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If Karen Armstrong is moved to say this…

01 Aug

…we would do well to listen. She is a scholar of great distinction and in no way an extremist of any kind. She is neither anti-American nor antisemitic. She is in fact a model of cool reasoning when it comes to religious history and commentary, one of the greatest students of Islam in the West as well, with a depth of understanding that commands respect on all sides. Now (thanks to The Poet for this again) she has written Bush’s fondness for fundamentalism is courting disaster at home and abroad. Read it with the utmost attention. (Karen Armstrong is the author of The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism.)


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2 responses to “If Karen Armstrong is moved to say this…

  1. AV

    August 2, 2006 at 9:02 am

    On my blog I’ve been more than a little critical of those who would use a legitimate grievance with Israel’s policies as an excuse to engage in anti-Semitic ranting. I think the Christian Right’s tendency to use “The Jew” as pawns in its grand eschatological game is simply another form of anti-Semitism.

     
  2. ninglun

    August 2, 2006 at 9:31 am

    I couldn’t agree more, AV. Antisemitism is a clear evil in its own right, whatever the sins of Israel in recent days.

     
 
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