Guy (atheist) in my forum (post here) is insistent that Dawkins & Hitchens are “right-wingers” because of their “Islamophobia” and I don’t think that is justifiable ... I mean I know we humans tend to get a little more conservative (small “c”) as we get older but taking a particular stance on a given religion doesn’t, as far as I can tell, make you a “right-winger” does it?
I did a bit of research and came up with the following about Dawkins:
* Opposed to the 2003 invasion of Iraq,
* Opposed to the British nuclear deterrent
* Opposed to the actions of U.S. President George W. Bush.
* A supporter of the campaign to replace the British monarchy with a democratically elected president.
* A Labour voter in the 1970s
* A voter for the Liberal Democrats since the party’s creation.
And this about Hitchens:
* Vehemently opposed to the Vietnam war (demonstrated against it).
* A member of International Socialists (1967).
* Stood on street corners selling copies of “Socialist Worker”
* Spoke at The Labour Club
* A close associate of Martin Amis
* Bisexual [is]
Neither demonstrate that these gentlemen are politically to the right currently and I know Hitchens was pro action against Saddam Hussein (but then so was I at the time ... not a supporter of the war in Iraq now though) but does that equate to being politically to the right? Although he’s not the best advert for the atheist movement I agree with virtually everything Dawkins has ever said on religions and most of Hitchens stuff on the same (even his anti-royal stance) but I can’t see how that makes someone “right-wing”. My main concerns are education, welfare and defence (strongly support) and religion (extremely negative) and my personal politics are old school labour (socialist but not Marxist or communist, though possibly by US standards) ... I see almost everything else as negotiable.
As far as I know “left-wing” is a term used to refer to someone who is politically to the left and “right-wing” to someone politically to the right and I don’t understand how anyone can claim Dawkins and Hitchens to be right-wing because of what they’ve said.
I genuinely don’t get this argument but maybe someone does here ... does anyone else agree with him and, if so, why?