David Klinghoffer, author of the new book Shattered Tablets: Why We Ignore the Ten Commandments at Our Peril (Doubleday), gives a disconcerting interview in National Review Online about life in Seattle. Here’s a sample:
Lopez: WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the point of a First Commandment protest rally?
Klinghoffer: Oh, I attended one, though it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t spoken of explicitly. It was a rally for Richard Dawkins, the atheist Darwinist bestseller guy, at SeattleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s town hall. The First Commandment Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am the Lord your GodÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ really sticks in the craw of materialists like Dawkins, much more so than any other of the Ten Commandments. Everyone was bundled in flannel and they were applauding him for applauding them for being such a bunch of sophisticated geniuses who can explain the existence of everything in the universe in purely material terms. This is what Darwinism, a sort of secular religion, is all about. The First Commandment is the focus of the conflict between secular dogma and the more open-minded view thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s willing to entertain the possibility that GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand may really have left evidence of His work in the heavens, in our bodies.