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Religious Right v Islamic Fundamentalists

Think these two groups aren't exactly the same? Consider this analysis of the tsunami from a leading Muslim cleric in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, "God is angry with Aceh people, because most of them do not do what is written in the Koran and the Hadith," the collected sayings and actions of the prophet Muhammad, explained Cut Bukhaini, 35, an imam. "I hope this will lead all Muslims in Aceh to do what is in the Koran and its teachings. If we do so, God will be merciful and compassionate." Forget the tsunami warning system, just follow the Koran and no more disasters. I wonder what the dinosaurs did to piss off Allah?

Now consider what our own beloved Jerry Falwell said after the 9/11 attacks, "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say: you helped this happen." Forget fighting bin Laden, do away with abortion and gays and feminists and I guess terrorists won't hate us anymore.

Both groups appear to be saying that it isn't nature or people who hate us that we need to fear, but God. I guess God sent the tsunami and the terrorists. God must like a little variety in his destruction I guess.

I will leave you with this warning from Jerry Falwell, "I have a Divine Mandate to go into the halls of Congress and fight for laws that will save America."


At 1/05/2005 09:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's stuff like this that makes me crazy. Science means nothing to these people. What's worse is our own leaders try to hide science, or skew it, right here in America.

The fact that more Americans believe in the virgin birth than evolution is a sad editorial on the state of our state today.

Sid from New Frames

At 1/06/2005 09:00:00 AM, Blogger Douglas said...

A day or two ago on one of NPR programs there was a discussion on faith and disasteres or something to that effect.

After the Krakatoa? volcanic eruption and tidal waves, etc in 1898? in Sumatra?, the Islamic clerics claimed it was Allah's punishment for tolerating the Dutch infidels that controlled the islands and that was the begining of a revolution. First attempts were not successful, but that Volcanic eruption was used as the beginning of a bloody revolution.

A God somewhere was apparently pleased until very recently.

The outrage by Larry Died-rich when Sen. Johnson noted similarities between Taliban and the Taliban fringe of the GOP leadership in DC was/is interesting. Johnson as usual backed off instead of challenging Died-rich to denounce the lunatic fringe of the GOP.

Happy New Year. Keep the heat turned up.


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