I never realised how much I loved Richard Dawkins until just now. The Guardian has given him a few days to work himself up even more than usual, and then released a poignant rant, here.
The upshot of this piece is that the Pope cost us all far too much money, which Richard can ill afford, unlike the Vatican and its “obscene riches”, and his heartfelt claim:
“… perhaps of most personal concern to me, he is an enemy of education. Quite apart from the lifelong psychological damage caused by the guilt and fear that have made Catholic education infamous throughout the world..”.
Which should worry The Knife, given that he is a product of the same infamous system.
The main thrust is a slightly more complex piece, not as sparklingly clear and reasoned as I have personally come to expect from Richard, that Hitler was Catholic, and so all Catholics are closet Nazis. Or outed Nazis, like the Pope.
At least, I think that’s what he meant.
I know Richard is very, very clever. Of course he is, being a professor. And at Oxford. But……
ps: for an alternative view, sans Dawkinsoid thuggishness, Jewish, Oxford-educated Anne Applebaum is here
pps: or Christopher Caldwell’s masterly precis in the FT, here
ppps: or Brian Morton’s elegaic prose, here
pppps: Frank Furedi of the British Humanist Association here