Re: reply to nurturing young Islamic hearts and hatreds

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Date: Tue Oct 16 2001 - 09:55:13 BST

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    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.

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    Robin Faichney

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