As O’Grady puts it “monotheistic religion has intolerance built into it” due to its insistence that “My God is the sole true God. Therefore anyone who denies my God by worshipping other gods or by having different views on the nature of my God, is not just wrong but evil.” At the same time, her book would suggest the Christian god who takes on human flesh is more prone to inviting polemics about his nature than the Muslim deity who is seen as being beyond all human comprehension, making believers less prone to religious slaughter in his name.
O’Grady might, as she boasts in her introduction, have succeeded in emancipating herself from her childhood Christianity, but she has not emancipated herself entirely. In her assumptions about the obligations of the entitled towards the disadvantaged, she mistakes the baggage of her cultural inheritance for human nature. Her book, with its instinctive sympathy for those tortured and executed by the powerful, is altogether more Christian, perhaps, than she realises.