I recently wrote a post about the two Georges, Eliot and Orwell. I have read them both over and over again since I was about thirteen.
Orwell disliked Catholics much more than he did Jews; he always tried to be fair to individuals in both categories, often in a grumpy and dispirited sort of way. The categories, indeed, overlapped to some extent in his mind: political Catholicism, like Zionism, is a form of digested "nationalism" in his system, and he writes in a 1932 essay of "the Hebrew-like pride and exclusivity of the genuinely Catholic mind". It is all very Protestant. Jews and Catholics who love the English language and value honesty and decency must admire Orwell, but from a certain distance.
5 September 1982
I didn’t note that those two were Protestant atheists but Protestantism is what I was brought up in so it would appear as natural and unremarkable to me as the fact that they wrote in English. I would like to be told more specifically how this Protestantism declares itself.