Prof Dawkins is due to attend the faith-themed Faclan Hebridean Book Festival in Stornoway in November. Christianity is still a central part of island life on Lewis, with most of the island’s services, shops and businesses closed on a Sunday. So, you can imagine the reaction Dawkins expects to receive.
The Lord’s Day Observance Society (LDOS)said it was amazed by the invitation, calling it ‘hypocritical’. President of the group, John Roberts, said:
“He has got a name for himself and being invited to a place like the Western Isles, which is a stronghold Presbyterian area, I just find it amazing he should be invited to a place like that.
“He has a personality that has reached certain heights but it just shows how gullible people are when so much of what he says can be torn to pieces.
Really? Torn to pieces? I can’t wait to see Dawkins being torn to pieces by some theists. After all, it hasn’t happened yet, so would surely be a true ‘miracle’
Ironically, the press being given to the boycott is probably doing more to promote the event and Dawkins’ attendance than would otherwise have happened, so I’m hopeful that some of the local’s (probably closeted) freethinkers turn up in support and a show of strength.
‘Boycotting’ atheists is typical of fundamentalist behaviour. After all, why would people like that want their diminishing congregations to be subjected to honesty and reason?