Re: Why?

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    >From: Bill Spight <>
    >Subject: Re: Why?
    >Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 10:33:04 -0700
    >I found this a surprising view:
    >I haven't really digested it, but I suppose that the idea is that the
    >secularization of American culture has played a part in making the U. S.
    >a target of Islamic fundamentalists. IOW, the image of the U. S. as the
    >"Great Stan (Satan)" is partly true.
    >OTOH, if America were a theocracy, we would not have been a target. Like
    >the much more theocratic Israel. Right!
    Falwell and Robertson are way out of line. To even consider placing moral
    responsibility for the tragedies on secularists is a sentiment which makes
    me ill.

    If the U.S. were a theocracy, or more of one than it already is, there would
    be more religious persecution. The variety of faith which formed the basis
    for theocracy would have the upper hand and all others, whether other forms
    of X-ianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism or whatever could likely be
    discriminated against and faced with those trying to convert them. There
    could very well be more sectarian strife than exists now.

    If one sees how religious fundamentalism can drive people into certain
    fanatical us/them mindsets one could come to quite different conclusions
    than Falwell and Robertson.

    One worry I have aout the aftermath of these tragedies is that there could
    be increased bigotry towards Muslims or people of Arabic or Middle Eastern
    descent. Holding Muslims in general responsible for the actions of a
    fanatical Jihad fringe is like blaming Christians in general for the actions
    of the Ku Klux Klan. Hopefully cooler heads prevail.

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