Richard Ingrams, who is, as Andrew Sullivan calls him, “enlightened British editor,” has just published an appallingly blatant anti-Semitic and homophobic diatribe in the Observer.
The worst thing about his argument is that it invalidates a person’s views according to their background. Meaning, a Jew can’t possibly have good ideas or accurate analysis on the Middle East because, well, he’s a Jew. This is only the beginning.:
have developed a habit when confronted by letters to the editor in support of the Israeli government to look at the signature to see if the writer has a Jewish name. If so, I tend not to read it.
Too few people in this modern world are prepared to declare an interest when it comes to this kind of thing. It would be enormously helpful, for example, if those clerics and journalists who have been defending Canon Jeffrey John, the so-called gay bishop, were to tell us whether they themselves are gay. Some do, but more don’t.
It only gets worse.