"Referring to his early days at a boarding school in Salisbury, he recalled how one of the (unnamed) masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts.”
He said other children in his school peer group had been molested by the same teacher but concluded:“I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”
“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,” he said.
He said the most notorious cases of pedophilia involve rape and even murder and should not be bracketed with what he called “just mild touching up.”"
However when the article described Dawkins reasoning it was "First, that "hysteria" over a fear of pedophilia is overblown by society; second, that instilling a child with fundamentalist religious beliefs is actually a worse way to abuse a child; and third, that he personally overcame childhood sexual abuse, meaning it must not be that big of a deal for anyone else who was subjected to similar behavior."
As you can see there is no mention of the "you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours" point.
I must admit that I cringed when I heard what Dawkins has been saying, as trying to find things worse than a pedophil abuseing you and trying to put degrees of wrongness on said abuse, is the sort of subject where you say one thing wrong and it's game over. So please read what Dawkins said carefully and don't miss things like this article did, and also prepare to clear fight misinformation about this even if you don't agree with Dawkins.