‘Austerity fans religious sentiment,’ says Dawkins in Athens

Religion is an obstacle to reason, progress and human rights, British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins said during a speech in Athens late on Friday.

Speaking at The Hub venue, Dawkins, one of the leading voices of the so-called neo-atheist movement, said that austerity fans religious sentiment because when people lose their faith in humanity, they turn to metaphysics.

Accordingly, religious sentiment wanes in countries with strong welfare states, he said.