At a recent debate with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Dawkins shockingly revealed that he holds a gene-centric view of how natural selection operates.
After being asked whether he believes the organism is the basic unit of selection, Dawkins replied, "Well no, I rather think the gene is the basic unit of selection."
The philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny, who chaired the discussion, interjected: “Why don’t you call yourself a geneticist?”
An incredulous Sir Anthony replied: “You are described as the world’s most famous zoologist.”
Later asked for comment, Dawkins replied, "I don't really understand what the surprise is. After all, this was basically the point of perhaps my most or second most famous book, The Selfish Gene. The next thing you know the headlines will be blaring about some point or other that I had already made explicit in The God Delusion."
Religious leaders later characterized Dawkins' reaction as "strident", "militant", and "exactly as bad as the 9/11 hijackers." "Faith traditions have a very long tradition of mischaracterizing Dawkins and leveling unfair criticisms at him," said Catholic League spokesman Bill Donohue. "By attempting to correct these misconceptions, he has sullied the beliefs of literally billions of believers."
"Why can't he just shut the fuck up and take it," added Baroness Warsi.
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