Rereading Burke on the "Reflections on the Revolution in France" I was struck by something unexpected and that I did not recall.
Burke, correctly or not, is regarded by most political experts as the father of modern anglo-conservatism. He is revered, especially in America (and in fairness he was supportive of the American Revolution).
All that said, through Reflections, repeatedly and for no very necessary reason Burke attacks both Roman Catholics and Jews.
What is especially odd about this is that the purpose of his text was to show the faults of the French Revolution -- at least its early days -- and while the Revolution did liberate the Jews it was hardly friendly to the Church.
Indeed, just about the only good thing Burke saw with the Revolution was it "unhappily ... left unfinished" a "murder of the bishops".
Whether such vile comments mean the rest of Burke's work is unworthy I will leave to the reader to decide, but for me I will take Burke's view with a rather large chunk of salt ... .
(Now Burke may have been speaking about religion as opposed to people -- he supported rights for Irish Catholics and deplored mistreatment of Indians -- but the plain text of his work is, in a word, shocking).
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