... in a throwaway Tweet, Professor Dawkins observed that “all the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. ...” ... Almost every London paper ran at least one story on the “controversy.”
... “How dare you dress your bigotry up as atheism. You are now beyond an embarrassment.”
... “It’s time someone turned Richard Dawkins off and then on again. Something’s gone weird.”
... “Please be quiet, Richard Dawkins, I’m begging.”
... “we must consign Dawkins to this very same pile of the irrational and the dishonest.”
... Whatever its virtues, Islam is not a culture of inquiry, of innovation. You can coast for a while on the accumulated inheritance of a pre-Muslim past ...but it’s not unreasonable to posit that the more Muslim a society becomes the smaller a role Nobel prizes and translated books will play in its future.
... Maybe I’m wrong, maybe Dawkins is wrong, maybe the U.N. Human Development chaps are wrong. But the ferocious objections even to raising the subject suggest we’re not. ...