Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id KAA13440 (8.6.9/5.3[ref email@example.com] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from firstname.lastname@example.org); Tue, 16 Oct 2001 10:03:32 +0100 Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 09:55:13 +0100 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: reply to nurturing young Islamic hearts and hatreds Message-ID: <20011016095513.A445@ii01.org> References: <F1626gFEoODXZSpsGyj00007dcb@hotmail.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Disposition: inline In-Reply-To: <F1626gFEoODXZSpsGyj00007dcb@hotmail.com> User-Agent: Mutt/1.3.22i From: Robin Faichney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Mon, Oct 15, 2001 at 09:39:22PM -0400, Scott Chase wrote:
> Well Wade you're helping topple my tolerant views of Islam and of religion
> in general. I struggle to be open minded with Islam. The recent onslaught of
> fear about biological terrorism strains my open mindedness.
> Is Islam truly a peaceful religion at heart...
In your efforts to understand fundamentalism, don't fall into
essentialism. What exactly does "at heart" mean there? I would suggest:
nothing useful. Fundamentalists are essentialists too: they believe
they alone know the essentials of their religion, and thus have the
moral authority to do whatever it takes to have their view prevail.
We can say to them "you're wrong about what's essential", but the truth
is, there is no truth about what's essential, only value judgements as
to what's more or less important.
-- "A prime source of meta-memes" -- inside information -- http://www.ii01.org/ Robin Faichney
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