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  1. More than wishing happy birthday to Richard, should we not promote the further formal recognition of his contribution in the mainstream? For instance petition for .

    1. A knighthood in the UK

    2 , A candidature for a Nobel Prize

    If this Foundation does not take initiatives in this regard, who will?

    • In reply to #10 by catphil:

      A knighthood in the UK

      Bestowed by someone whose official title is Defender of the Faith, of course, and whose only reason for enjoying the position she and her family of inbreds do is because it was ordained by God centuries ago.

      Richard is an anti-establishment figure; that’s his appeal, at least for me. I have a lot of respect for those who are offered knighthoods and turn them down — it’s just about the coolest thing someone in the public eye can do as far as I’m concerned. Danny Boyle, L. S. Lowry, Robert Morley, Henry Moore, David Bowie, Stephen Fry (not officially, just what I believe: if Baldrick was given one it’s a stone cold certainty that Stephen was offered one)…

      No knighthood for Richard Dawkins. Not now, not ever.

      Edit: even if it does mean he never gets to join the illustrious ranks whose members have included Jimmy Savile, Robert Mugabe, Fred Goodwin, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Benito Mussolini, Cliff Richard…

      • In reply to #11 by Katy Cordeth:

        In reply to #10 by catphil:

        A knighthood in the UK

        Bestowed by someone whose official title is Defender of the Faith, of course, and whose only reason for enjoying the position she and her family of inbreds do is because it was ordained by God centuries ago.

        Richard is an anti-establishment figur…

        I did not even thought of Knightwood as you have put it, and even liked the previous comment, but I think you are right.

        • In reply to #15 by maria melo:

          In reply to #11 by Katy Cordeth:

          In reply to #10 by catphil:

          A knighthood in the UK

          I have often wondered why Richard has not already been nominated for knighthood. I would nominate him for his wondrous services to the public understanding of science. Although he may not be a monarchist (the queen doesn’t choose who gets knighted anyway), just think of it as a thanks from me and the nation for making me and many others a lot less ignorant of science than we were before and spawning a desire to learn.

          Lets put to the side it’s its historical connection with the church as I think in the next generation, I see it moving away from religion to become more secular.

          Don’t think of it as a gift from the Queen or the Church, think if it as a recognition from us, the people, the nation.

          Sir Richard Dawkins has a lovely ring to it, dontcha think?

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          Bestowed by someone whose official title is Defender of the Faith, of course, and whose only reason for enjoying the position she and her family of inbreds do is because it was ordained by God centuries ago.

          Rich…

    • In reply to #10 by catphil:

      More than wishing happy birthday to Richard, should we not promote the further formal recognition of his contribution in the mainstream? For instance petition for .

      A knighthood in the UK

      2 , A candidature for a Nobel Prize

      If this Foundation does not take initiatives in this regard, who wil…

      And the Nobel Prize should be the Peace prize, for attempting to remove the malicious influence of religion from decision making around the world.

    • In reply to #10 by catphil:

      More than wishing happy birthday to Richard, should we not promote the further formal recognition of his contribution in the mainstream? For instance petition for .

      A knighthood in the UK

      I second that!!!
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      2 , A candidature for a Nobel Prize

      And that too!!!
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      If this Foundation does not take initiatives in this regard, who wil…

  2. I was suggesting that Richard be offered/nominated for a knighthood and a Nobel prize. It would be up to him to accept or refuse the award. He might , like several ( e.g. Alan Bennett for a knighthood, JP Sartre for the Nobel) refuse, as no doubt he would the more lucrative Templeton prize.

  3. I was suggesting that Richard be offered/nominated for a knighthood and a Nobel prize. It would be up to him to accept or refuse the award. He might , like several ( e.g. Alan Bennett for a knighthood, JP Sartre for the Nobel) refuse, as no doubt he would the more lucrative Templeton prize.

  4. Some knighted atheists. (OK its a very short list and you may not like all of their work but they do exist and I don’t see them as hypocrites)

    Fred Hoyle,
    Mick Jagger,
    Elton John,
    Salman Rushdie,

    That was a 2 min search. Can anyone post any other worthy recipients?

  5. For those interested here is the e-petition proposed by Mr.David Mumford

    Knighthood for Richard Dawkins

    Richard Dawkins is an acclaimed author, speaker, educator, scientist and TV presenter. He is one of the most famous people on the planet and has influenced millions of people’s thinking about science evolution and religion. He is greatly admired by other celebrities, such as Sir David Attenborough and ranks alongside other great scientists such as Charles Darwin and Steven Hawkins. It is obvious that Richard Dawkins should be Knighted for his contribution to knowledge about the world and our place in it. I therefore urge the government to recommend this to Her Majesty the Queen as soon as it is convenient.

    This e-petition has been rejected on procedural grounds : ” e-petitions cannot include information about honours or appointments.

    But there are many other ways to promote this outcome.

  6. Happy birthday Richard, you have made my list of the most important people in human history;

    1. Charles Darwin for studying and publishing reality
    2. John Lennon for making reality cool
    3. Richard Dawkins for endorsing and continuing the fight on behalf of reality
  7. Hot damn! I posted a birthday wish on Richard’s Twitter account, but forgot to post it here, too!

    Happy birthday to my favorite science writer, who constantly reminds us that “Sam’s gone.” :)

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