Richard Dawkins is an atheist philosopher and vocal critic of religions. He works to promote science, skepticism, rationality, and secular humanist thought. Unfortunately, recently Richard Dawkins’ criticism of Islam has increasingly been sliding into plain old bigotry – not based upon any sound scientific or any empirical evidence, which he claims to be a proud advocate of. On twitter, Richard Dawkins says
Richard Dawkins suggests the rise of Islamist terrorists is due to the Muslims’ ‘failure in science, engineering, medicine’. This is about as logical as George W. Bush, who once proclaimed terrorism was a result of them hating America for ‘our freedom’. There are many theories behind the rise of terrorism and terrorist experts attribute it to injustices in the foreign policy of America and other western nations. Robert Pape, a terrorism expert, cites that what is often considered ‘Islamic terrorism’ by Muslims, actually has secular motivations. He writes:
‘The central fact is that overwhelmingly suicide-terrorist attacks are not driven by religion as much as they are by a clear strategic objective: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland. From Lebanon to Sri Lanka to Chechnya to Kashmir to the West Bank, every major suicide-terrorist campaign—over 95 percent of all the incidents—has had as its central objective to compel a democratic state to withdraw.’ 
In this quote, Richard Dawkins believes the superiority of a culture can be determined by a scientific, technological and materialistic paradigm such as advances in engineering and medicine.
Interestingly enough, the Islamic have a long and a proud history of contributions to science and medicine as noted by Adam Smith:
“…the empire of the Caliphs [Muslims] seems to have been the first state under which the world enjoyed that degree of tranquillity which the cultivation of the sciences requires. It was under the protection of those generous and magnificent princes that the ancient philosophy and astronomy of the Greeks were restored and established in the East; that tranquillity, which their mild, just and religious government diffused over their vast empire, revived the curiosity of mankind to inquire into the connecting principles of nature.” *
But the ideal that a culture’s superiority is determined by their engineering or materialistic contributions is an ideal specific to white supremacist ideology. Indeed, since the beginning of European expansion, white people have always believed they were superior to the nations they conquered— Africans, Native Americans, and Australian Aborigines – due to their advanced technology and science and people of colors lack thereof. The Eurocentric paradigm has always defined ‘progress’ as more construction and more technology. Nations that weren’t technologically advanced were deemed as ‘primitive’ and worthy of being conquered. Yet, white people never realized that this constant construction of technology and progress being obtained by building more and more useless things was actually destroying the environment. White secular scientific society not Islam has allowed for the destruction of this plated via nuclear bombs and now global warming. This is not progress.
Moreover, while scientists in western societies have come up with cures for diseases, due to the capitalist nature of western governments they never practice preventable care. Instead, pharmaceutical companies profit off of sicknesses, diseases, and withhold cures all in the name of profit. In America, some African-American ghettos are left to die from preventable diseases all due to institutional racism that runs rampant in the health-care system. So what good is it to spend money, researching cures for diseases, when such medicine isn’t even available to the majority of the population? What good is your medicine when the social structure your society is organized around ensures non-white minority communities won’t have access to it?
Richard Dawkins also states:
Richard Dawkins seems to believe that the only way for someone to be recognized as a legitimate contributor to science is when Nobel Prizes are handed to them by a primarily white led committee. Few women have received a Nobel prize when compared to men. Does this mean women are inferior to men? Of course not, the European colonial nations colonized Muslims in a violent manner—that is the reason they lag behind in science and the emphasis on the Nobel Prizes to ‘prove’ that one’s contributions is both Eurocentric and racist. Muslims were contributing to science long before there was such a thing as a Nobel Prizes. One author in explaining a great irony in Richard Dawkins anti-Islamic views wrote:
“The very paper he writes his atheist diatribes on came to Europe via Islamic hands, the Greeks he builds his arguments on was preserved via Muslim philosophy. And the garbage he should throw his work into came via the Islamic impetus that gave birth to the European renaissance.”
To have a valid comparison Richard Dawkins suggest we subtract awards handed for Peace Prizes.
If one were to use this same method on the Black community, they would discover only one Black person has won a Nobel Prize in an area other than peace and literature. Should white supremacists now use this methodology to prove how inferior black people are? It would be a flawed one considering Black Muslims have been contributing to science long before a group of white men decided to give out nobel prizes for it.
Prior to slavery, West Africa was home to some of the richest and most prosperous civilizations in the world. The Kingdom of Mali was the intellectual center of the world at the time— a black Islamic Kingdom, home to Timbuktu University. Manuscripts were found indicating that these black scholars discovered the rotation of the planets long before their western counter-parts and made significant discoveries in astrology, geology, mathematics, physics, and many other areas. In addition to Mali, there was also Songhai, Ghana and Jenne – a civilization that performed eye cataracts surgery during medieval times.
Concerning some of these manuscripts, Michael Palin writes that the Kingdom of Mali
“has a collection of scientific texts that clearly show the planets circling the sun. They date back hundreds of years . . . Its convincing evidence that the scholars of Timbuktu knew a lot more than their counterparts in Europe. In the fifteenth century in Timbuktu the mathematicians knew about the rotation of the planets, knew about the details of the eclipse, they knew things which we had to wait for 150 almost 200 years to know in Europe when Galileo and Copernicus came up with these same calculations and were given a very hard time for it.”[3
A Black Muslim scholar named Al-Jahiz theorized an earlier version of the theory of evolution long before Charles Darwin who seems to be Richard Dawkins Idol.
After a long study of animals, Al-Jahiz was the first to put forward his view of biological evolution in his Book ofAnimals, which contains the germs of many later evolutionary theories (animal embryology, evolution, adaptation, animal psychology and sociology) "11".First of all, al-Jahiz’s attempts were made in a truly scientific spirit to classifV animals in a linear series, beginning with the simplest and continuing to the most complex; and at the same time, he arranged them into groups having marked similarities; and these groups were divided into sub-groups to trace the ultimate unit in the species "4
Next Richard Dawkins suggest Steven Pinker should receive a Nobel prize for literature.
Steven Pinker, published a euroentric book entitled ,'The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined' suggesting that since the rise of western hegemony violence has been in decline. The book is nothing more than an apologetic for western imperialism. In reality, the world has been less violent to white people but people of color every day face gratuitous violence.
This is the man who Richard Dawkins believes should receive an award for his eurocentric publications. Richard Dawkins believes the only way one can make valid contributions to science is if it is approved by a white led committee who hands out awards. IF not, he will continue to portray an entire group of people as violent brutes who make no contributions to society. This is the ideology of white supremacy!
“There is no God,” – Karl Marx
“God love us Hood Niggas, Cause Next to Jesus on the cross was the Crook Niggas and the killers. God love us hood niggas, Cause on the streets is the hood niggas.”—Nas
“There’s no God.” – Richard Dawkins
“How many caskets must we witness before we see it’s hard to live this life without God? So we must ask forgiveness.” –Tupac
“There’s no evidence for such a God.” – Sam Harris
“God Is Not Great.” Christopher Hitchens
“I put my faith in God.”—Tupac
“There is no heaven.”—Stephen Hawkins
“I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto.” Tupac
God. There are those that wake in the early dawn to remove themselves from their comfortable beds just for the sake of praising God; there are those among humanity who every Sunday attend church to praise God in their own unique way, sometimes crying and pleading to God. Entire groups of people across many faiths claim to live their entire lives for the sake of pleasing their God. According to a Gallup poll, the African-American community was the least likely group to identify as atheist and the most likely ethnic group to proclaim religion plays an important part of their life.
African-American Christians gather in their churches singing songs dedicated to loving God. Their faces are filled with smiles and joy as they dance and praise. Entire songs have been dedicated to the Prophet Jesus in heart-touching songs. Yolanda Adams sings, “There is a name that is so precious, A name so wonderful to me. This name is worthy of all praises. Because of him, I am made free. That name is Jesus, oh how I love him.” Going to Church on Sunday is an integral of many Christian African-Americans lives.
The same zeal African-American Christians have for Jesus can be found among African-American Muslims. In fact, there are more African-American Muslims than Arab-American Muslims. In a video, a black woman who converted to Islam stated concerning Prophet Muhammad, “In class they said he was a crazy arab man who went around with a sword and threatening people. He was not introduced to me. The only thing I knew about Muhammad was this thing about 622 hirja to pass our exams.” She continues as she begins smiling and crying tears of joy, “After I learned about him, what else can I say? Sometimes I can’t wait for death to come because this is what separates me inshallah [Arabic For God-Willing] from seeing him in reality. What can I say about Prophet Muhammad?… I don’t possess those words.”
The Neo-Atheist Movement
Then there are those who look at this with mockery, arguing that, “God is made up, a figment of the imagination and a great source of tyranny and oppression in the world.” People who subscribe to this school of belief would claim this woman is mad and insane. They say humanity would be better off without any belief in God, often mocking, ridiculing, and joking about God. They equate the belief in God with abhorrent mockeries, such as, “The Flying Spaghetti Monster.” “There is equal evidence for God as the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” they audaciously say.”
Richard Dawkins expounded such beliefs in his book, ‘The God Delusion’ where he argued that God not only does not exist but the belief of his existence has led to mass amounts of evil in the world. Christopher Hitchens expounds similar beliefs in a much more rhetorically provocative book, “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” Atheism refers to the belief that there is no God. Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins all speak of believers in religion as being intellectually inferior and deluded while they are rational. They claim that they’ve developed their beliefs based upon ‘logic,’ ‘science,’ and reason.
Belief in God
According to a poll, over half of all scientists believe in a “Higher Power.” So being a scientist does not necessarily equate with disbelief in God. In fact, where we see disbelief in God is mainly within sociology, which consists of various pseudo-sciences in fields such as women’s and gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, and other social sciences. They are essentially pseudo-scientific ideals with political agendas.
In fact, human civilizations independent of each other came up with the concept of God. In the world today, an estimated 97% of humanity professes belief in God although their conception of God or god(s) may differ from each other.
Globally, as far as archeologists are concerned there exists monotheism indigenously among Africans, Asians, Arabians and many other parts of the world who developed the concepts independently of each other. Why is this? A study entitled ‘The Cognition, Religion and Theology Project,’ led by Dr. Justin Barrett, gives the answers. The conclusion of the study discovered that infants are born with an innate belief in God and in an afterlife. Perhaps this is why, even Richard Dawkins in a debate when he was unable to answer a question, remarked, “OH GOD,” as he began thinking of an answer .
In terms of human civilizations promoting atheism, the act simply did not exist anywhere until the 20th century (until the rise of Communism as an ideology). Many communists, such as Lenin, Stalin, and Mao-Tsung, tried for years to wipe out religion believing it to be the opium of the masses, and yet it was all in vain; their people continued to hold onto their belief in God and the supernatural. In Chechnya, under communist control, atheism was openly taught as the state religion and widely promoted. Yet, despite all of that, the people of Chechnya are among the most devout and faithful adherents of Islam in the world. Russia, in general, despite years of communist indoctrination openly proclaiming there to be no God, still remains a mostly Christian nation. All of this suggests that belief in God is something innate among humans.
The reality is, it is an extremely rare occurrence among humanity. No matter how much militant atheist authors attempt to portray believers as irrational and illogical, it is in fact their beliefs which are abnormal, and an extremely rare occurrence among humanity.
The truth is, it atheism is an extremely rare occurrence among humanity. No matter how much militant atheist authors attempt to portray believers as irrational and illogical, it is in fact their beliefs which are abnormal, illogical, and an extremely rare occurrence among humanity.
Why is Atheism so Prevalent in European Intellectual Traditions?
When we look at world history, there exists no major atheistic intellectual movements within Africa, East Asia, Arabia or the Americas. In Timbuktu, science and religion existed side-by-side. The religion of Islam brought the Arabians out of savagery into civilization. Thomas Carlyle wrote:
“how one man single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades.”
Europe however had a different history. They experienced what is called the ‘dark ages’. Rome colonized Northern Europe in places such as Britain. When the Roman Empire fell, northern Europe simply descended to their pre-Roman mannerisms. Europeans call this a “dark age.” The Dark Ages is always discussed as a global decline in science with an increase in religious superstition. The truth is, the rest of the world was not in the Dark Ages; the Muslim civilization in Asia and Africa were thriving with religion and science existing side by side. The Dark Ages exclusively applies to Western Europe because these people never had their own civilization to begin with. It is pure cultural arrogance of Europeans to think the entire world was in a Dark Age simply because they were not in a state of civilization.
Yet, Europeans like to lump their entire civilization and culture as some monolithic “Western Civilization” Ancient Britain, Germany, France have an entire different history than Greece and Rome. To use “Western Civilization” to refer to the various nations in Europe and their colonies, such as America, is a Eurocentric fantasy.
For example, Gauls were enemies of Rome. Rome and Greece both consider Germanics a barbaric people and did not even consider them to be human. Greek geographer Strabo wrote:
“Concerning this island, I have nothing further to tell except that its inhabitants are more savage than the Britons, since they are man-eater they count it an honorable thing, when their fathers die, to devour them, and openly to have intercourse with their mothers and sisters.”
Aristotle wrote, “The races that live in Europe are full of courage and passion but somewhat lacking in skill and brain power.” Northern Europeans would not leave the Dark Ages until the influence of the Moors, an Arab and African Muslim group that would work to preserve and translate Greek and Roman documents. One thing Europeans learned from Muslims was how to live and structure societies according to a common ideal. Northern Europeans were then introduced to scholasticism, reason, logic, and science. Professor Thomas Arnold stated, “If it weren’t for Islamic Spain and Islam we would not have the renaissance or the scientific revolution.” It is from this that Europe began to actually have an intellectual heritage and enter the enlightenment or age of reason. But Always remembering the stain that religion served to regress them during the Dark Ages, they began to go even so far as to deny God’s very existence remembering the repressive nature of the Catholic Church. Europeans have been psychologically mortified from the dark ages; that is the real source of their atheism.
Nietzsche, the German philosopher, proclaimed, “God is Dead,” asserting that Christianity – the religion of the Roman Empire – to be a life-denying force simply because it did not permit men or women to live in a hedonistic fashion.
Europe also began to promote the idea of Darwinism, that humanity shares common ancestry with apes. The theory of evolution is not exclusive to Europe. The example scholar Muslim Al-jahiz proposed was a similar theory. From the European ideal of Darwinism, they developed Social Darwinism, the idea that might makes right, and they also advocated the survival of the fittest. They would use this to justify the colonization of Africa, the Americas, and genocides of people all over the world. In fact, during this period a pygmy was kidnapped from his homeland in Africa and placed in a whites only zoo; he was showed to be on a lower scale of evolution than the pure white Aryan ‘master race.’
Hitler was influenced by social Darwinism in his eugenic beliefs, and his desire to create a white master race led to the extermination of Jews and other minorities. Heidegger, another German philosopher, was a Nazi sympathizer. Much of Neitzche’s later work by his relatives was distorted to support Nazism.
In reality, Atheism was a reaction in Europe to the repressive nature of the Catholic Church in Europe in persecuting scientists. And the fringe atheists of European ‘intellectuals’ such as Richard Dawkins always have this shock. The science versus religion feud only existed in Europe; it cannot be found in Africa or Asia.
Neitzhe said, “God Is Dead.” God is Alive and always watching us, and as Ce Ce Winans said, concerning God, “I am the one, yes, I created the whole universe. Greater than anything in heaven and in all the earth. It’s my air you breathe, so I’m the one that you should please I am the one you need, why should you be alone.”