Smear Merchant

Giles Fraser, an apparently God-fearing person, has written a piece for the website Unherd about ‘sneering scientists’. He writes as follows about what he thinks about the attitude of scientists, mentioning the

‘…tradition well-established by another former Professor of the Public Understand of Science, Richard Dawkins. He famously denounced God as “a vindictive bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, a misogynistic, homophobic, genocidal, phillicidal, pestilential, meglomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully”. This too from the person paid to promote the public understanding of science: “Science is interesting and if you don’t agree you can fuck off.” ‘

The problem with that last quote is that Dawkins was actually quoting a former editor of New Scientist magazine. To get the Dawkins quote simply watch Dawkins say the words:

A bit of context, just for honesty, always helps

Fraser is deliberately misrepresenting Dawkins as a foul-mouthed, thuggish bully, and hoping his readers don’t spot it. I was looking about the Unherd website for something new written by Douglas Murray and saw it.

Smearing enemies is unfortunately common. But Giles Fraser must believe that God is aware of his smearing the great man, and either approves of the dishonesty or disapproves of it. He cannot think God is unaware. Why wasn’t he worried about punishment for his dishonesty?

This is the picture at the head of Giles Fraser’s Twitter account:


Very often the shop window is prettier than the stockroom.

1 thought on “Smear Merchant

  1. I am not a fan of Fraser, he stated that false rape claims ran at zero percent. As to Dawkins, Fraser of course is still in error. Theodicy, an all good God cannot be evil an all powerful God cannot be good. The “theology of Auschwitz” allows that God can have a dark heart.

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