Are such atrocities linked to religion or just to human nature?
Dawkins: It’s not just human nature. You are probably thinking of Stalin, who developed a kind of atheist, totalitarian, Marxist religion. But he was not motivated by atheism, which is very different. Crusaders were motivated by religion. The September 11th hijackers were motivated by religion. The wars in the Middle East as well. So were many of the wars in Europe, but not all, not the First and Second World Wars. There is a logical path that leads from religious faith to very bad things like violence and wars. And this is logical when we accept the premise that we are dealing with the will of God. For the hijackers of September 11, that was good logic. I do not think that there is a logical path from atheism to such atrocities. What are you doing in Pirenópolis? Dawkins: I am participating in the annual conference of the Animal Behavior Society, which is paying tribute to me. It’s the first meeting of the Society in Latin America. I am very honored to be so recognized and so I accept