A Bit on Richard Dawkins and Sarah Palin Clashing In Social Media Concerning Down’s Syndrome
Richard Dawkins, the acclaimed atheist ethologist from Oxford University stirred up a cyclone of controversy on social media with a Twitter posting on the morality of aborting a Down’s Syndrome child in-utero. When someone commented that she would not know what she would do if she were pregnant with a child having an extra chromosome, Dawkins doubled down on his “progressive position”. Dawkins answering like “Dear Abby (the atheist edition)” wrote: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.” So abortion was not only an option for “The God Delusion” author, Dawkins demands that it is immoral for women to deliver a child afflicted with Down’s Syndrome.
Reading Dawkins declarations closely, it is quite revealing of his weltanschauung. As an atheist, Dawkins does not draw from any moral compass. So it is not surprising that he liberally latches unto “an individual woman’s right to choose. Later referring to a fetus as “it”, Dawkins detaches personhood from an unborn child. Dawkins pontificating that the only moral choice is to kill a defective child ought to please both Social Darwinists (survival of the fittest) and the ironically named humanists (the banner which binds British atheists activists).
It did not take long for former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) to respond to Dawkin’s dialectic. Palin famously campaigned for Vice President in 2008 with her young son Trig, who has Down’s Syndrome. Palin took her seven years of experience being a mother of a Down’s Syndrome Child when she reached out to Richard Dawkins via Facebook.
. Palin’s folksy riposte to Dawkins displays a positive sense of humanity that the learned professor lacks. In addition, Ms. Palin’s Facebook posting alludes to her Down’s Syndrome child as having a unique kind of absolute beauty.
Even though Dawkins may have coined the concept of memes, however Sarah Palin has perfected the social media tactic.