U.K. chief rabbi: Richard Dawkins book anti-Semitic

Britain’s chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, accused the evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins of relying on an anti-Semitic view of the Bible in his best-selling book.

Speaking at a debate between the two men filmed by the BBC earlier this month, Sacks said a remark in Dawkins’ 2006 book “The God Delusion” was based on “centuries of prejudice.”

“I read it as a profoundly anti-Semitic passage,” the chief rabbi said, referring to a passage that said the God of the Old Testament was the “most unpleasant character in all fiction.”

Dawkins, a professor at Oxford University, dismissed the allegation as “ridiculous” and said he was not “anti-Jewish,” just “anti-God.” — jta