Anyone who publishes a rebuttal to any of Dawkins’ books will be branded as a flea. From his own site:
Many “parasitic” authors have released books which use Richard’s name or titles to sell their own books …
So any critique is dismissed as “parasitic”.
The latest book given that status is Jonathan Sarfati’s The Greatest Hoax on Earth: Refuting Dawkins on Evolution. It’s a soundly-based, scholarly rebuttal of Dawkins’ straw-man arguments against creation in his The Greatest Show on Earth.
By calling it a flea, they attack the man and avoid facing the scientific problems.
The comments on Dawkins’ site show that his fans aren’t interested in the arguments either:
- Oh no! A chessmaster!
- How humble of the author to put a question mark at the end of his title!
- We should have all pitched in and bought Richard a 50 gallon drum of flea powder for his birthday.
- Jonathan Sarfati isn’t worthy of the label “flea”. He’s more like the fungal infection that sometimes infests fleas.
The irony is that by this definition, Dawkins falls into the category of “flea” with respect to the best-selling book of all time—the Bible.