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Re: Fundamentalism/Intolerance

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Submitted by Mark (United States), Jul 30, 2002 at 10:18

I disagree with a previous comment by Glenn Klotz. I don't think that the comparison with non-Islamic fundamentalist religious groups demonstrates that the basic problem is fundamentalism of all kinds. Fundamentalist Islam teaches jihad, in which the idea of physical conquest of non-believers is central. I think that one would be hard pressed to find a fundamentalist sect today of any other religion that preaches or practices physical conquest of non-believers. Thus, the comparison is really more of a contrast, one which shows that fundamentalism in Islam is unique, and uniquely problematic in today's world.

Please note that rigidity and intolerance of other lifestyles and cultures is not synonymous with jihad. One can disapprove of another's lifestyles and beliefs and refuse to associate with them without taking up arms. Proselytizing and war are two very different things. In practical terms, there is a big difference between "God will judge you" and "I will be the hand through which God judges you."

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