'Being raised Catholic is worse than child abuse': Latest incendiary claim made by atheist professor Richard Dawkins
The comments were condemned by Peter Saunders, the chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.
He said: ‘At NAPAC we know that recovery from sexual abuse can take a lifetime. People never get over it. It is entirely unhelpful to make such comparisons.’
Roman Catholic former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe said: ‘Dawkins doesn’t know what to say next to get attention. No sane person would believe that being brought up in a force for good, in the Ten Commandments, in the Beatitudes, and in the Gospels can be worse than child abuse.’