By Scott Simon
Richard Dawkins, the scientist and outspoken atheist, speaks with NPR’s Scott Simon about terrorism, and how the world has changed since he first began talking about his opposition to religion.
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Richard Dawkins is on tour. The scientist, humanist and skeptic of religion is making a series of appearances to benefit the Center for Inquiry, including in Los Angeles, Boulder, Colo., Washington, D.C. and Miami. Of course, he’s a pioneering biologist who’s now an Emeritus fellow at New College in Oxford and is, of course, perhaps, the best known public atheist in the world. Dr. Richard Dawkins joins us in our studios. Thanks so much for being with us.
RICHARD DAWKINS: Thank you for having me.
SIMON: I want to begin this way. Terrible crime this week – a suicide bomber in Manchester blew himself up during a concert, more than 20 people, many of them youngsters, were killed. The British government have identified the bomber. ISIS has claimed responsibility. There is, of course, an ongoing investigation. You’ve been outspoken and unbowed in your beliefs that religion plays a role in terrorism.
DAWKINS: Well, I think it obviously does. I mean, every time one of these things happened – and we know what the person says. It’s usually, Allahu Akbar. This is in the name of religion. That – of course, it’s very important to say this doesn’t mean all Muslims agree with it. But nevertheless, it is true…
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