Wait... both the Telegraph version and Dawkins' own version have Dawkins, not the journalist, quote Numbers.
You don't expect the Granuaid to get everything right do you?
I read a rather excellent take down on this blog
yesterday about the rather weird goings on.
It also quotes Dr Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, about reparations to the descendants of slaves (what with the Anglican church once owning slaves and all) :
However, he added: “While it sounds simple to say … we should pass on the reparation that was received, exactly to whom?
“Exactly where does it go? And exactly how does it differ from the various ways in which we try to interact now with the effects of that in terms of aid and development and so forth?
Oh, and by all accounts, the Torygraph has in the past argued against reparations and were annoyed when Tony Blair apologised for Britain's role in the slave trade. So, as long as you're not Dawkins, you shouldn't feel guilty about it.