The Tartuff of Marxism-Anarchism "Critiques" Religion
Here he gives his rationale:
... critique of clerics, priests, and rabbis is a national duty and obligation. Remember that the clerics of Al-Azhar were partners with Sadat in his humiliating deal with Israel. And the Lebanese Shi`ite cleric, Hasan Mushaymish, has been convicted of spying for Israel. ... Karl Marx ...said in his introduction to A Contribution to Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right that "and the criticism of religion is the prerequisite of all criticism".
How does Prof. AbuKhalil explain the necessity to criticize Arab clerics by the Arab masses? Does he bring up the religious oppression of women, of free speech and of free thought the clerics preach to the believers? Does he take a stand against the virulent antisemitism of Muslim clerics?
No. His only criticism begins and ends with one argument: It is absolutely mandatory to "criticize Religion" because of the one or two (if that) religious clerics that happen to support normalization with Israel.
AbuKhalil's stand against religion is essentially the same as his vaunted devotion to Marxism- Anarchism. The only factor that matters is whether something is for or against Israel. He calls that criticism, and he actually brags about it, feeling himself to be standing, no doubt, side by side with Dawkins and Spinoza.
Marx stated in Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right
"Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.
Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself."
I highlighted in red Marx's main point about the corrosive influence of religion on the rational human being's mind. Now take the self-adorned as Marxist, Prof. AbuKhalil's argument against the clerics and compare it with Marx's argument for the abolition of religion. Is there any point at which the two connect? Is there a shared spirit of indignation against what clerics do to their own flocks?
What kind of a Marxist is he? A Tartuffian Marxist. Or/and an idiot.