Re: Fundamentalism/Intolerance - Mark
Reader comment on item: The Evil Isn't Islam
Submitted by Trey Wickwire (United States), Jul 30, 2002 at 13:02Mark,
You disagree with Glenn's comparison of Fundamental religious groups solely on the fact that Islamic Fundamental groups seek to take over the world by force. But the method is irrelevant when the goal is domination.
There is a Fundamental movement within the Christian Church that seeks to turn the United States into a Theocratic society through peaceful means. Does that make them less dangerous? I don't think so.
Here is a Quote from the following website: http://www.religioustolerance.org/reconstr.htm
"Its most common form, Theonomic Reconstructionism, represents one of the most
extreme forms of Fundamentalist Christianity thought. The followers are attempting
to peacefully convert the United States into a theocracy, similar to Afghanistan
before the Taliban were overthrown. Laws would be based on the Mosaic Law of
the Hebrew Scriptures. They intend to achieve this by using the freedom of religion
in the US to train a generation of children in private Christian religious schools.
Later, their graduates will be charged with the responsibility of creating a new
Bible-based political, religious and social order. One of the first tasks of this order
will be to eliminate religious freedom. Their eventual goal is to achieve
the 'Kingdom of God' in which the entire world is converted to Christianity. They
feel that the power of God's word will bring about this conversion. No armed force
or insurrection will be needed; in fact, they believe that there will be little
opposition to their plan. People will willingly accept it if it is properly presented to
It is not Islam that is the enemy but rather Fundamentalism. What makes Islam look so bad is the fact that the entire Arab world is locked into Fundamental Islamic Theocracies. This was not always so. The Arabs and many of their neighbors have fallen. Let's hope we are not the next to fall under the dominion of religious fundamentalism, of any sort.
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