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Reader comment on item: The Mystical Menace of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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Submitted by Jeru (United States), Sep 27, 2006 at 14:57

I find the increasing tone of moral relativism reflected in comments such as Brian's "What About Christianity?" to be disturbing, and it is a trend I have seen time and time again from those who are worried that condemning someone such as Ahmadenijad might mean having to acknowldege that although the world is complex, there exists objective right and wrong (sometimes it really is just that simple). Such relativisim is also asserted by those people (you all know them) who like to shoot down everyone else's argument while never expressing a coherent view of their own.

In particular, I can't tolerate any more of these comparisons between the Crusades and the current struggle against Islamo-Fascism. Stop it. Look, we all are very impressed that you paid attention in high school history class. That's awesome, dude. But the two just aren't the same.

I am concerned with the here and now. And I think extremism of any kind is dangerous and distinctly unAmerican. But no matter where you fall on the liberal/conservative spectrum, if you honestly believe (as Rosie O'Donnell recently expressed on The View) that fundamentalist Christianity poses the same danger to the world as Islamo-Fascism, you need to put down the pipe and pick up a newspaper, because things have been looking grim and those of us who have actually been paying attention could use your help in this thing.

The reason this trend is so disturbing is that if we are to prevail in the struggle against Islamo-Fascism, we cannot lose sight of the fact that we are better than them. And when you bring up the Crusades, or any other transgression of the West against Islam or the Middle East, you give Islamo-Fascism a pass. You sanction hate, intolerance , and violence in the name of religion. And in your rationalization you imply that we are not necessarily better than them. Well, if you really believe that, I invite you to travel to Saudi Arabia and attempt to freely practice any religion besides Islam in public. Or set up a school for women in Afghanistan. ...

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