Browsing Facebook for my favorite Atheist places I had the misfortune of stumbling on one of the latest posts in the The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science Facebook page, this is the “official” page for Dawkins, which I admire and greatly respect not only as a leading atheist but also for his fantastic scientific work (which actually won me over many years before I even knew he was an active atheist).
Someone had decided that they should recruit Albert Einstein into the glaring anti Israeli propaganda that is overflowing in many places in the net right now, and who is better to use against the Jews but a famous Jew? conveniently this is a dead person so no one can really argue or explain what he really meant, and to make it even more easy, this is something that someone thought – 65 years ago.
The foundation page shows a photo of an official letter Einstein sent someone 65 years ago in which he briefly shows his disapproval of the British and of Israeli militarists at that time. If you click the link that is added on the post you will find an article about the famous man which has nothing political in it – not even one mention of the state of Israel.
However someone in the Dawkins foundation thought it would be a good idea to stick a photo of a 65 year old letter as the link to that article. Maybe they think most atheists that visit the page only look at the photos and do not continue to read the articles.
Did the Dawkins foundation turn political? I sure hope not, in many years of listening to the man and reading his books I never felt that this was the direction. Does someone in the foundation who posts to Facebook think they should push their noses into Middle East politics because Arabs in the region are closer to us atheists? – I think not.
The more atheism in its pure form will be abused like this the further away we are getting to the hearts and minds (mostly minds) of people who are hijacked by religions. Shame on the The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science official Facebook page.