Richard Dawkins under fire as “racist” for daring to point out that Muslims have won few Nobel Prizes

He’s a racist! He’s a bigot! Richard Dawkins can criticize Christianity all he wants, but when he dares simply to note an “intriguing fact” about Muslims and Islam, he incurs the wrath of the gods of political correctness. This controversy illustrates yet again that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done or accomplished: if you stand against jihad violence and Islamic supremacism, or criticize Islam in any way, you will be targeted, vilified, smeared, and defamed, and every attempt will be made to destroy you.

“‘Muslims peaked in the Dark Ages. But since then?': Richard Dawkins embroiled in Twitter row over controversial comments,” by Tara Brady in the Daily Mail, August 9 (thanks to all who sent this in):

Professor Richard Dawkins has become embroiled in a Twitter row after he claimed the last time Muslims contributed something worthwhile was during the Dark Ages.

The 71-year-old author went on to tweet that the world’s Muslims had won fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge.

His comments sparked anger among high-profile Twitter users including writer Caitlin Moran and economics editor at Channel 4 News, Faisal Islam.

Moran tweeted: ‘It’s time someone turned Richard Dawkins off and then on again.

‘Something’s gone weird.’

While Islam said: ‘Actually, over the last two decades, it’s 8-4 against Trinity.

‘I say this as a muslim alumnus of Trinity College, Cambridge.

‘Of course if @RichardDawkins had any clue what he was talking about, he’d know to strip out the Economics Nobels, which aren’t quite real’

One Twitter user said Muslims were responsible for alchemy and algebra.

But Dawkins replied: ‘Indeed, where would we be without alchemy? Dark Age achievements undoubted. But since then?’

There has been a total of 10 Nobel prizes awarded to Muslims while Trinity College, Cambridge, has 32 Nobel laureates.

It is not the first time Dawkins has angered the Muslim population after he described looters who destroyed manuscripts in Mali as ‘Islamic barbarians’ in January.

The 71-year-old author was referring to the severe damage caused by Islamist extremists to a sacred library in Timbuktu but his remarks were seen as insulting to all Muslims.

Dawkins is an award-winning ethologist and author.

He is perhaps best known for his strong religious criticism and his atheist views.

Author of several books, his contempt for religion is most evident in his 2006 bestseller, The God Delusion.

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  1. says

    Richard Dawkins long ago acknowledged that all religions were not equal and that Islam was to be particularly opposed for its ideology. He also described himself as a cultural Christian, which most in the west are.

  2. says

    This episode demonstrates yet again why Richard Dawkins represents the modern skeptical thinking man very well — which is why he is so popular. He is not a faux intellectual or poseur like so many leftists, but has a formidable intellect, guided by reason and yet reasonable. He is a touchstone popular figure, and comparisons demonstrate why leftists who blindly defend Islam are indeed only useful idiots.

  3. says

    Did you know that there is a site called Spencer

    While Robert Spencer watches Jihad and Jihadists, they watch Spencer.

    From the site:

    “Robert Spencer and “JihadWatch” were the most heavily cited sources of propaganda in the terrorist Anders Breivik’s manifesto; in fact, Breivik explicitly stated “About Islam, I recommend essentially everything written by Robert Spencer”.”

    The logic is: If Hitler stated 2+2=4 this would be untrue, because Hitler was an evil man.

  4. says

    I have to respect a man who is married to a Time Lord.
    I just wish he were as vocal as his fellow atheists Pat Condell and the late Christopher Hithchens in ripping Islam down to size

  5. says

    According to Douglas Murray in ‘Islamophilia’, Richard Dawkins does take some care not to antagonize Islam and Muslims unnecessarily.
    Asked by an Al Jazeera interviewer whether his criticism of God in the Bible (“hideous”, “a monster”) also was aimed at the God of the Koran, Mr. Dawkins ducked the question: “Well, um, the God of the Koran I don’t know so much about”. Could have been mere politeness, of course.

  6. says

    “His comments sparked anger among high-profile Twitter users including writer Caitlin Moran …”

    Ah, yes, Caitlin Moran, writer of a How-To book that looks more like a Why-Buy-It book, How to be a woman; and on her official Twitter page self-promoted as

    “The latest from Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran). Writing the fuck out of shit since 1992.”

    We can see we’re dealing with the utmost journalistic mettle and integrity here with little Caitlin.

    A pic that shows her serious side:

  7. says

    and once again, attempts are made to shut down criticism of Islam by calling it ‘racist’. How long will Muslims and their apologists use the racism card to shut down criticism of Islam? Islam is not a race!!

  8. says

    Mr. Dawkins fires off a round or two at islam only during a blue moon. He is mostly out of the line of fire when it comes to islam. Perhaps, in his twilight years, he may consider jumping into the frontline in the islam debate.

  9. says

    >>> One Twitter user said Muslims were responsible for alchemy and algebra.

    The Arabic language is responsible for the name ‘algebra’, but algebra itself developed over a much longer period of time than the Arab “Golden Age”.

    The Babylonians knew the formula for the positive root of a quadratic equation, ci. 2000 BC. This is more than 2500 years before Emperor Heraclius launched his great counterstrike against the Persians in 622 AD., the same year Muhammad, if such a person existed, is said to have absconded from Mecca to become the chief bully boy of Yathrib.

    The Hellenistic Greeks, and their successors in Roman Alexandria, went a lot farther than the ancient Babylonians in studying quadratics, conic sections, and other aspects of real mathematics.

    Almost all of the great intellectuals who are said to have flourished in the Arab “Golden Age” were ethnically Syrian, Persian, Greek, Spanish, Jewish, Egyptian, etc. — anything but Arab. And they were Christian, Jewish, or Zoroastrian in religion. Or, if Moslem, were usually from families that had only recently converted, and in many cases were condemned by the Islamic authorities and persecuted as heretics.

    Al Khawarizmi, whose book title gave ‘algebra’ its name, was a Persian from (as his own name implies) Khwawizm in Central Asia, an area that had been ruled almost until the time of Christ by Greeks descended from Alexander’s army .

    Modern symbolic algebra dates from the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and even later.

    >>> ‘Muslims peaked in the Dark Ages. But since then?’

    It’s notable that Muslims allegedly peaked in the Dark Ages, by definition the historical period that we know the least about. Arab tales of their “conquest”, which our own supposed histories of early Islam are based on, can’t be reconciled with contemporaneous accounts by non-Arabs, or with the archaeological evidence.

    The “Golden Age” of Arab civilization, likewise, is nowhere to be found in the archaeological record of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, or Europe. It only exists in the fanciful oral accounts of the Arabs themselves. It is probably a later echo of wistful longing for the the great age of jizya that briefly resulted from the entry of Saracen bandits into cities that had been abandoned by the Romans, or which had been ruled by the erstwhile Persian Empire.


  10. says

    Dawkins gives a more detailed response to this faux controversy*:

    *I call it a faux controversy, because it was manufactured by those who are falsely claiming racism, probably in order to get attention and boost their own profiles. Dawkins has, many times now over the years, been “accused” of “racism” for criticizing Islam; though the charges are getting more frequent, as his criticisms of Islam have increased over the past few years. Indeed, he deals with these phoney, tactically-made “racism/bigotry” accusations on twitter on almost a daily basis, any time anything remotely critical is posted about Islam.

    Dawkins, btw, usually posts something on a daily basis about Islam and/or Muslims, either on twitter, or on his main site.

  11. says

    I would like to see a list of historical figures and accomplishments compiled from the opinion of Muslims themselves; then look at each item and note next to it whether the person or group was or was not viewed as being heretical by mainstream Islam at the time… Frankly the partisans of BOTH sides ARE the problem.
    THough the conservatives like to take credit 100 years later, it is almost always liberal thinkers that bring progress; meanwhile the conservative-minded act as a ‘brake’, ideally keeping things from going too far, too fast.
    When society’s troubles increase because of the dominance of the the Left OR of the Right; it is when working partnership between the mindsets (a partnership that shares a common desire to actually improve the lot of individuals, larger associations and nation itself against that corruption, stupidity and sheer laziness; HUMAN rather than political faults) becomes a rivalry; when these get out of balance it really doesn’t matter which side “won”, the society is about to start losing.
    It is honest and ‘functional’ to say something like, “I tend to be conservative in my actions and reactions as a personal policy/character trait”, but, to declare as fact that “political and social issues should be decided by solidly conservative minds” is, at best, a an early sign of dementia.

  12. says

    Isn’t Dawkins aware of the work of Nevzat Tarhan?

    Over at the The Religion of Peace there is a link to an article with the teaser Turkey Blames “Psychic Assassins” for Recent Deaths…

    An excerpt from the article-

    According to ‘Today’s Zaman’ the investigation into the deaths of the men, Hüseyin BaÅŸbilen, Halim Ãœnsem Ãœnal, Evrim Yançeken and Burhaneddin Volkan, suggests that the victims could have been directed toward the suicides by way of telekinesis, citing the work done by neuropsychology expert Nevzat Tarhan.

    Muslim Science marches on with a torrent of Nobel Prizes nipping at its heel.

  13. says

    “The 71-year-old author was referring to the severe damage caused by Islamist extremists to a sacred library in Timbuktu but his remarks were seen as insulting to all Muslims.”

    And I don’t like Chihuahuas. Therefore, my comment is insulting to all dogs.

  14. says

    “They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.”

    Yes, dhimmies and forced converts did great things back then. And i heard some muslims even produced great mathematical works that were derivative works from babilonian sources. Muslim philosophers back then weren’t very well regarded by clerics, so whatever they achieved they achieved DESPITE being muslims, not because of it! Because i don’t see how a religion helps someone with math, physics, chemistry or masonry.

    Muslims in the middle ages were so advanced that christian nations progressed enough to leave them in the dust. I’m not talking about the dust of christians speeding past them in the scientific race (although that did happen), but in the dust of muslim fortifications in europe being brought down by superior weaponry developed by people who believe in cause/effect and the scientific method.

    Take a look back at history. Islam is a pyramid scheme. It works like this:

    1 – Conquer a non-muslim nation
    2 – Force people to convert to replenish and strengthen military forces
    3 – Acquire whatever technology that nation has
    4 – Go to step 1

  15. says

    I wish there were more public faces who would speak up against islam but i guess they are all scared of being shot down and vilified by MSM.

  16. says

    Jewish Nobel laureates:

    The above is an updated list from 2012, and sets the number of laureates at 187.

    If you remove dubious figures such as Yassir Arafat’s “peace” prize,or the Pakistani laureate who was driven from Pakistan and denounced by his government for being an Ahmadi, the Muslim numders are even more pathetic.

  17. says

    How many times does it have to be repeated? Islam is NOT a race. No one says the “Christian race” for the simple reason that Christians, like Muslim’s, represent people from all races. Islam’s “golden age” was lost less than a few hundred years after it was founded by the false “prophet” Mohammed. By comparison the Eastern Christian capital of the Roman Empire, a city named Constantinople, lasted almost 1,000 years before being crushed by the armies of Islamic Jihad in 1453. Constantinople was one of the most beautiful, advanced, and prosperous cities in the world for most of that 1,000 years. We never hear about that great Eastern Christian city which preserved Greek and Roman pagan culture and was a bastion of Christianity or the Byzantine Empire. I wonder why not? let’s hear more about this magnificent city and Byzantine Civilization for a change instead of the endless PC fantasies that Islam once had the market cornered on culture and civilization which is a bald faced lie.

  18. says

    “They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.”

    How much longer do we have to wait for otherwise bright and intelligent, well-read, industrious thinkers to stop behaving like fucking retards inching along like frozen slugs at a glacial pace on their learning curve about this most exigent issue threatening the whole Goddamned world?

  19. says

    For anyone who’s interested, here’s the Trinity College, Cambridge, list, with not only the names of the scholars concerned, but also the field of study in which their achievement was honoured.

    Twelve in Physics; eight in Chemistry, seven in Physiology or Medicine, one in Literature [Bertrand Russell, in 1950], 3 in ‘Economic Sciences’, ‘Peace Prize’, back in 1925.

    The most instantly recognizable names are those of Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr.

  20. says

    Hmm, a few points here.

    Firstly, Islam is not a racist, and thus one cannot be racist for criticizing it.

    Secondly, Islam did NOTHING during its golden age. The advances made and the Greek knowledge retained, was all done by the Syriac Christians who formed the dhimmi serf population of the Middle East.

    Muslims were only ever some 20% of the population, until recently. Most Turkish cities were 50% Christian until the 1900s. The 1860 census for Diyarbakir, for instance, has 55% Christians. There are only 40 (forty) Christians left there now, out of a population of 900,000.

    Thirdly, Algebra was actually invented by the Hindu mathematician, Brahmagupta. And ‘Muslim’ mathematicians like Ommah Kayyan were Agnostics. ‘Muslim’ science developed DESPITE Islam, not because of it.

  21. says

    I’m so tired of people against Islam being called racists. What’s even worse is when judicial authorities are going along with this. Islam is not a race, why aren’t the arguments of racism against critics dismissed by courts in the first minute?

  22. says

    If Dawkins wants to make a real point of interest, he should highlight the lack of Olympic gold medals for Islamic nations. Judaeo-Christian nations get 10 times the number of golds, for the same population.

    Nothing demonstrates Islamic sloth and lethargy more than their lack of Olympic success.

  23. says

    >>I wish there were more public faces who would speak
    >>up against islam but i guess they are all scared of being
    >>shot down and vilified by MSM.

    Errr, no. They are all ‘scared of being shot down’ by a Muslim with a gun.

    This is how Islam has propagated its vile religion for the last 1,400 years. It is nothing more than a Giant Protection Racket, exactly the same as the Chicago Mob or the Italian Mafia – criticise us or try to rule over us, and we will shoot you (or pour boiling water over your head). Why do you think that so many women in Islamia are attacked with acid? – Because it is considered to be ‘boiling water’ and that is exactly what the Koran says must be poured over the heads of those who defy Islam.

    It is a tactic that works. They could be peddling the Flying Spaghetti Monster theory and still they would be getting converts by the million because nobody wants their family shot, or to be taxed another 20% because they do not believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Thus we get the absurd situation where entire sects, like the Alawites of Syria, who profess to be Muslim but who are not, simply to avoid persecution and being shot.

    To destroy a protection racket we must expose it for what it is – to highlight its hate-filled book and its aggressive and genocidal religio-political policies. And that means people like Dawkins and Spencer standing up for secularism and or common decency. And yes, I too noted that in interviews, Dawkins pulled his punches when dealing with Islam. He had better wise up to this otherwise he will get the reputation of being a coward – only punching the easy victim (Christianity) while leaving the playground bully (Islam) alone.


  24. says

    Actually, Islam achieved nothing but vicious conquest. Their much heralded “golden age” was the work and momentum of recently conquered peoples of the ancient world! All that was destroyed as Islam “progressed” to complete TYRANNY!

  25. says

    Good for Richard Dawkins!!! I am not an atheist but I do go along with some of his socio-biology theories. I do not go along with evolution being all correct. This theory has flaws.

  26. says

    As a society we have become obsessed with minutia. What someone’s opinion is about anything matters nothing. When 4 Americans get killed by terrorists in Benghazi because of the dereliction of duty that’s worth talking about.

  27. says

    Or, put another way: Why is Richard Dawkins dumber about Islam than most of the commenters on this thread?

    That is a mystery on a par with the great theological paradoxes. For he has no good reason.

  28. says

    “Did you know that there is a site called Spencer”

    It’s an amusing site, rife with Jew bashing and offers a crystal clear glimpse at how Muslims are such shameless liars. Robert is a great man for standing up to Islam

  29. says

    An interesting thing I have noticed is many atheists on the left are only to happy to slam Christianity, but they have a much more delicate approach to Islam- perhaps this is why many leftist atheists denounce atheist Pat Condell, who goes after Islam as well as Christianity. Christopher Hitchens also alienated much of the left for his comments in Islam

  30. says

    “Richard Dawkins long ago acknowledged that all religions were not equal and that Islam was to be particularly opposed for its ideology”

    The late atheist Christopher Hitchens also said the problem with Islam is not with a fundamentalist interpretation thereof, but rather the religion in of itself:

  31. says

    It’s more complicated than that. As I noted in an essay on my blog:

    The more accurate way to express the issue is that, given the fact that Islam is not a race and that Muslims can belong to any and every race, the racist factor should be irrelevant.

    However, just because it should be irrelevant, doesn’t mean everybody agrees. In fact, in the context of our sociopolitical reality, in which politically correct multi-culturalism (PC MC) is dominant and mainstream, the majority disagrees. This majority can plainly see a twin fact that, although superficial, is massively evident:

    1) the vast majority of Muslims are non-white and non-Western


    2) the vast majority of Western whites are non-Muslims.

    These two sides of the coin of the twin fact effectively make any issue involving criticism of Muslims and of Islam a racial issue, irregardless of whether the mantra of the anti-Islamic movement”that “Islam is not a race””is true. Because of the twin fact above, any time there is a criticism of Muslims and or Islam, it takes on the appearance of a racial criticism. That is the political reality of a society dominated by PC MC.

  32. says

    Your “DESPITE” is key and the parasitism of the Islamic mindset, as you noted, is a close second.

    Highly instructive that Islam’s glories rest chiefly upon the achievement of others and a pyramid scheme which is one for the ages.

    Ah, leave it to Islam to be history’s ultimate con-man. So fitting since the character of Mohammed has con-man (and pervert) written all over him.