Reflections on Editorial Attitudes

Sheldon F. Gottlieb

While reading the letters in the December 2014/January 2015 issue commenting on Nat Hentoff’s article in the previous issue, I wondered why the edit ors of a journal dedicated to humanism and devoted to using science, fact, and reason to understand the universe and solve human problems would publish commentary that was virtually indistinguishable from anti-Semitism. Neither Barry Seidman’s nor Guillermo Kuhl’s letter added to the discussion of Hentoff’s piece. Instead, both writers used it as a platform to promulgate their antisocial views, not just of Israel but also the Jewish people.

Unlike Seidman and Kuhl, who just made unsubstantiated, abhorrent charges, I will respond with specific examples using their writings. But, first, I want to mention some of my philosophy with respect to critical thinking about religion and hate and some observations on human behavior pertaining to hate.

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