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  • ray b
    Mar 3, 2010
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      Quote: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
      inspired them."

      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
      ANUS News

      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.


      About ANUS

      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