Richard Dawkins, Sexual Abuse – A Deeper Issue for the Evolution Fight
I realize that many of us refer to Clinton Richard Dawkins quite often, especially those battling for creation apologetic’s. I would like to take a completely different approach, looking at it from an introspective angle many may have not heard before? Many creationists and evolutionist alike were appalled at Mr. Dawkins for his comments about paedophilia. Mr. Dawkins has since responded to his remarks to clear things up. However this article won’t focus on whether he should have worded things differently but to examine his deeper rooted issues.
Richard Dawkins Pedophile Remarks
Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s most famous and outspoken atheists, has provoked outrage among child welfare, protection agencies and experts after suggesting that recent child abuse scandals have been overblown. In an interview in The Times magazine on Saturday Sept. 7 2013, Dawkins, 72, attempted to defend what he called “mild paedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.” Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair.
Dawkins was molested by a master at his primary school while he watched a squash match. True to his scientific bent, he describes it pretty clinically in his book An Appetite for Wonder: “He did no more than have a little feel, but it was extremely disagreeable (the cremasteric reflex is not painful, but in a skin-crawling creepy way it is almost worse than painful) as well as embarrassing.” After it was over, young Dawkins ran off to tell his friends. Many of them had the same unfortunate experience. In his telling, it seems to have been more or less regarded as bad luck, rather like having been bowled for a duck (having scored no runs) in cricket. “I don’t think he did any of us lasting damage,” he notes.
“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild paedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,” he said. He also added that his other classmates also experienced abuse at the hands of this teacher, “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”
Scarred by Religion
According to this article Clinton Richard Dawkins had a privileged upbringing in a family with a strong tradition in the colonial service. Born in Kenya, he attended a series of public schools: a boarding school in Southern Rhodesia (“now the sick dictatorship of Zimbabwe”); St Anne’s School in Chelmsford, where he was bullied by some big girls; then another boarding school, Chafyn Grove in Salisbury. It was perhaps here that the seeds of his atheism were sown: the then headmaster, Mr Galloway, “truly believed all that stuff, unlike many educators who pretend to do so out of duty, and politicians who pretend to do so because they are under the . . . impression that it wins votes.” I myself would completely agree. Though, I could psycho analyze his many deviations that led him away from his true father in heaven as this article dives into, I plan on focusing on the root cause and the initial turn in his life away from his creator.
Looking into the school where the incident took place, it seems as though Richard was tainted in the religious sense, especially those who were supposed to instruct, guide and protect him in this extremely sensitive stage in his development. “Chafyn Grove pupils are ambitious, energetic and willing to have a go at everything while also learning from their mistakes. They are supportive and considerate towards each other, nurtured by our caring pastoral system and inspired by our team of talented and committed teachers.”
Richard Dawkins seems to have much deeper rooted psychological issues going on here. I could expand on this and take the mainstream view of his childhood and the horrible experiences that this man has endured. However, that stated, I would prefer to look at the spiritual implications of these horrendous events that lead Richard Dawkins down a dark and bitter road.
Testimonial, Projection of Anger
In my own personal life I had experienced the trauma of sexual abuse from both sexes. Unfortunately, the majority of these experiences were done in the religious environments as well. I have been in and out of many, many churches. I never recalled much of my child hood at the time as many memories I had blocked out. This is very typical for an individual who suffers from any kind of abuse or trauma. In recent years, I had flash backs, panic attacks, heart palpitations, social anxiety and agoraphobia. Due to the brainwashing of the mainstream perspectives on solutions for dealing with these symptoms through psychiatric care and pharmakeia, I wasted many years indoctrinated and sedated on these abominable medications avoiding the real and only solution.
The last time I was sexually assaulted in a church setting I had attempted to communicate to the pastors through the elders in the church but to no avail. Nothing was done, there was no follow up and no one discussed anything with me whatsoever. This led me down a dark angry path, from taunting God at the top of my lungs on a regular occasion, to being completely angry with him and eventually a fifteen year back slide into an abyss of despair and self-destruction. Obviously, I was projecting my anger onto God. In the later years, I was abused outside the church setting, even drugged and raped. Should I blame God, I thought at the time or should I blame the individual?
The Prodigal Son Returns
I am going to make a long story short and summarize, to focus on the Dawkins issue. Many years had gone by attempting to resolve these issues according the world’s standards and doing it my way. After cutting through all the lies of this world I could see through the fog of confusion, the matrix of lies and deceptions which led me back to my creator. I pleaded for help and cried out to God as my life fell apart. You get what you pray for, ask and receive. I had to be broken down so that he could re mold me. I went from taunting God to seeking and sincerely asking him instead. The humility approach had completely changed everything, especially the results.
I truly began having an intimate relationship. I spent a couple of years just me and him in my bedroom, several times a day, repenting, reading, worshipping and praying. The transformation was supernatural! All of those, so-called medical “diagnosis and symptoms”, instantly left me as the Holy Spirit filled my room. No more panic attacks, heart palpitations and agoraphobia. Those unclean spirits of oppression and affliction high tailed it out of there. After, only God knows how long, I was completely free!
Forgiveness is The Solution
Two years went by with only me and God and my closet. I asked him where should I go from here? He sent me to a home Bible study. I was completely blown away when I found out who was holding these meetings. It was Jim, the man who led me to Christ 15 years prior to my backslide and he lived not far from where I live. I love confirmation!
This man truly walks in and with many gifts of the Spirit. As the study went on, God began to move. He began speaking to Jim, another amazing gift that was departed to him. Jim (though nothing to do with him) apologized for what happened many years ago in the church and for forgiveness. I broke down in tears and forgave the church and specific people who I felt hurt by. I literally began to feel the struggle, and physically! The only way I can describe how it felt was that a nachash or velcio raptor like talon was buried deep inside my heart and began tearing away. All I felt was tug, tug, tug, riiip! It was a sharp pain and hurt quite a bit.
Maybe this is just part of the spiritual battle we are in? Maybe what Paul wrote while in prison in Ephesians 6 is more real than we can ever imagine? After all Jesus himself stated that he told people earthly things and no one believed him, never mind the heavenly realm.
In retrospect, I truly believe that we all need to pray for Richard on a daily basis! I have a new-found love for this man. I see him through different lenses now. He has daddy issues & I mean his real father. He is only projecting. I pray one day he can forgive those who transgressed against him as our father forgives us. It is the absolute most freeing experience he could ever dream of! Imagine if he to came to Christ? What an impact he could have for the kingdom! Someone with such a high-profile would truly be an amazing testimony of God’s grace, unconditional love and forgiveness! If any of you out there have something you are holding on to, I beg you, it’s not worth it. Save yourself years of torment. Free them and yourself! Forgiveness is the solution, period.
If any of you out there have something you are holding on to, I beg you, it’s not worth it. Save yourself years of torment. Free them and yourself! Forgiveness is the solution, period.