So Richard Dawkins said something stupid again:
Of course, lots of atheists are going to cheer this on, because of course, as soon as someone gets an education, they instantly go from being ignorant and stupid to being wise and intelligent, and in the process, they give up all of their religious belief in favor of good, proper, rational, correct atheism.
(That was sarcasm.)
Because the way things work in the real world is that there is a modest correlation between someone becoming educated and someone losing their faith, but there are certainly well-educated and intelligent people who are religious, and there are absolutely uneducated and unintelligent people who are atheists. Dawkins here is falling into the same trap that so many (primarily) white, (primarily) well-to-do atheists from Western countries fall into that all religious people are ignorant, and that if only religious people were educated, they would become atheists. That this is problematic might not be immediately apparent, so let me break down the issues – with regard to both how much of an asshole he’s being here, and also just how logically unsound his argument is. I am coming from the perspective of someone who has done some research into worldwide education in general (and plans to become an educator one day), and who has some experience with the structural problems of the economies of developing nations specifically, so I do have at least some idea of the truth here.