What Mr. Klavan found foolish -- rightly in my lights -- was the other author's insistence on placing the blame for the world's most resilient persecution on religion itself.
I recommend reading the whole thing, but I will excerpt Mr. Klavan's concluding lines:
"...it seems clear to me that the people who feel they hate Jews actually hate God.
And they hate God because, in the light of His goodness, they hate themselves.”
The God of the universe is the exact opposite of misanthropy. The God of misanthropy is Sustainability.
Press a Greeny a bit and you’ll hear: “This planet has too many people.”
God and his promise and his moral code contradicts all those who believe in the Malthusian moral imperative. They find that intolerable.
By hook or by crook, they are determined to reduce the number of people on this planet. In a world dominated by such pessimists, it is totally logical that all of His people are marked for persecution.
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