In the Christmas issue of The New Statesman Richard Dawkins, the guest editor, asks Christopher Hitchens if he’s worried that Islam will replace Christianity if the New Atheists succeed in their goal of destroying Christianity:
‘Do you ever worry that if we win and, so to speak,destroy Christianity,that vacuum would be filled by Islam?’
Protect the Pope hasn’t got a copy of The New Statesman so we can’t post Hitchens’reply.
But here’s a comment from one of Richard Dawkins friends, the Rev. George Pitcher:
‘For all his claims that Christianity has been a brutal force throughout history, I’m sure Prof Dawkins’attitude, revealed here, isn’t reciprocated. I don’t recall Rowan Williams talking about “destroying atheism”.
So it’s good to know, at last, where Prof Dawkins really stands –and, incidentally, it’s not where the gracious,generous-spirited and libertarian Hitchens stands. Hitchens hates totalitarianism. And it’s totalitarians who have tried and failed throughout history to “destroy Christianity”. Dawkins now sees that as a measure of winning. Good luck with that, Richard. And happy Christmas.’
Protect the Pope comment: The hubris of Dawkins is breathtaking, and at the same time, truly pathetic in its delusion. Pathetic in the sense of evoking pity and sadness.
Imagine the uproar there would be if a Catholic bishop said in public that Catholics should seek to destroy atheism. The media would be whipped up to fever pitch with commentators and pundits screaming about intolerance, inequality and the inherent violence of religion.
But let Richard Dawkins talk about destroying Christianity during the holy season of Advent as Christians prepare for the Christmas, and there is silence, the unholy silence of agreement from the BBC and SKY.
By the way what a joke Rev George Pitcher calling Christopher Hitchens ‘gracious’, and ‘generous-spirited’! It seems the canonization of Hitchens is occurring even before he’s dead.