‘To hell with their culture’ – Richard Dawkins in extraordinary blast at Muslims

TOP academic and atheist Richard Dawkins has attacked western society’s relaxed attitude to radical Islam in an extraordinary outburst.


Dawkins has been criticised for the comment aimed at Muslims

The British scientist was appearing on a live TV chat show in the United States when he blasted “to hell with their culture” when referring to some practices in Islam, such as women being made to wear burkhas.

Dawkins was appearing on the Bill Maher’s HBO show and the pair were debating regressive liberals and, in particular, universities banning those with extreme views from giving lectures.

The conversation turned to Islam when Dawkins criticised those afraid to confront the religion on some of its extreme practices, saying the religion was being given a “free pass”.

The 74-year-old said: “There’s this notion Islam and Muslims are this protected species.

“That if we talk about them at all or criticise at all, it’s somehow hurting or humiliating Muslims. It’s a ridiculous idea.”

Host Maher then added liberals should protect those who are being repressed regardless of who it offends.

He went on to say this includes women forced to wear religious clothing, which led to Dawkins extraordinary comment.

Maher said: “We’re on the side of the women’s movement and poor and minorities and whatever. Gay people, the disabled, the abused, whatever Caitlyn (Jenner) is up to. We’re all for it. 

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The scientist also said Islam is given a “free pass” due to racism fears


Maher and Dawkins were discussing ‘regressive liberals’ in the TV show

“And they (liberals) applaud that but if you say something about a woman being forced to wear a beekeeper suit in the hot sun all protected Captureday…”

Dawkins then took over saying: “But that’s ‘their culture’ and you have to accept it. It’s the one exception. Liberal about everything but this one exception, ‘it’s their culture’. 

“Well, to hell with their culture.”

Dawkins went on to say Islam had a “free pass”  because of the “terror of being thought racist” if the religion is criticised.

He added: “It’s confused with racism. An incredible number of people think Islam is a race.

“And so they think if you criticise Islam you’re being racist.”

Social media erupted over the conversation, with some criticising the strong use of language against Muslims.

@MarceAriasSouto said: “This is just anti-Muslim bigotry. @billmaher was always a buffoon. Dawkins is becoming one.”

@vcw42 wrote: “Usually such attitude comes from ones conservative ignorance. In this case it’s Bill’s liberal arrogance. #nothelping”

Others spoke out in support of the pair.@ibrahimsapien said: “Given the context in which it was said, I agree. And I used to be Muslim.

“There has to be objective absolute standards of human rights. No allowance for abuses just because they’re labeled ‘culture’.

“That was his point. If your culture allows for wife beating or marital rape, ‘to hell with your culture’. Is that so bad?”

Maher and Dawkins started the discussing by criticising universities for banning extreme speakers. 

That was sparked by the news former Muslim Maryam Namazie had a visit to Warwick University cancelled.


Dawkins said it ridiculed the whole ethos of universities.He said: “At the university I went to, the University of California at Berkeley, we had the free speech movement in the 1960s. 

“What a betrayal we’re seeing now with campuses all over America and Britain denying people the right to speak.


Twitter hit out at Dawkins comments after the show

“If you can’t speak your mind at a university campuses where can you? That’s what universities are about. 

“They’re about free speech, they’re about being exposed to ideas you haven’t met before or are perhaps hostile to.

“If you only get exposed to ideas you agree with what kind of a university would that be.”

source : Daily Express



  1. Ian McBryde

    Good on you Richard! Even if we could tolerate that horrible sharia, they would certainly not tolerate us, once they get the numbers – fairly soon at the current rate.

  2. Barkaroo

    And he’s right…that’s what their attitude towards us are…to hell with our culture…so to hell with theirs…

  3. Jazz

    It is not only the Burka , the problem facing women living in a Muslim society is that of intolerance and cruellity , where she is beaten if she gives her opinion , women are treated no better then a pet dog , homosexual’s are jailed and put to death , women in Middle Eastern countries cannot walk the street alone for fear of being raped and brutalised , and animals are treated with cruellity …this is a reality , and for people to condone a religion and people with zero Tolorence towards others , they are showing they own ignorance to this culture , after spending time in these countries I know a little of their culture and their laws first hand…

    • paulywido

      When they allow Christianity and Christian Churches in Saudi then perhaps I will start to believe in moderate Moslems and a peaceful and tolerant ideology …. but that is about as likely as the Tooth Fairy being real!

  4. Ian McBryde

    Most religions ignore the ‘Golden Rule’, being much less tolerant than they profess but Islam does not even pretend; Golden Rule is never present in the Quran or in Islam.

  5. Imran

    Dick Dawkins just proved he is a dick. Muslims do not make women wear burka. It’s a woman’S CHOICE to wear it or not. However, predominantly white maybe Christian men are forcing women not to wear a piece of dress as you might have heard or even seen videos of white men attacking hijab wearing women. That’s the greatness of the culture you belong to. He is lamenting the cancellation of a speech by a woman who left Islam , while you never invite a woman who converted to Islam. How has liberating women of Afghanistan worked for you.

    Muslims are sensitive to your attacks because their innocents are dying under your 10,000 LB bombs and depleted uranium bombs. More than a million were killed in just Iraq.

    As for Bill Maher , he is just a small minded comedian. His opinions and ideas can only be termed humorous.

    • Matt Begley

      It’s a woman’s choice to wear a Burka? Really? I call bullshit. Have you never heard or seen videos of so called Islamic “moral police”. Self appointed old zealots who walk the streets in many Islamic nations with canes ready to strike and beat anyone they disapprove of. Do you believe for one second that these psychotic old bastards would allow a Muslim woman to walk around in western garb or unaccompanied by a male family member? Of course the desire to not be shunned, beaten or killed for shaming their family is, I suppose, a choice. A culture which blames and punishes a woman for being raped while the rapist(s) go free is evil and should be left in the dust of shameful human history where it belongs. Your absurd claim that Islam peaceful and encourages freedom of choice is not supported by facts. Islam demands world domination and is striving for that goal at this very moment. Judaism and Christianity, were no different in the past than current Islam. They all want to convert or destroy anyone or anything which contradicts their delusions. The fact that you actually defend Islam as if it is beneficial and innocent of wrong doing and a religion where everyone is free to choose, shows you to be delusional as well.
      I do not defend the illegal invasion of Iraq and the atrocities committed in wartime by those under the command of our unethical government officials and the greed driven sociopathic corporate CEOs and other wealthy elite whom they serve.
      All Abrahamic Death Cults, Judaism, Christianity and Islam have retarded the advancement of mankind for thousands of years by accepting and promoting the ramblings of insane goat herders as factual and the “only true words of your god”. If one takes the time to research the religious history of our species one discovers that all gods are fictional characters which happen to be a direct reflection of the culture which fabricated them.

  6. Barbara Sullivan

    He is only saying what everyone thinks it is not a race so not racist sick to death of all the cow towing to them something I would never do so well said Sir

  7. Noorbashar Khan

    I find it strange why the Muslim is always defensive in such cases where ignorant people express their views. All people have a right to express their views , criticize what they disagree with . However , insults are not to be accepted from anyone .
    Truth cannot be hidden , no matter how powerful you are . Truth will always shine through .

    • paulywido

      Noorbashar , might I respectfully ask you to revisit your unholy Qur’an and read the following verses and then tell me Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance >>>Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. – Sura 2:98

      On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. – Sura 2:161

      Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. – 2:191

      Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme. (different translation: ) Fight them until there is no persecution and the religion is God’s entirely. – Sura 2:193 and 8:39

      Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. – 2:216
      (different translation: ) Prescribed for you is fighting, though it is hateful to you.

  8. Noorbashar Khan

    Why are the Muslims playing into their plan by commenting on their ignorant views . Let the QURAN & THE SAHIH SUNNAH OF RASOOLULLAH SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES . DON’T BE DEFENSIVE ALL THE TIME . MOVE AWAY FROM IGNORANT PEOPLE & THEY WILL DIE OUT .

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