Abrasiveness of Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins has a reputation for being an aggressive and angry man (see: Richard Dawkins and anger). The Western atheist population also has a reputation for having individuals with disagreeable personalities (see:Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence).

Atheist author and sociology professor Phil Zuckerman said of Richard Dawkins: "He is smug, condescending and emits an unpleasant disdainfulness. He doesn’t ever seem to acknowledge the good aspects of religion, only the bad. In that sense, I think he doesn’t help atheism in the PR department."[1] See also: Elevatorgate and Atheism and arrogance

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. wrote concerning Richard Dawkins:

His aggressiveness and abrasiveness have now prompted some of his fellow defenders of evolution to wonder if he is doing their cause more harm than good.

The September 2005 issue of Discover magazine features an article that raises this very question. In "Darwin's Rottweiler," author Stephen S. Hall suggests that Dawkins is simply "far too fierce."....

Dawkins admits that he just may be "a bit of a loose canon." In reality, that is a significant understatement.[2]

Gary Demar commenting on the abrasiveness and incivility of atheist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins quotes Dawkins declaring:

It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that).[3]

A great irony of Richard Dawkins' alleged fierceness is that Dawkins has established a reputation for avoiding debates with his strongest opponents which is something the liberal media often fails to report.

In February 2010, the news organization The Telegraph reported Richard Dawkins was embroiled "in a bitter online battle over plans to rid his popular internet forum for atheists of foul language, insults and 'frivolous gossip'."[4] In September 2010, Richard Dawkins became nasty towards a woman in an audience he spoke before (see also: Richard Dawkins and women).[5]

In addition, Richard Dawkins appears to have had struggles maintaining marital harmony in his life and his three marriages ended in divorce.

Richard Dawkins' behavior towards a Muslim journalist

See also: Richard Dawkins and Islamophobia accusations

On December 28, 2015, the Daily Express reported about Dawkins:

The furious academic walked out of an interview when a Muslim journalist confirmed he personally believed the prophet Muhammad flew to heaven on a winged horse.

Dawkins, 74, author of best-seller The God Delusion, told the New Statesmen's Emad Ahmed that his belief was "pathetic" before angrily storming off.[6]

Ryan Kerney wrote at New Republic concerning Dawkins' behavior towards Emad Ahmed: "Richard Dawkins is just as rude in person as he is on Twitter, apparently."[7]

Richard Dawkins' doctors advise him to avoid controversies

See also: Atheism and health

On February 13, 2015, Richard Dawkins gave an update about his minor stroke. Dawkins' doctors says he needs to avoid controversies due to his chronic high blood pressure.[8]

Prior to his stroke, Dawkins says his fellow liberal agnostics/atheists gave him a difficult time due to a controversy about his Twitter post relating to feminists and Muslims. As a result of the controversy, Dawkins was disinvited to a skeptic conference and this was very upsetting to him (See: Feminists cause Richard Dawkins to be disinvited to skeptic conference).[9]

In recent times Dawkins has been embroiled in a number of controversies involving the topics of feminism/Islam and he has faced a significant amount of criticism from his fellow skeptics/liberals (see: Richard Dawkins and women and Richard Dawkins and Islamophobia accusations).

Debates raged over praying for Richard Dawkins health after his stroke.[10][11]

The film documentary The Atheist Delusion features a humorless Richard Dawkins who is the object of audience laughter

See also: Atheism and humor

The movie The Atheist Delusion features the new atheist Richard Dawkins being the object of audience laughter due to something unreasonable he said.[12] Dawkins indignantly asked the audience, "Why is that funny?".[13]

Dawkins has encouraged his supporters to ridicule religious believers and to go beyond humorous ridicule.[14] He wrote, "I lately started to think that we need to go further: go beyond humorous ridicule, sharpen our barbs to a point where they really hurt."[15] See also: Richard Dawkins' cult of personality

Dawkins, genetics, agreeableness, fertility rate of non-religious vs. religious

See also: Atheism and fertility rates and Richard Dawkins and love and Atheism and the brain

Theodore Beale wrote in the his book The Irrational Atheist about Dawkins's claim that teaching children about Hell is more harmful to children than "mild child abuse":

Richard Dawkins is perhaps one of the last men on Earth who should be discussing what is the right and proper way to raise children, given that the number of his wives outnumber his offspring.

In his letter to his daughter Juliet, addressed to her at the age of ten and published in A Devil’s Chaplain, there is little mention of love, no admission of regret, and no paternal promises. As one British journalist noted, the letter is “coldly impersonal” and “authoritarian.” There is no expression of interest in what might be important to her.[16]

Dawkins has been divorced three times and has one child.

Reporting on a study about the lower fertility rate of the non-religious, the Daily Mail indicated:

It was also found that Christians living in the US had 3.11 children and Catholics had 3.42.

...The team explained that there is evidence that genetically influenced personality traits, particularly agreeableness, lead to greater religious involvement, larger family size and greater communal investment in general.

'A recent meta-analysis of a large sample studies found that adults who score high on agreeableness tend to invest heavily in both religious and family life,' reads the study.[17]

For more information, please see: Ellis, Hoskin, Dutton and Nyborg journal article on fertility and secularism in the United States and in developed countries

As a group, atheists have a sub-replacement level of births (see: Atheism and fertility rates).

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