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Richard Dawkins: You Did Not Do Your Homework Well
Posted by Preet Mohan S Ahluwalia Send Email to Author on Tuesday, 9/18/2001 10:42 AM MDT
I just posted an interesting article by the famous Richard Dawkins from the University of Oxford. Richard did not do his homework well. Rather than criticize religion he would have better served us by being more specific. These are some of his views:
* for reasons which one day we may understand, most people fall for it [religion]

* specifically the devaluing effect that religion has on human life

* If death is final, a rational agent can be expected to value his life highly and be reluctant to risk it

* Especially if they [martyrs] also believe that that other universe is a paradisical escape from the tribulations of the real world

Finally, he concludes:

"Religion is also, of course, the underlying source of the divisiveness in the Middle East....To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used....."

His views on semitic religions and their claim to exclusivity are true. Indeed, it is what promotes divisiveness. Sometime ago there was a discussion on certain aspects of some religions. Please read below.

Beliefs That Have Harmed Mankind

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/discussion.nsf/By+Topic/b75be49c01a776cd87256ab600473d02?Open

Guide: How To Evaluate a Religion

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/e8f16e4ee0e1e1f887256abb0060dc15!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Perhaps Dr Dawkins is anot aware of the Sikh faith. I hope someday he will read about it. We do not promote exclusivity, paradise or mistreatment of non-Sikhs.

Since this has been discussed several times before, I will post links to previous discussions. In short, Sikhism stands for

* human equality -- there is only one race, the human race since there is one Creator of all
* gender equality -- men and women are born equal. A woman is not inferior to man
* no priesthood -- every man is capable of communion with the Divine
* co-existence -- in the spirit of brotherhood & religious pluralism

Pearl S Buck on Sikhism

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/d600922670b00c8a8725658a0065f6d1!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Bertrand Russell and the Greatest Sin of the Sikhs

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/1f71373bb89b2e2c8725658b0063a9bf!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Who is Man

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/discussion.nsf/By+Topic/e48df25f7b7e66b5872569f600668bdd?Open

Sikhism - Concept of Death and Suffering

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/1b7fd9679503c336872566ef006fbb6f!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Sikhism - Concept of Divine Grace

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/611a108d99e7d7b0872566de0070fdf6!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Sikhism - Concept of Religious Coexistence

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/6506c5dd4c660a688725674500500b1e!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Sikhism - Concept of Freedom

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/1d8a3155794ae6f1872567b2004f967f!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Sikhism - Khalsa and It's Emancipatory Logic

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/b994cbedf08ae188872568a10047d5b7!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Sikhism and Human Rights

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/7ca37ae7abaa0cb4872569690060cb05!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Sikhism - Baptismal Amrit: Its Sociological Significance

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/b8d79f6054cacf958725674f007161d5!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

The Chinese Jade Master

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/7382ae10a1fb774587256abb007e9e40!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

On Tolerance -- The Day The Music Died

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/discussion.nsf/By+Topic/985db0e237fad2b487256aac0073d3fb?Open

Creator & Creation - Monsieur Donc Dieu Existe Répondez!

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/cf303cfeb7669ea887256ab400741f3d!OpenDocument

On Slavery - No One Can Take My Freedom Away

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/af70354b223d35cd87256a9f00017943!OpenDocument

Women & Religious Discrimination - The Man Eater

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/590ad325c5c36a4b87256a97006ec09a!OpenDocument

How Do Communities Die: Story of Mary March

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/73aa5cf58a060e1f87256a90006bef61!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

On Capital Punishment - Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/5061cc617ee9f6e387256a6a004b5113!OpenDocument&Highlight=0

Is God's Love Barbaric - To Moscow Chics He Was A Lovely Dear

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/discussion.nsf/3d8d6eacce83bad8872564280070c2b3/1b7fdf63ce84f8f387256a670074b378!OpenDocument&Highlight=0


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