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UK atheist Richard Dawkins caused outrage from many quarters due to some tweets he made last week.
The Independent in England reported it this way:
But after engaging in conversation with a number of users, his ethical values appeared to come a little unstuck.So this report refers to Dawkins’s “ethical values.” Now I don’t deny that an atheist like Richard Dawkins may have a set of “ethical values”—but they are just his subjective opinions in his meaningless and purposeless universe with no absolute standards. As an atheist, he cannot claim that anyone else should have the same so-called “ethical values” as himself.
“994 human beings with Down's Syndrome deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012. Is that civilised?” @AidanMcCourt asked.
“Yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings,” Dawkins responded.
“I honestly don't know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma,” @InYourFaceNYer chimed in.
“Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice,” he tweeted back.
And that’s the important point we all need to understand here. Why should people who are not Christians and don’t build their thinking on the Word of God be outraged at all by his statement that if a woman found she was pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome, then she should “Abort it and try again” because “It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice”?
Here are two secular news reports—including one from our local TV station—on these statements by Richard Dawkins: