It’s become pretty clear lately that Richard Dawkins has a gaggle of trolls lined up, ready to jump at anything he says on twitter. Today he had something to say about an experience with the TSA:
This prompted Dawkins’ twitter critics to respond with ridicule and some odd statements. The hashtag #honeygate quickly manifested.
So people have their problems with Dawkins. I get that. What’s strange is people saying he should have known better and it’s no big deal.
Either these people are too young to remember the pre 9-11 world, or they’re just too wrapped up in their dislike of a little old English scientist to think rationally about any issue involving him.
Let’s get something straight. In 2001, a group of religious fanatics took something from us, or at least goaded us into taking it from ourselves. Anyone with a good idea of the score knows that, in a substantial way, Bin Laden got what he wanted, which was to bring the United States down a peg. Dawkins is doing a good thing by reminding us of it. We should keep it in mind, because the Patriot Act hasn’t gone anywhere. In fact, it looks to me like the world is still different in very many ways and we should keep thinking hard about what led up to that day and the events that followed, the religious violence and our subsequent willingness to let a cowboy run wild with the reigns of our country.
But hey. Let’s just shout him down and make fun of him. Let’s just say that he should have known better than to try to take a little jar of honey with him on a plane. Just get in line and shut up, old man.