Sci-fi writer David Mitchell, who is currently at the centre of a storm of controversy over his anti-religious views, is accused of promoting the views of a cult of personality, the Anti Intellectualist Association (AIA).
The group, which promotes “anti-intellect” and “anti social media”, claims that Mitchell has promoted a “culture of hate” against atheists, and is promoting a “cult of personality” in his work.
In a recent Facebook post, AIA chief executive and executive director Richard Dawkins said Mitchell’s views on religion and atheism were “insulting and offensive”.
Mitchell has responded to Dawkins’s accusations on social media by claiming he is “not a racist, homophobic or misogynist”.
“I have been attacked, harassed and called names for writing about atheism, but I am not racist, sexist or homophobic,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.
“I am an atheist who believes in freedom of speech, but who has a clear stance against the cult of the ‘intellectual’.” Mitchell was also the subject of a complaint by AIA’s director of communications, who alleged Mitchell has “a history of publishing articles critical of the AIA”.
The letter, sent by Dawkins to Mitchell, also said that Mitchell “has previously attacked religious faith in his writings”.
“Your work has a history of being offensive, hateful and offensive to people who believe in atheism and the free exchange of ideas,” Dawkins wrote.
“It is not uncommon to read your work for the sole purpose of undermining the very people who hold you in such high regard.”
Mitchell’s latest article, published on February 11, said atheists have “nothing to fear from the state”.
It also stated that, although atheists “can be the target of abuse and hostility, we will always have the power to change the culture of hatred and oppression that the state seeks to impose on us”.
Mitchell, a self-proclaimed atheist, told the Australian Financial Review in February that “the most important thing about atheists is that we are not stupid, we can see through their lies and see their hypocrisy”.
“So if you want to be an atheist, you can’t be stupid and you can see their lies,” he said.
“They can’t lie to you.
They can’t do anything.
They’re all liars.”
Mitchell was accused of “misleading” his readers with his article and accused of having a “fantastic cult of persona” after a recent article by The Australian.
The AIA has accused Mitchell of promoting a cult by stating that he believes “anti intellectualism” is a cult.
The letter from Dawkins also alleged that Mitchell promotes “a cult of victimhood”, and “a culture of fear” by “fostering hatred towards anyone who has different beliefs from his own”.
Dawkins, who has been known to refer to Mitchell as “an intellectual”, wrote that Mitchell’s “trolls are not just trolls.
They are the intellectual equivalents of the real bullies in our society”.
Dawkins also questioned whether Mitchell was “an atheist in real life”.
He also wrote that “it is very difficult to find a rational position on a subject that involves religious faith”.
In response, Mitchell wrote on Facebook that Dawkins’s criticism was “totally baseless and false”.
He said Dawkins was wrong on many issues, but that Dawkins was “a troll”.
He wrote: “I do not see religion as a cult and I would not want a cult in my life.”
Mitchell told the Financial Review that he was “not in the position to defend myself”.
He told the publication that he did not know Dawkins personally, and that “all I knew is that he is a crank who likes to write about the Bible”.
“But I will not be silenced. “
I will fight back.” “
But I will not be silenced.
I will fight back.”
Mitchell is now receiving a defamation notice from Dawkins, which will “set an example for those who think they can make a living out of a troll.”
Dawkins said that the AIE would be happy to provide a response.
“We are going to provide you with a response to this letter, and we hope that it will be published, in its entirety, so you can read what it says,” he told the newspaper.
“What we have to do is prove that you have a right to write in this way.”
Dawkins, however, said he would “not tolerate” any “offensive or inaccurate material” on his website.