HE ACTUALLY SAID THAT

Richard Dawkins: Pedophilia’s OK

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A little pedophilia is fine, says Richard Dawkins. In an interview with the Times magazine, the English ethologist and famed atheist says past stories of touching children shouldn’t be condemned. Dawkins bases his hideous assertion on his own experience of his headmaster putting “his hands inside my shorts.” The event, Dawkins says, didn't cause “lasting harm,” so it should be dismissed. “I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it,” he said. The Internet is, understandably, in an uproar about the comments—which child welfare specialists have deemed outrageous.