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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Fundamentalism - the World View

The Enlightenment Under Threat
By Richard Layton

"....... The world ... is witnessing an explosion of movements that reject rational inquiry as the best way to explain the world and empirical evidence as the best way to formulate policy. Islamic and Christian fundamentalisms are often portrayed as being on opposite sides in a "cosmic struggle" of good against evil. "But they are the same," says New Scientist.

Fundamentalist religions are driven by a desire to get "back to basics," to turn the clock back to a supposed golden age when their religion was untainted by secular influences. They fervently believe they alone have the truth--usually an overtly literal interpretation of a sacred text--and an equally fervent desire to impose that truth on others. Unlike mainstream religion, they cannot tolerate dissent.

...... George W. Bush has talked openly of running a "faith-based presidency;" and a member of his inner circle has been quoted referring disdainfully to the "reality-based community--that is, people who believe policy should be based on empirical evidence rather than faith. "George Bush was not elected by a majority of voters in the United States. He was appointed by God," according to one senior U.S. politician. Commentator Thomas Frank has argued that by allying itself with evangelical beliefs, the U.S. Republican Party has managed to dupe poor people into voting for economic policies that damage their interests, such as tax cuts for the rich...... "

The whole of this important discussion article can be found here: Humanists of Utah

Considering today's political climate, it's well worth a read.

posted by summersun70 at 12:16 PM

1 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Love this. They are the same, and ironically, since Islam and Christianity worship the same God, it is like interfamily fighting among siblings whom either don't realize the relationship or whom refuse to. I'm starting to think the UN should just kick the US out of it and begin enforcing international laws... if no one else is allowed to have WMDs, we shouldn't be allowed either. If so many people weren't dying as a result of it, it would be funny. Instead, it's tragic.

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