Monday, July 21, 2014

Richard Dawkins Says "Mild Pedophilia" Does No Harm

Scientist and atheist campaigner, Richard Dawkins, says it was “no harm, no foul” when a school master pulled young Dawkins onto his lap, shoved his hands down the boy’s pants and fondled him.

“Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called ‘mild pedophilia,’ which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes ‘lasting harm.’

“Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters ‘pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,’ and that to condemn this ‘mild touching up’ as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair.

“’I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism. I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,’ he said.

“Plus, he added, though his other classmates also experienced abuse at the hands of this teacher, ‘I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.’”

MoS, the Disaffected Lib


  1. This guy really is a tad off. He gives atheism a bad name.

  2. If we were to follow Dawkins' logic, Mound, I suppose that we should also excuse the Church's coverup of priests preying on children in the past, given that the clergy occupied a special position of authority in days gone by. As well, guess the same would apply to the residential schools trying to correct and assimilate 'the savages.'

  3. Professor Dawkins, meet Professor Flanagan.