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  •  One bitter irony in this. (4+ / 0-)

    A lot of those texts were relevant to the history of Islam. Those extremists hurt their own religion by doing this, in addition to destroying an important part of human history in general.

     What I also find tragic is that people will use this as an excuse to bash Muslims or call for more unnecessary wars of aggression against Muslim nations. As Afghanistan and Iraq have proven, that will only make matters worse.

     I hate seeing conservative assholes hollering out their Islamophobic and warmongering tripe. It's worse when I see supposed liberals doing the same shit. Please don't go there folks. We're supposed to be better than that.

    •  Fundamentalism is an innovation (4+ / 0-)

      We can't have the hoi polloi reading unvarnished history.  It's sort of like the Soviets censoring Marx and Engels' works -- for fear of a comparison between ideology and practice, with practice coming out worst.

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:38:05 PM PST

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    •  Mali is something like 90% Islamic, but (4+ / 0-)

      Islam there has long been pretty moderate and tolerant.  From what I've heard there have generally been good relations between the majority and the religious minorities (Christian and traditional animists).

      The Christian extremists in this country will absorb absolutely no knowledge or sense of Mali's tolerant kind of Islam; but every story of the Islamist insurgents stoning someone to death will inflame their fear and rancor.  Nothing like selective perception to feed bigotry.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:29:27 PM PST

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