Sure, legendary British atheist Richard Dawkins might not like God enough to admit that He exists, but he does somewhat believe in God’s fixed designs for human sexuality, enough to get cancelled for it.
In response to Dawkins’ comments discrediting transgender ideology, the American Humanist Association (AHA) has revoked the influential British author’s “Humanist of the Year” award. Apparently humanism now is about championing the importance of people who try to rewrite the rules of reality.
Dawkins, the author of the watershed atheist book, The God Delusion, recently compared the perspective of trans people to the perspective of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who went viral in 2015 for identifying as a “black” woman. He criticized the culture for “vilifying” people who don’t accept that you are what you identify with.
In a recent tweet, Dawkins wrote, “In 2015, Rachel Dolezal, a white chapter president of NAACP, was vilified for identifying as Black. Some men choose to identify as women, and some women choose to identify as men. You will be vilified if you deny that they literally are what they identify as. Discuss.”
The very idea that the atheist compared trans people to Dolezal at all made libs insecure enough to pull out their cancel culture torches and pitchforks. Dolezal’s clearly not black, so to them he had insinuated that trans people were not what they said they were. On top of that, the fact that Dawkins pointed out that people who criticize trans identity get bullied – as if they had a right to that opinion – was another outrage.
Dawkins responded to backlash he received over the tweet:
Too bad, Mr. Dawkins, dumping on GOP fuddy duddies won’t save you this time. The American Humanist Association heard the cry of Dawkins’ critics and removed the award that they gave him 25 years ago. In a statement detailing their decision to “withdraw, effective immediately, the 1996 Humanist of the Year award,” the association claimed that Dawkins “accumulated a history of making statements that use the guise of scientific discourse to demean marginalised groups, an approach antithetical to humanist values.”
This “history” of Dawkins’ unwoke statements included a tweet from 2015, in which the author and evolutionary biologist asked:
Though, that isn’t affirmative of today’s lie that transgender women are in reality, women.
The AHA continued their smear of Dawkins, saying his recent tweet “implies that the identities of transgender individuals are fraudulent, while also simultaneously attacking Black identity as one that can be assumed when convenient.” Though the latter accusation is strange. It’s clear he was just using Dolezal’s example to point out the issue with trans ideology and not saying that Black identity could be “assumed.” Who would think that? When cancelling Dawkins, it seems that the AHA will use whatever sticks.