I have tried three times to compose a post to explain his view and I keep coming up confused as well.<quoted text>
(Though I'm still not clear on why he has a problem with the ethno relious thing - only that they existed before Judaisn hence it is not THEIR religion - right?) I feel my brain beginning to ache.
What i have noticed is that atheists are important to him because they show that Jews are really an ethnic group (i.e. Not all Jews are Jews) BUT at the same token he doesnt believe in ethnicity.
At times he tries to promote the idea of Christian Jews to show us Jews are not correct.
Ultimately, to him God gives Jews their identity (the cooties thing), not Rabinnical law of matriarchy. Therefore us Jews are not really Jews anymore because we follow Rabbis. Allowing him to step in. Pure (true Scott) Jews are ordained not created by man.
Thats the best I can offer on that subject.