Because the [religious] moderates are so nice we all are brought up with the idea that there’s something good about religious faith. That there’s something good about bringing children up to have a faith.
Which means to believe something without evidence and without the need for justifying it.
They’re entitled simply to say, “Oh, that’s my faith, I believe it, you’re not allowed to question it and you’re not allowed to ask me why I hold it.”
Once you teach people that that’s a legitimate reason for believing something then you as it were give a licence to the extremists who say, “My belief is that I’m supposed to be a suicide bomber or I’m supposed to blow up buildings – it’s my faith and you can’t question that.”
Richard Dawkins, speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Richard Dawkins, “Joint statement by Ophelia Benson and Richard Dawkins”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (2006) | via NonStampCollector, “Dawkins destroys”
Playboy: So you don’t completely rule out the idea of a supreme being. Critics see that as leaving an opening.
Dawkins: You can think so, if you think there’s an opening for the tooth fairy.
Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins, 20 August 2012