As time goes on, I notice Cultists of Gnu are becoming less and less willing to rush to the defense of Dawkins. First, most of his actual book has been jettisoned as a source of authority - too many flaws on too many subjects, and the Boeing 747 argument not only looks idiotic in retrospect, but actually counterproductive to the 'cause' when the multiverse is factored in.
Then there was Dawkins ducking the debate with William Lane Craig. To any onlooker, that whole affair just looked... rotten. Transparently a case of "Dawkins is making up whatever excuse he can to avoid this, as he'll get his clock cleaned if he takes part". But some guys - particularly the dumber ones - were still willing to go to the mat for the man on this one.
But now that his "mild pedophilia" comments are circulating in a big way - not that they're anything new, but now they're being noticed - it looks like the Cultists have lost faith. They won't be so quick to follow PZ Myers in his "Hey, Dawkins actually sounds like a pedophile doesn't he?" comments... but you can call Dawkins out on this, and the instinctual reaction seems to be "Let's change the subject, now, to ANYthing else".
Sorry guys - it ain't happening. Dawkins' creepy "hey a little bit of kiddy-fingering isn't the end of the world" defense is sticking at this point. He's done it too long, and too consistently, for him to shake the charge. And if the New Atheists don't publicly disown him soon, the Cult of Gnu is going to pick up another descriptor to go alongside "belligerent, annoying peddlers of rage and faux reason". Namely, "pedophilia apologists".
The atheism+ heretics in the cult already smell the blood in the water. Time to decide if you want to stay in this particular pool anymore.