There is one key problem with this refreshingly frank criticism [of Islam], however: it is predicated on the nation that these negative facts about Muslim peoples can be changed if they just no longer believed in the faith. Dawkins and others like him hope that – one day – these peoples can be reformed and will live like organized, peaceable, tolerant Westerners. He believes getting them to abandon religion is the key…
Dawkins may be committed to a narrative, one that says that all peoples have the potential to be “uplifted” into right-thinking folks – if we just get them to abandoned their backwards superstitions (religion). Indeed, he even recently doubled down of his “We are all Africans” mantra (as if absolutely no relevant biological changes could have happened since then – as the esteemed evolutionary biologist and author of The Selfish Gene should know). Can’t have inconvenient facts about human biodiversity coming along messing that up, now can we?
I would guess that Dawkins knows more about race and sex differences than he lets on, based on some comments he’s made about eugenics and evolution in the past. Like everyone else though, he’s subject to social pressures and a need to believe that things can work out in the end if people just act right.
As the anonymous iSteve commenter points out in the article:
When you believe (at least implicitly) that 1) Society can be perfected by human means, or at least come reasonably close to perfection, and 2) any practical means to achieve that objective should be seriously considered, the progressive dread of politically-incorrect Hatefacts starts to make more sense. If “genetically inferior” blacks are all that is standing in the way of turning every city in America into a hipster SWPL paradise, what can’t be justified?
This is a good point, but progressives already do a lot of “racist” things in their own self-interest. I grew up in a liberal stronghold that was also a de facto Sundown Town, and they certainly did things that are very politically incorrect.
I think the deeper fear of hatefacts comes from what Derbyshire calls a “cold, dark despair.” Think of Karenin’s state of mind before Anna confesses her affair with Vronsky. Until she confesses, he sort of knows, but he doesn’t want to because it’s too painful…
The Wire is probably the closest thing we have to a “gospel” for leftist secular humanism, which ironically is more “Judeo-Christian” than actual Christianity is. When you look at the show’s message, it’s not all that different from the same platitudes we’ve been hearing since the 70s, but whiter people need that schmaltz. Without God, what else do they have?