Delusion is a form of mental sickness, and mental sickness is something no one admits to. Any other form of physical sickness is immediately recognized and the help of a doctor is sought. It is the decision of the patient. But in case of mental illness the right of the individuals stands abrogated, it is the society which judges his condition and takes medical measures on behalf of the individual. The brightest children of Enlightenment, the leaders of the Soviet Russia had mastered this technique by consigning to the mental asylum its dissenters. (They killed many millions, but killing some proved inconvenient or unfeasible in some case, so they turned them in as psychiatric cases thus effectively putting them into the memory hole. To declare someone deluded or deranged is the greatest articulation of power and to treat him for it is the worst from of subjugation. Sakharaov was only the best-known case of hundreds of thousands of "deluded" people subjected to psychiatric abuse. These were people who believed in a reality other than the one prescribed by the official Soviet state. I wish I was being paranoid, but to label those who do not measure up to Dawkins standard of brightness – that is not an atheist, as being in need of institutional help looks to me, ominous.
I have another reason to fear for you because I can never get out of my mind a hypothetical scenario posited by one of my perceptive children, Edward J Mishan. Now Mishan is, in a sense, a heretic of his sect. He is an economist who is aware of the limits to economic growth and a votary of self limitation. He posits a scary scenario sometime in the distant future, when the Scientific establishment has become so powerful that pioneers like Dawkins do not have to lobby the Guardian for their "consciousness raising" drive. It is then that "The temptation to get rid of them (the masses of ordinary human beings) will grow strong. Moral objections may no longer prevail: and political expediency can hardly act as a check once power has shifted irrevocably to the controllers of the scientific establishment. Of course the means may not be cruel. Water supplies, for instance could be doctored so as to make human reproduction physically impossible… …Within a couple of generations only a select group of a few thousand beings, part man part computers will be left to inherit the planet earth." God Delusion has not been able to make a very convincing or compelling draft for a legislative agenda to exclude the "non bights", but you can depend on the pugnacity of Dawkins .He will come up with something more clear cut, more persuasive which can carry even his moderate scientist colleagues like Steven Weinberg and others.
This is all within the family my children, so I can speak to you without reserve. I have observed Dawkins from his early childhood. He had a habit of inventing grievances in order to fight with other children. He was a sharp student but he would spend considerable time grinding his intellectual axe or pumping intellectual irons. He is a very convincing validation of the dictum cogito ergo sum – I have intellectual muscles therefore, I will flex it. A great shadow boxer, he liked nothing better than debates, at times futile debates, and debates long since settled, because he was very keen to show off the athletic musculature of his mind. Consider the instant case.