by PhilipJ on 17 June 2008
On Twitter, anyway. Twitter is a venue for “microblogging”, or posting, in 140 characters or less, some commentary. That Richard Dawkins signed up for an account at all is interesting, but last night his account was evidently hacked by a self-proclaimed Christian to try to reach some of Dawkins’ followers. Before it gets cleaned up, here’s a screenshot of the page as of this morning:
If that’s a bit too small to read, here it is reproduced (in non-140 character-limited form):
While I still have 1700 of you paying attention, I just wanted to say: Whatever you believe, respect others beliefs. It’s not wrong to be kind to people who don’t believe the same as you. You don’t have to be militant atheists. People who claim to be Christians can be hypocrites, but they’re just people, and all people make mistakes. Try to be good to one another. That is my message of peace to all of you. Love one another. It’s ok. Consider that being hostile towards others has never won any followers. Richard Dawkins is just an old man trying to leave behind a legacy. Just like I, a Chrisitan do not follow Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, don’t be mislead by someone just because they share your belief system. It’s easy to be against people who are different than you, but try not to be like that. Take the high road, unlike RD.
Very strange. I don’t find Richard Dawkins to be particularly hateful towards people who are religious, even in The God Delusion (despite the somewhat inflammatory title).
If you want to see what happens next, you can follow Dawkins’ on Twitter here.