Cathy Lynn Grossman at USA Today tells us:
Britain’s best known atheist Richard Dawkins is sputtering mad over Pope Benedict’s equating the godless to potential Nazis.
In his speech to Queen Elizabeth when the pontiff arrived yesterday for his four day visit to Scotland and England, Benedict hit his standard theme of warning against secularism and backed it up by praising the way Britain fought "Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society."
"Despicable outrage," Dawkins howled, describing himself as "incandescent with rage" as he called for a letter writing campaign against the pope to the papers and British Broadcasting Company.
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But over at The Guardian, Andrew Brown says Dawkins should chill out over this attack on "atheist extremism." Brown writes
He didn’t mean us. He didn’t even mean Richard Dawkins. He was talking about the Nazis, who, he said "wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live…
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And if this isn’t enough tension for day two of the papal visit, let’s see what comes from the meeting between Benedict and Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.