Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist and author of The God Delusion, claimed on Twitter today that some types of rape and paedophilia as "worse" than others.
He began his Twitter tirade to his 980,000 followers by saying that you can compare and rank the severity of a crime, but still endorse neither. He added that if you disagree with this, you're not "logically" thinking.
Next, Dawkins used paedophilia as an example to prove his point. Dawkins did not clarify what he considers "mild" or "violent".
He then went on to use rape as an example, saying that "stranger rape" is worse than "date rape", but adds that he is not endorsing either.
At this point, Twitter users began requesting that Dawkins “provide a list categorising the severity of rapes".
Please, stop talking about rape.
Dawkins emphasised that what he is doing is merely ranking the severity of a crime on a scale.
He ended the tirade by saying that it is just a "matter of opinion."
Dawkins then began retweeting tweets from people who agreed with his thinking, although this summary received almost 1,000 re-tweets: