DENVER – A new law requiring people to report elderly abuse will go into effect July 1. The elderly are often targets for physical and financial-exploitation crimes. ...Everyone has an opinion about what is or is not abuse. Here is Richard Dawkins', the world's most famous atheist scientist:
Starting July 1, it is mandatory for many people who work with or for the elderly to report abuse within 24 hours. The law defines elderly as anyone 70 years old or older.
He was asked whether parents who instil in their children a belief in God are subjecting them to a form of child abuse.Religion is one area where parents are entitled to teach their beliefs to their kids, even if others say that those beliefs are fairy tales.
Dawkins wouldn’t be drawn - he wouldn’t go that far.
'To call it testament to child abuse would be a bit strong, but when you tell a child to mind their Ps and Qs otherwise they’ll roast in hell then that is tantamount to child abuse,' he said.
However, last year Dawkins made the comparison of teaching religion without questioning was the same as child abuse.
He said he was against the 'indoctrination of religion' and teaching it as fact.
Professor Dawkins, a biologist who revolutionised the theory of evolution with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, added that he thought it was still important to teach children about different faiths.
During his talk at the Cheltenham Science festival, he also shared memories from his prep school years which were dominated by bullying, cold showers and bruises.
He revealed that a master at the school once 'put a hand down his shorts.'
The atheist writer and intellectual has previously sparked fury by suggesting the recent spate of child sex abuse scandals has been overblown.
The 'God Delusion' author said that such incidents should not be judged by modern standards.