unpleasant fact of reality as funeral oratory, much less telling the families to “get over it.”

So D’Souza has concocted an article entirely out of a lie. Is anyone surprised?

This also won’t be a surprise. D’Souza thinks atheists believe tragedies are occasions to say “c’est la vie“, and that he has the answer.

Only God seems to have the power to heal hearts in such circumstances.

God will do nothing. He did nothing during the killings, he will not be at the funeral, he won’t come to parents weeping home alone. People will come together and cope, but those are wounds that will never really heal. There are no magic words that will make the loss of someone we cared about go away, and if there were, if there were something that would make us forget or become indifferent to such grief, would we want it?

After bumbling his way through more hateful stereotypes, D’Souza closes with a question.

I really want to hear what the atheist would tell the grieving mothers.

Hmmm. Something like, “I’m sorry. I wish I could help you bear your loss. Is there anything I can do to help?”

You know, some expression of regret and commisseration, and an offer of a shoulder to lean on. Like any other decent human being would.

Something D’Souza would find unfamiliar.

Or perhaps, if someone like Dawkins were asked to speak at the funeral of a friend, we could actually look at what he said in those circumstances. It doesn’t seem to have been “c’est la vie” or “get over it!” or anything quite so brusque and unfeeling.


Andy finds another example of D’Souza’s idiocy. Why would a loving god allow such horrors?

But perhaps God’s purpose in the world (I am only thinking aloud here) is to draw his creatures to him. And you have to admit that tragedies like this one at Virginia Tech help to do that!

Brilliant! I’m going to draw my family together in unity and shared awe by taking a ball-peen hammer to the cats. A bloody tragedy is just the thing to get us all joining hands in love.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    April 20, 2007

    If this idiot, who actually dated Coulter

    Am I glad I’m capable of laughing without opening my mouth!

    “Watch the monkey” …

    Do you mean the Chewbacca Defense? “Look at the monkey. Look at the silly monkey!”