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For those who are interested here is a link on this site that discusses Chomsky and New Atheism:

Noam Chomsky on "New Atheists"

and here is the original quote plus some more context

Its worth noting that this quote from Chomsky mostly has to do with HItchens. Richard Dawkins has pointed out that the quote from Chomsky occurred before Hitchens was ill. I think another important piece of context is that for a while Hitchens was very supportive of Bush and the war in Iraq and that is primarily what Chomsky is reacting to. Chomsky opens one of his comments by saying about the New Atheist movement

"Personally, I have been thrilled by this development" but he then goes on to list some specific criticisms which IMO make a lot of sense.

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 20:55:16 UTC | #859496