19 August 2007

 

The Politicisation of Religion

Is it paranoid of me to think that this is the greatest threat to the world and to continuation of the scientific enlightenment into the next millennium?

Last Sunday there was a massive demonstration/rally in Indonesia calling for a Grand Caliphate of all Muslim countries based on Islamic law.

This project is openly proclaimed by Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Britain.

Equally on the American side there are the Dominionists who claim that America is or should be a Christian country, for instance: Christianity is Americas True Faith by Al Bedrosian.

This is despite the fact that the founding fathers were definitely not Christians.

This thesis is expounded in a new book, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges who is himself a Christian writer. For an account of his views see here also.

Some of the links here came from an alarming discussion on the BCSE forum. The British Centre for Science Education is concerned principally to campaign against the teaching of creationism in our schools. This is just one aspect of the politicisation of religion.

Comments:
I've just learnt that CNN is doing a series on "God's Warriors" that loks to be relevant to this.

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/gods.warriors/

It wil cover Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
 

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