[Richard] Dawkins, who is widely regarded as the most respected figure in atheism, is lending his voice to this event because he says freedom for atheists is “constantly under threat from people who would like to turn this country into some sort of a theocracy.”In all honesty, my initial reaction was that if Dawkins is really the most respected figure in atheism, we might be in trouble. I respect him for his scholarship in biology, and I have enjoyed the few of his books I've read. And while I think it is great that he'll be at the Reason Rally, I suppose it surprised me to think of him as the most respected figure in the atheist movement. Then again, I'm not sure who would be.
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