Katha Pollitt wonders why the left doesn't "savor this new, muscular secularism." That's easy. Because most leftists, be they Christian, Jewish (like myself), Muslim, Hindu, or atheist, don't like narrow-minded religious bigots. And that's exactly what these new professional atheists are.
When Richard Dawkins compares, as he has, raising a child within a religious tradition to child abuse, he shows himself as closed-minded as those who claim that only Christians (and usually a particular type of Christian) can be saved from Hell. His view of the human world is an extraordinarily limited one, unable to accept the good of Martin Luther King (he has credited the gains of the civil rights movement to secular institutions) or the evil of Stalin.
Sep 14 2007 - 6:17pm