Owen Jones responds to Nick Cohen’s Spectator article defending Richard Dawkins, in which Cohen accuses Dawkins’ critics of cowardice for refusing to join him in attacking Islam.
Jones concludes: “Nick Cohen concludes that one day there will be a reckoning. Yes, there certainly will be. In past eras, other communities faced pandemic bigotry in Britain: like Irish people and Jewish people. History has judged kindly those who challenged such prejudice. It has not been so kind to those who failed to do so. Those few of us with a public voice who defend Muslims from bigoted generalisations are currently fighting an unpopular battle. But it the right thing to do, and history will absolve us.”