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Secularism is not Saintliness

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in response to reader comment: A sincere question to Dr. Pipes

Submitted by Frank Luke (United States), Jan 5, 2011 at 11:20

Secularism is good because it allows men to exercise their God-given right to choose their way of worshiping God and which God to worship. God may punish them for their wrong choices, but he has not taken away their right. Secularism takes congnizance of this fact.

On the other hand, Hitler was secular. That did not make him a saint. Men can commit atrocities in the name of God, in the name of religion, in the name of atheism, and in the name of "just because I can". We did not fight Hitler's forces because we were unaware of his secularism, we fought because he had to be stopped. We trust Banerjee can draw the parallels from this to Saddam and Nasser.

Regarding supporting the Shah of Iran, I would prefer a man who slays 10 men to a man who slays 10,000. I would thereby save at least 9,990 lives. A man who kills no one might be ideal, but of the 2 mentioned above, the former is to be preferred over the later.

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