“The AC/GS spent a lot of time criticizing Islam, Judaism, Christianity, etc. How should the reader square your distaste for religions with accusations of Islamophobia and antisemitism?”
Well, first off, neither are we ‘Islamophobic’ nor are we antisemitic. The extent of our criticisms of both Islam and Judaism has been on a social-historical and largely theological level, and our criticism of these religions is not unique to these religions, but has also been directed at Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. The point of our attacking Abrahamic religions so strongly was to show just how much of a sham they really are, and to get it out of the reader’s head that they should have any sympathy for Abrahamism.
We criticized the Abrahamic religions so that people can get a sense of just how fucked up they really are. It’s not all that often that you have the opportunity to call a spade a spade. When a religion is founded on lies for the self-gratification of a small set of elite families, and when a religion is used as ideological cover for endless crimes against humanity, then it’s insane to sit idly by and let these viewpoints slide so freely. How would you like it if you had seen a crowd just shrug off the promotion of slavery, genocide, wanton destruction, and bigotry as if it’s just another ‘alright’ sort of belief? Therein lies the rub.
Of course we’re not Islamophobic or antisemitic. As a people, the Jews have been nothing short of world-historic, and have delivered countless geniuses—of course, few, if any, of these brilliant people ever took the Jewish religion any more seriously than the Daily Mail. As for people hailing from Muslim countries, they often perform as good or better as anyone else when they’re freed from the theocratic constraints they have had to witness at home. Meritocracy’s goal is to offer freedom from religion to everybody, and to offer people the freedom to partake in massive state-directed projects, such as the Apollo program or ITER.