With the latest pontification from the professional unbeliever, Richard Dawkins, I am reminded of the rule for internet debate: the first person to call the other a Nazi loses the argument.
That rule doesn’t apply to Dawkins when he argues on the internet. He really is a Nazi or something so close that it is equally hideous.
As the Daily Mail reports, “Atheist author Richard Dawkins says unborn babies with Down’s syndrome should be aborted and parents should ‘try again’”
The controversial comments from the scientist, who is a vocal atheist, came during a debate on Twitter with some of his 1million followers.
A discussion began when Professor Dawkins posted a link to an article in liberal US magazine New Republic entitled ‘The Catholic Church prefers medieval barbarism to modern abortion’.
Professor Dawkins, 73, said: ‘Ireland is a civilised country except in this one area. You’d think the Roman Church would have lost all influence.’
In response, Irish Catholic fitter Aidan McCourt asked him: ‘994 human beings with Down’s syndrome deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012. Is that civilised?’
Professor Dawkins said: ‘Yes, it is very civilised. These are foetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings.’
He later added: ‘Learn to think in non-essentialist ways. The question is not “is it ‘human’?” but “can it suffer?”‘
Then, he was told by Boston-based writer ‘InYourFaceNewYorker’: ‘I honestly don’t know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down’s syndrome. Real ethical dilemma.’
Professor Dawkins replied: ‘Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.’
So the man whose keen moral wisdom came out in defense of “mild pedophilia” now thinks it is immoral to refuse to murder your unborn child if the baby has Down ’s syndrome.
But why only before the baby is born. Surely there are cases when a family has no access to prenatal tests or the tests prove wrong and a child is born with Down’s syndrome or some other sort of birth defect.
If you are an atheist, what is really wrong with snuffing out the life of an infant who is born but doesn’t measure up?