11871Richard Dawkins censors A.N.U.S.
- Mar 3, 2010Quote:Professor Richard Dawkins is embroiled in a bitter online battle over
plans to rid his popular internet forum for atheists of foul language, insults
and "frivolous gossip".
The prominent atheist faced a torrent of abuse from outraged fans after he
announced that all further postings to the discussion forum on his website would
be tightly moderated to ward off what he called "something rotten" in internet
"Imagine seeing your face described by an anonymous poster as a `slack-jawed
turd-in-the-mouth mug," he wrote in a blog titled "Outrage" on
"Surely there has to be something wrong with people who can resort to such
over-the-top language, overreacting so spectacularly to something so trivial."
He said tighter moderation would improve the tenor of discussion on the
website. "The forum is going to be more tightly controlled and will be under
more central control. So it won't be available for anyone who wants to sound off
Prof Dawkins had also been described as "a suppurating rat's rectum inside a
dead skunk", he said. Another user had expressed "a sudden urge to ram a fistful
of nails" down his throat.
The cloak of anonymity under which many users contributed to discussions had
allowed a culture of abuse and foul language to develop that would not be
possible if they identified themselves, he said.
The discussion section is one of the internet's busiest atheist forums,
attracting 3,000 postings per day on subjects including science, religion and
But Prof Dawkins now faces a backlash from fans who are unwilling to be
"A lot of people have lost respect for Dawkins after this, although I do
still support the work that he does," Peter Harrison, a former moderator of the
website, told The Times.
"Thousands of loyal, intelligent, rational forum members have been
misrepresented as a bunch of foul-mouthed, vitriolic thugs by the man who so
Another former fan said: "It may sound ridiculous to those not involved with
online communities, but I feel hurt and displaced. It was like coming home to
find the locks have been changed. My respect for Richard's work is still intact
but my respect for him as a person is in tatters."
Christian groups have seized on the row as evidence that the Dawkins
community is not as free-thinking as it makes out.
ANUS provokes censorship on Richard Dawkins Forum
Famous Atheist Forces Lackeys to Cover Up Unpopular Truths
January 30, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CA (News of Nihilism, NON) -- Upset at being usurped in its
position of contrarian atheism, the Richard Dawkins publicity agency began
publically censoring ANUS activists from its websites.
Richard Dawkins, the brand and meme, makes money for its owners by being seen as
an extreme alternative to the mainstream belief in God, and this brand is
threatened by the presence of even more extreme realists.
The nihilists of ANUS not only reject the idea of a personalitied God, but
suggest an order to the universe based in natural selection of better abstract
designs, or "idealism." In comparison, Dawkin's flailing answerless rejection of
God is a paltry substitute for an ideology, and makes his followers look like
lost angry sheep.
By rejecting not only false notions of God, but false notions of how reality is
constructed, ANUS has surpassed the ultimate taboo: they affirm reality in
itself. Among their many blasphemies against the pretense of the masses, they
endorse natural selection for moron removal, ethnic nationalism for cultural
preservation, socialism to enforce better quality technology instead of better
profit margins, recognition of homosexuality and monogamy as equally natural,
legalization of drugs, the necessity of conflict and the need for leadership
based on actuality and not the utilitarian principle of feeding a crowd bread,
circuses and pleasant illusions.
Like the other sheep, Dawkins and his followers want to pick a partial truth of
reality and use it as their symbol of righteous anger, while ignoring what is
needed to fix the decline of Western civilization and with it humanity's global
fortunes. As a result, they invent "moral" objections to ANUS that are as
pompous as the proclamations of any Pope or Priest, and are forced into
hand-wringing censorship when the impotence of their position is revealed.
The American Nihilist Underground Society advocates nihilism, or a removal of
interpretive layers from our perception of physical reality, as a means of
transcending illusion. Nihilism denies value and purpose, which are byproducts
of the human desire to judge reality and make a consensual "social reality" that
by seizing on a single material factor misses the intelligible, or design-based,
knowledge we need to adapt to reality. ANUS has been promoting nihilism since