Well, I guess he’ll live.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s best-known and outspoken atheists, has provoked outrage among child protection agencies and experts after suggesting that recent child abuse scandals have been overblown.
In an interview in The Times magazine on Saturday (Sept. 7), Dawkins, 72, he said he was unable to condemn what he called “the mild pedophilia” he experienced at an English school when he was a child in the 1950s.
Referring to his early days at a boarding school in Salisbury, he recalled how one of the (unnamed) masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts.”
He said other children in his school peer group had been molested by the same teacher but concluded: “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”
“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,” he said.
Good. I was getting sick of his George W. Bush routine.
Because no middle school student has ever heard the word ass:
CUMBERLAND – Author Meg Medina’s appearance at a school has been canceled due to her new book’s controversial title.
Her latest young adult novel, “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” is the story of girl’s unraveling as she navigates being in the crosshairs of a bully.
Medina says it’s an open and honest look at not only the act of bullying, but the ripple effect it causes in young people’s lives.
“Unfortunately bullying isn’t a pretty thing and it involves ugly words…scary words,” she says. “I wanted to write about the experience honestly for the kids. And I wanted to speak to them honestly.
Medina was originally invited to speak as part of an anti-bullying event at Cumberland Middle School, but she was later told she would not be able to say or show her books title, show a picture of the cover or use “coarse language” during the presentation.
“There’s nothing in the cover that doesn’t reflect the essence of the book which is these are the horrible things that are happening. These are the ways that we’re hurting each other.”
But after school officials saw a trailer for the book containing other words, Medina was asked not to come altogether.