文抄:Unweaving the rainbow, p. 121.

“The London Daily Telegraph of 18 November 1997 reported that a self-styled exorcist who had persuaded a gullible teenage girl to have sex with him on the pretext of driving evil spirits from her body had been jailed for 18 months the day before. The man had shown the young woman some books on palmistry and magic, then told her that she was ‘jinxed: someone had put bad luck on her’. In order to exorcise her, he explained, he needed to anoint her all over with special oils. She agreed to take all her clothes off for this purpose. Finally, she copulated with the man when he told her that this was necessary ‘to get rid of the spirits’. Now, it seems to me that society cannot have it both ways. If it was right to jail this man for exploiting a gullible young woman (she was above the legal age of consent), why do we not similarly prosecute astrologers who take money off equally gullible people; or ‘psychic’ diviners who con oil companies into parting with shareholders’ money for expensive ‘consultations’ on where to drill? Conversely, if it be protested that fools should be free to hand over their money to charlatans if they choose, why shouldn’t the sexual ‘exorcist’ claim a similar defence, invoking the young woman’s freedom to give her body for the sake of a ritual ceremoney in which, at the time, she genuinely believed?"
Dawkins, Richard. 1998. Unweaving the rainbow: science, delusion and the appetite for wonder. London: Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, p. 121.

剛好讀到這一段,真感快慰。不敢說「英雄所見略同」,若如此高攀,徒貽笑大方。只能說,偶像的看法恰巧跟自己相似,實在令人高興、自豪。

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