Do I even need to bother saying which one?
I’ve noticed that this happens a lot:
In a recent Al-Jazeerah interview, Richard Dawkins was asked his views on God. He argued that the god of “the Old Testament” is “hideous” and “a monster”, and reiterated his claim from The God Delusion that the God of the Torah is the most unpleasant character “in fiction”.
As you can see, Dawkins has no trouble attacking the Hebrew God in a most direct and uncompromising manner. No atheist wallflower he.
Asked if he thought the same of the God of the Koran, Dawkins ducked the question, saying: “Well, um, the God of the Koran I don’t know so much about.”
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’ve got nothing against Islam itself, per se* – more accurately, I can tell a Sufi from a Salafist, and more importantly I can tell a crazy-eyed backwater nutjob from, say, a Kurd currently living in Iraq**. But it has not escaped my notice that there’s a certain double standard out there when it comes to people talking smack about religions. And, honestly? It’s not escaped anybody else’s notice, either. Which is half of the problem, right there.
*Don’t test my patience.
**And don’t think that those guys aren’t defining themselves that particularly. Given the current trajectory of Turkey, possibly at some point we should contemplate whether we should be doing that ourselves.