Sunday, January 07, 2007

Secular fundamentalists are the new totalitarians

Secular fundamentalists are the new totalitarians

Fascinating piece in the Guardian today. I read it on the train today on my way back to Cardiff from Bath, where I had a marvellous meal with my brother cooked for us by his friend Alison.

The article talks about the rise in the religion haters, the liberal secular fundamentalists, spearheaded by their champion, Richard Dawkins. Worth a read.

There's an aspiring totalitarianism in Britain which is brilliantly disguised. It's disguised because the would-be dictators - and there are many of them - all pretend to be more tolerant than thou. They hide alongside the anti-racists, the anti-homophobes and anti-sexists. But what they are really against is something very different. They - call them secular fundamentalists - are anti-God, and what they really want is the eradication of religion, and all believers, from the face of the earth.

In recent years these unpleasant people have had a strategy of exploiting Britain's innate politeness. They realised that for a decade overly sensitive souls (normally called the PC brigade) had bent over backwards to avoid giving offence. Trying not to give offence was, despite the excesses, a noble courtesy.


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