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TED Talk of Richard Dawkins Rallying Atheists

Free Resource - November 4th, 2010
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Richard Dawkins on Militant Atheism

In this TED talk, Oxford professor and author Richard Dawkins calls for atheists to step forward and join forces against religions unquestioned dominance of politics and culture. Dawkins argues that the majority of intelligentsia are atheists and yet in American political and social life their voices are seldom heard because of their reluctance to stand up for atheism. Dawkins suggests some alternatives to the taboo word atheist such as agnostic, humanist, naturalist, and he finally settles on "non-theist". Since 9/11 Dawkins feels it is time for all atheists to stop being respectful and to start being militant with their beliefs. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 download from the TED.com website.

Richard Dawkins on Militant Atheism

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