Renowned biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins said this week that creationist parents had no right to usurp the rights of children, who needed to be “protected” from religion.
In an interview with The Irish Times, Dawkins said that “the balance has swung too far towards parents.”
“And children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education, and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to be brought up in,” he pointed out.
Physicist Lawrence Krauss, who founded Arizona State University’s Origins Project and was in Dublin with Dawkins, added that state education had to be held to different standards than private schools.
“If the state is going to provide education, it has an obligation to try and educate children,” he said. “That means parents have a limited — it seems to me — limited rights in determining what the curriculum is. The state is providing the education, it’s trying to make sure all children have equal opportunity.”
“And parents of course have concerns and a say, but they don’t have the right to shield their children from knowledge,” Krauss continued. “That’s not a right any more than they have the right to shield their children from health care or medicine.”
“And those parents that do that are often tried and imprisoned when they refuse to allow their children to get blood transfusions or whatever is necessary for their health. And this is necessary for their mental health.”
According to The Irish Times, Dawkins later told an audience at Trinity College Dublin that it was highly improbable that Earth contained the only life in the universe, but people were “entitled to believe” what they wanted.
If life did exist, Dawkins said that “the one thing I will put my shirt on is that it will be Darwinian life.”
“Put flying saucers out of your mind,” he advised. “It’s far more likely that we would discover it by radio than we would be visited.”
Watch the video below from The Irish Times.
Giuliani henchmen caught on tape doing statewide tour for Indiana Republicans during 2018 election
New images of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman with prominent Republicans emerged on Wednesday.
"Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns attended an Indiana Republican event promoting U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others just days before the 2018 election," the Indy Star reports.
"The reason remains a mystery," the newspaper noted.
‘Be very scared’: GOP lawmaker warns Americans that they could be impeached too
Rep. Earl Leroy "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) fearmongered against the impeachment inquiry during remarks to reporters on Wednesday.
"Ladies and gentlemen, if a government can do this to the President of the United States, they can do this to you as well," he argued.
Under the United States Constitution, only people who work for the federal government can be impeached, with the penalty being the loss of their job.
Still, Carter argued that Americans should be terrified of being impeached themselves.
"You need to be scared," Carter warned. "You need to be very scared."
Bill Barr is ‘obligated to recuse’ himself from Ukraine investigation — or resign: NYC Bar Association
The attorney general of the United States has an obligation to recuse himself from any Department of Justice matters stemming from the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, the New York City Bar Association said in a statement on Wednesday.
"The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has a unique role in safeguarding the rule of law under the Constitution. By failing to recuse himself from DOJ’s review of the Ukraine Matter, Attorney General William P. Barr has undermined that role," the statement read.