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On Religion April 12, 2009

Posted by Afflatus in Just Curious.
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THE fundamental problem that I have with institutional religions is when certain practitioners strictly and literally interpret the sacred text, coupled with their (often violent) insistence on their interpretation being the only interpretation of the sacred text.

This is the problem with Islamic fundamentalists, Christian fundamentalists, and anyone else that fits into my statement above.

To people who fit the category above, all I can do is beg: Just allow pluralism.


Props to Jason for the new vocabulary word.

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1. jflack4prez - April 13, 2009

I like where your thoughts are going Tarun: What can we do about extremists and non-pluralists?

This thought of mine came about while researching for a paper on the origins of Hamas, and how its ideology rapidly gained support. It went from being a small, grassroots charity organization in the early 80’s, to winning numerous municipal elections in the Occupied Territories (beg. in ’93), all culminating in the overwhelming support Hamas received in the 2006 Gaza elections.

Essentially my paper is going to be about the missteps Israel made in attempting to quell Hamas and Palestinian resistance in general, and the factors that led to Hamas’ increased support from Palestinians. I’m learning some interesting stuff. Hopefully I’ll learn what we can do (and what we should not do) about non-pluralists like Hamas.

2. presto21 - April 13, 2009

PLURALISM:
a theory that there are more than one or more than two kinds of ultimate reality b: a theory that reality is composed of a plurality of entities OR a state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain an autonomous participation in and development of their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization

-From Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

AKA

kryptonite to demagogues, ideologues, extremists, and fundamentalists everywhere


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