Richard Dawkins’ moral agenda

by Dr. Peter Saunders

Much ink has already been spilt on Richard Dawkins’ reaction to Baroness Warsi’s warning about the rising tide of ‘militant secularization’ and his forgetting the name of Darwin’s classic work on evolution in a radio four debate.

Dawkins’ Foundation for Reason and Science (UK) found in a poll published today that almost three quarters (74 per cent) of ‘Christians’ polled agreed that religion should not influence public policy, while only about one in eight (12 per cent) thought that it should.

It also found that 92 per cent of ‘Christians’ agreed that the law should apply to everyone equally, regardless of their personal religious beliefs. Other interesting findings in Dawkins’ survey of a sample of the 54% who called themselves ‘Christian’ in a recent census included the following:

•62% favoured a woman’s right to have an abortion within the legal time limit
•61% agreed that homosexuals should have the same legal rights in all aspects of their lives as heterosexuals
•46% did not disapprove of sexual relations between two adults of the same sex
•23% believed that sex between a man and a woman was only acceptable within marriage

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None of these findings will surprise evangelicals as it has long been evident that most people in Britain who call themselves ‘Christian’ neither have a Christian worldview nor accept biblical authority. But I was more interested in Dawkins’ statements about his own ethical values.

The Telegraph reports him as saying that ‘Britain is a secular society, with secular, humane values’. He then goes on to complain about ‘Christian campaign groups’ which have ‘become increasingly vocal’ and are ‘demanding special rights for Christians to be exempted from equalities legislation, strenuously opposing all attempts to review the law on assisted suicide, (and) campaigning against further social advances such as equal rights for gay people to marry.’

So, either explicitly or implicitly, it seems that Dawkins ‘secular human values’ include the promotion of abortion, euthanasia, sex outside marriage and same sex marriage. No wonder he dislikes Christianity so much…

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