LATEST BLOG
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Welcome to Matt Ridley's Blog
Matt Ridley is the author of provocative books on evolution, genetics and society. His books have sold over a million copies, been translated into thirty languages, and have won several awards.

Please note that this blog no longer accepts comments (there was too much spam coming in!). If you're reading this blog and want to respond then please use the contact form on the site.

You can also follow me on twitter.

Nobody mentioned the Spanish Inquisition

 

Lord (Chris) Patten, new chairman of the BBC Trust, has been sounding off, militantly, at the militancy of atheists.

He scored a bit of an own goal, though, with this remark:

``It is curious that atheists have proved to be so intolerant of those who have a faith," he said. "Their books would be a lot shorter if they couldn't refer to the Spanish Inquisition, but it is them who tend to have a level of Castillian intolerance about them.''

Richard Dawkins replies (in an email to me, which he says I can quote):

The God Delusion would be precisely two sentences shorter: "In this book, I have deliberately refrained from detailing the horrors of the Crusades, the conquistadores or the Spanish Inquisition. Cruel and evil people can be found in every century and of every persuasion."