Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Comparing Zealotry

Two post over on Andrew Sullivan yesterday.

This from a Muslim writer.
http://time.blogs.com/daily_dish/2006/09/a_muslim_writer.html
In the House of Islam, you cannot have a principle other than that of the community. Every thing you do is referred to Islam. The mantra is "that's stupid BUT ... But we cannot do this because we are Muslims." One hears this expression ad nauseam. In the Islamic world you cease to be a human being. You become only a Muslim, whatever that entails.

You are not allowed to be a person with vices and virtues, you cannot follow your own reasoning, and you cannot be unpopular or defend an unpopular idea. You cannot go out of the circle. To express yourself freely means to risk death. And death indeed if you change your faith. Invention itself is considered as an act of blasphemy.


and this from someone writing about a Family/American Family Association "Values Voters" summit they attended.
http://time.blogs.com/daily_dish/2006/09/christianism_wa_3.html
There is no room for disagreement, because it is tantamount to evil. Dissent is the same as blasphemy, and everything is approached in orthodox terms. I've always been a conservative because I believe that there is such a think as good and evil and that moral relativism is a crazy road on which logic can rarely stick. I believe in limited government and individual liberty. I know I can do things better than any bureaucracy ever will. But what conservatism has become with these people is horrifying. They'd trade liberty for a handshake from W., compassion for power. And they've got one amazing plan in place to make sure that future generations have a tighter, more limited, and clearly more hostile worldview. I went there hoping to prove myself wrong about what I thought was happening, but I just couldn't do it.


Hmmmmmmm........

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1 Comments:

Blogger black dog said...

Its the same isn't it!?

There has to be a middle ground.

9:10 PM, September 27, 2006  

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