Dawkins at it again, criticizing Islam over stoning and world domination

Muslims stone a pillar representing the devil during the Hajj.

Atheist author Richard Dawkins said in Twitter messages on Monday that Islam continues to uphold punishments such as stonings, and preaches about world domination, while Christianity and Judaism have moved away from such “Middle Ages” teachings.

“Laws designed for 7th-Century tribal desert society are not always well suited to modern conditions. Jews & Christians mostly realise this,” Dawkins wrote in a post.

“Yes, Christianity & Judaism are every bit as stupid as Islam. But they don’t preach world domination, theocratically imposed law, stoning, etc.,” he added in a follow-up post. “And yes, Christianity and Judaism USED TO preach equally terrible things. But we live NOW, not in the Middle Ages. That’s kind of relevant.”

Dawkins has criticized Islam on a number of occasions in recent months, and in January said that not all religions are equally violent…

Actually Christianity moved away from stoning very early. The famous verse about the woman taken in adultery where Jesus says about a proposed stoning: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7, KJV).

It is believed to have been added at a somewhat later date and thus may have not take place, but the early Christians clearly disapproved of the practice.  See Wiki for discussion of that verse.

  • Jason

    To his credit, he has come to realize (as unfortunately, so many others still do not) that Islam is unique – in a very harmful way – among all religions.
    “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.” And what might that something worse be, I wonder.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’ve always wanted to believe in something so strongly again since I lost it when I left Sunday school when I was five.
      I never have been able to get that back.
      I still look at the clouds thinking that Granny is looking down at me.
      And now Granddad is, too.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    These days, other religions believe stoning to be toking weed or ingesting other mind altering substances.

    • Frau Katze

      Good point. “Everyone must get stoned”. Isn’t that how the song went?

  • Hooknladder

    Dawkins is 100% correct! That won’t change the leftist line though. They are so obsessed with hating Christianity- that some lefties actually prefer mollycoddling Islam. Like he says, Christianity may strike one as “stupid” but at least they aren’t out hacking people to death for being gay, or a woman who wants an equal education.