This little pig lost God

22nd February 2008 at 00:00
Britain's favourite atheist, Richard Dawkins, has hinted on his website that he might write a children's book.

Primary teachers keen to order copies should note that the project is just a glimmer in the neo-Darwinist's eye at present. It is not clear yet whether it will be, perhaps, a colour-in The God Delusion or a pop-up version of The Selfish Gene.

We hope he fares better than his German counterpart, Michael Schmidt-Salomon, whose plight we have been alerted to thanks to "mrs maths" on the TES staffroom.

Germany's ministry for families is calling for his pro-atheist book, How Do I Get to God, Asked the Small Piglet, to be added to a list of publications unsuitable for children.

The illustrated story follows a piglet and a hedgehog who set out in search of God after discovering a poster that says: "If you don't know God, you are missing something!"

On their journey they meet a rabbi, a bishop and a Muslim scholar, who are portrayed in a rather unflattering light. The unimpressed hedgehog concludes: "I think that God doesn't even exist."

It certainly makes a change from C.S. Lewis.

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