Despite having a brilliant mind, he has become far more intolerant than the "religious" groups he despises (and makes this hatred publicly known).
He spends his time whining about how a single foolish president of a country he doesn't even live in said quite some time ago that he doesn't believe atheists to be patriotic citizens.
Apparently, he hates it when people say bad things about him and what he thinks, but has no problem letting the world know that he thinks "religious" people are morons.
He's infamous for bunching every religion of all time into a little ball and blaming that ball for all the world's problems.
He denies all the incredible supernatural acts throughout history witnessed by millions of people because he believes himself more intelligent, and therefore the events didn't happen (or were remarkable coincidence).
He also claims "religion" hinders science, despite Newton, Bacon, Galileo, Kepler, and some of the most brilliant minds in history being Christians. I mean, even Ben Franklin was a deist (though hardly religious).
Richard Dawkins: "Religion destroys nations. That's why as Europe began to lose its religious foundations it became weaker and weaker despite once being the center of all world powers, while the United States, which had only been around for a few hundred years, held onto its religious beliefs and rapidly rose to become the greatest power in the world in a very short time. Therefore, I have to turn America away from religion, because I'm jealous."
Richard Dawkins was the kid in school who claimed anyone within his circle of friends was cool and everyone outside of it wasn't.
Therefore, by his logic, he was friends with all the coolest kids in school, despite this not being true.
Don't you just love Richard Dawkins and his "facts"?
Most people are not cruel, and nobody could believe that a good, loving God could commit the dozens of atrocities of the Old Testament unless his main reading of the Bible came as a child: maybe being shown as an adult the extreme nastiness of the the Godhead of the Bible will make some people see the absurdity of it all. And maybe this will speed up the process of discarding this ancient fairy tale the Bible--a piece of literature with not an iota more basis for belief than the Greek myths, and which (apart from the dangers of extremists who want to go back to stoning homosexuals and adulterers) creates some degree of antiscientism in every person who believes it.
One of the biggest names out there supporting evolution, this scientist is also stunningly handsome, or, in the words of young future scientists, "he's a cutie." Just look at that curl. Awwww.
"The Oxford accent and curl tell me that everything Richard Dawkins says is right!"
Using this method, he delves into evolution at length in his books including The Blind Watchmaker, The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable amongst a few others. In these books he outlines the mass of evidence for evolution, explaining how it is as much a fact as gravity, and the theory is in fact more supported by evidence than gravity.
He shows how over many generations mutations (DNA copying errors) occur, and over many millions of years these random mutations can change a species almost unrecognisably, through natural selection, which Dawkins points out is 'the opposite of chance'. In doing this Mr Dawkins Demolishes creationism, showing it to be outdated, irrational and to be completely lacking in evidence, and not fit to even be considered anywhere close to evolution in any way.
He recently wrote a book Called 'The God Delusion', in which he argues (convincingly, in my opinion) that the god hypothesis can be made into a theory and therefore tested in the scientific method, coming to the conclusion that Gods existence is not impossible, since proving a negative is impossible, but so unlikely that god may as well be regarded as non-existent.
To those who insult him, you do your cause far more harm than good - you just make yourselves look bitter and refusing to accept reality, despite the evidence that is there. You may disagree with his views, and that's fair enough, but to insult him because he says things you don't like just makes you look petulant.
The man is little less than a genius in my opinion.
He makes science understandable yet mystical, and his passion for it is evident in the way he argues his point (verociously).
He's been called alot of things, and some people on this site seem to totally have it in for him, but if everyone listened to Richard Dawkins a bit more I think we'd end up with a better world.
He hosted a tv show called The Root Of All Evil? for channel 4 about religion but he disowned the title. No one thing is the cause of all evil, except maybe Rupert Murdoch.
"Richard Dawkins is going to burn in hell!"- Ann Coulter.
"SHUP BITCH!"-Everyone else.
Face it. He is not an intolerant bigot- at least, as far as i can see. he is a nice old oxfordian who simply has very strong opinions. And by and large, his arguments against religion make a lot of sense, although sometimes you get the feeling he'd convince more people if he calmed down a bit.
There are some holes in his theological arguments, but there is no reason to call him an unaccepting stubborn narrow-minded antichrist fundamentalist. Fundamentalists blow up the twin towers and don't let women leave the house for fear of beatings. Richard Dawkins is just a guy with a passionate opinion that sometimes leads him to have less repect for people than he ought to. But hey, we all make mistakes.
ANGRY BELIEVER: DAWKINS WILL BURN IN HELL!!! HE BELIEVES DISABLED PEOPLE ARE INFERIOR AND LEPRECHAUNS ARE BETTER THEN GOD!!! HE IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA OF PURE EVIL!!!!
*enter emcee RD himself, looking thoroughly Oxford-y and docile*
RD: wow, this is certainly awkward.