Monday, July 18, 2005

Never discuss politics with religion

Let other people do the thinking for you !

Thought for the Day Today Programme BBC Radio 4,
19 July 2005 by Dr. Mona Siddiqui

Is Islam Secularizable? which came from Institute for the Secularisation of Islam

  • A distinction between Islamism and neo-fundamentalism :

The failure of Political Islam by Oliver Roy

Wisdom in Love: Kierkegaard and the Ancient Quest for Emotional Integrity

  • Reviewed by Ed Mooney, University of Syracuse
i.e. which emotions are the indignant Muslims exhibiting ?

The vexed question of, "When is a religion a cult ?" came up in several main-media articles: thought it might be a good idea to run through it one more time.

The Decline and Fall of Islam
Look for the mention of cult bits. Reminds me of the visits by the ever-so-nice Jehovah's Witnesses, who also like the Muslims believe in a paradise (but theirs will be here, right now on earth) which as he mentions here are considered by Christians to be a cult, though the JWs think they are interpreting the Bible more correcting than orthodoc christianity. As an atheistic/agnostic cycler: fondness for the JWs insistence on the Cross being a T and other details. Doesn't matter to me because I'm not a Christian or a Muslim. Quite like some aspects of Buddhism and must be Jainist because of drowning spider and fly retrieving syndrome [DSFRS] operating under all circumstances bar imminent threat of nuclear holocaust.
debating points:
  • apostasy
  • treatment of women
  • all pervading know-alls who presume to be experts on religions which are not their own (hope you don't think I fall into that category)
from :

Alan Caruba is the author of "Warning Signs", a new book published by Merril Press. His weekly column is posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center ( The Center offers "A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam."

  • Love the idea of a National Anxiety Centre. Must be American: we could probably do with one in the UK, whatever it is.

Another kind of fundamentalism

  • from Axis of Logic : The Evolutionary "Why" of Religious Capitalism: Imperialism, Colonialism and Capitalism in Christ's Name By Dr. Gerry Lower, Eugene, Oregon, 14 July 2005.
  • Getting the notion of fundamentalism straight from another perspective and, hey, evolution vs. creation is almost as fascinating as Islam and terrorism.


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