The well-known atheist was going through security at an unknown airport on Sunday when the TSA allegedly nabbed his container of the sweet liquid. Dawkins was apparently so upset by the “principle” of the matter that he took to Twitter to explain that the deceased terrorist had succeeded in his efforts to disrupt American life.
Bin Laden has won, in airports of the world every day. I had a little jar of honey, now thrown away by rule-bound dundridges. STUPID waste.— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 3, 2013
“Dundridge” is a word Dawkins coined himself. It means “a petty, bossy, bureaucratic little rule-hound,” according to the author.
When fellow Twitter users mocked Dawkins and questioned if he knew the rules of TSA, the author clarified that he wasn’t upset about the actual honey, but merely the principle behind the matter.
Of course I know the airport security rules. My point is those rules are stupid advertising displays of dundridge zeal. Bin Laden has won.— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 3, 2013
Are you carpers really too thick to see the difference between a matter of general principle and a petty concern with a single jar of honey?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 3, 2013
Do you idiots seriously think I give a damn about my stupid honey? It's the PRINCIPLE I care about. Get it? Principle, not honey, principle.— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 3, 2013
Dawkins was still upset with the airport security screening rules on Monday morning, tweeting out a link to an old article he had written about the TSA’s hard and fast restrictions.
An old article on inflexible rule-bound airport security. http://t.co/i1cuHLVStR Prompted by a poor woman's confiscated jar of ointment— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 4, 2013