Richard Dawkins Says Boston Bombing Suspects Could Have Been Radicalized by Islam (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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While promoting his new documentary "The Unbelievers" this week, atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins addressed reports of Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev being radicalized by Islam, reported CNN.

"It's very easy to blame radicalization, but radicalization is very easy, if people are brought up in the first place to believe that faith is a virtue, if you bring up your children and tell them that believing without evidence is what faith is, is a virtue, then only a tiny minority of them may become radicalized, but the ground has been fertilized for radicalization," said Dawkins.

"It's easy to radicalize if people have been pre-adapted, and prepared with a view that faith is a virtue, that what your religion teaches you is absolutely right. In a way, no wonder they're so easily radicalized, because they're told, from babyhood onwards, that their religion is the only important thing and that's what they have to believe, even if there's no evidence."

According to NBC News, Russian authorities recently told U.S. investigators that Tamerlan Tsarnaev discussed jihad with his mother in a 2011 telephone conversation.

"The Unbelievers," which premiered on Monday evening at the Hot Docs festival, follows theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss and Dawkins as they travel around the globe to discuss the importance of science over religion.

Source: CNN and NBC News