[Marxism] Sam Harris, uncovered

Paul Flewers trusscott.foundation at blueyonder.co.uk
Sun Sep 30 06:44:35 MDT 2012


Apropos the militant secularists and their dubious politics, five
years ago I felt obliged to criticise Richard Dawkins, whose foray
into politics I found rather disturbing. In the Guardian in October
2007, there was the following:

'Now the best-selling author of The God Delusion and chair of public
understanding of science at Oxford has set up an organisation to help
atheists round the world, including the US. In an interview with the
Guardian, he said: "When you think about how fantastically successful
the Jewish lobby has been, though, in fact, they are less numerous I
am told -- religious Jews anyway -- than atheists and [yet they] more
or less monopolise American foreign policy as far as many people can
see. So if atheists could achieve a small fraction of that influence,
the world would be a better place."' <
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/01/internationaleducationnews.religion
>

I managed to get this reply published a couple of days later:

'The limitations of Professor Richard Dawkins' narrow secularist
approach are sadly apparent in his comment about the supposed strength
of what he terms the "Jewish lobby" in the US (Atheists Arise: Dawkins
spreads the A-word among America's unbelievers, October 1). The
"Jewish lobby" doesn't exist; an Israel lobby certainly exists, but it
does not "monopolise US foreign policy"; it is not primarily a
religious movement, religious Jews do not play that much of a role in
it, and its most religious faction is that of the Christian Zionists.
The development of a secular movement in the US would be welcome, but
Dawkins' ignorant assertion will do nothing to put it on a healthy
footing. Dr Paul Flewers, London' <
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/04/religion.uk >

That Dawkins could dip into the language of anti-Semitism I put down
to ignorance on his part rather than any anti-Jewish sentiments on his
part. Nonetheless, it is worrying that our learned Oxford professor is
woefully ignorant of the realities of a key aspect of US politics and
state policy.

Paul F




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