Fundamentalism’s Pot and Kettle

Why does the US see the rise of fundamentalism in Pakistan as “dangerous”, while the rise of fundamentalism in America is a good thing? Pot. Kettle. Black.

6 Replies to “Fundamentalism’s Pot and Kettle”

  1. True. But you’d have to admit, Islamic fundamentalism does seem to be largely intolerant of other cultures and lifestyles. Probably in much the same way that Christianity was before iPods.

  2. but fundamentalist christians are equally as intollerant – maybe they dont go around blowing themselves up, but they do cause harm in other more inciduous (sp?) ways.

  3. Christian and Islamic fundamentalism are excellent reasons why we should remain vigilant about the separation of church and state.

    That said, I’d rather live in a nation-state ruled by Christians than under a Wahabist/Sharia regime like the Taliban.

    As a youngster I was warned not to discuss sex, religion or politics with strangers. Funny how so many blogs dwell upon those subjects! : )

  4. Whether Christian, Muslim, Rastafarian or Church of the Cosmic Mosquito, Fundamentalism has one basic problem — it’s stupid.

    Its basic tenet is that “I am right because it says so on this piece of paper, so shut up.” As I’ve said before, Reason is what separates us from the dumb critters, and it’s what has made civilisation possible. Fundamentalism is the abandonment of Reason.

  5. Half the fun comes from the fact that most fundies I’ve known would entirely agree that “Fundamentalism is the abandonment of Reason”, agree that “I am right because it says so on this piece of paper, so shut up” – and wonder why you were blathering on about unimportant things like reason, when their bit of paper clearly says it’s irrelevant.

  6. Islam and Christianity both got off to a rocky start when God told Moses his 10 commandments. Shortly after it was discovered that people were worshipping a golden cow statue, and not the one true God. So, of course, people had to die.

    That’s the problem with one God.

    “I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” – Stephen F Roberts

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