Richard Dawkins is a great scientist and communicator. His The Selfish Gene, and The Blind Watchmaker were both very important to my intellectual development. I’ve seen him speak a few times on television and have always been impressed. I have also appreciated his unreserved criticisms of religious thinking.
But, it appears that he is a moral and political idiot.
Take a look his letter to President Bush (fourth one down). I’d consider fisking it, but The World has already done an excellent job of that.
It’s very sad when an intellectual hero disappoints so dramatically.