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  •  It's not a single issue at all. (10+ / 0-)

    I've been trying to look it up, but I can't find it, but a long time ago a prominent Republican said that the problem was the Enlightenment! If you look at everything the far right has been doing, from doubting science to their views on women, it all stems from their desire to take the world back to a pre-Enlightenment time. For some reason, it seems that women's issues really make people sit up and take notice, but that's only one of a group of interlocking issues.

    •  Back to the Albigensian Crusades? (3+ / 0-)

      From the start of the Albigensian Crusades (1208) to, the end of the Wars of Religion, I think it was about 1692 or so. (I''m taking the Battle of Aughrim as the last, but I welcome other suggestions), there have been many wars by Christians against Christians over theological disputes. The 30 Years War killed half of Germany. The St. Bartholemew's Day Massacre killed as many French people in a few weeks as the Reign of Terror killed in months. Even after the wars ended, they let in place structures that killed more in later years. (Although the English prejudice against the Irish predates the Reformation, the religious issues probably was the key in limiting the assistance the UK would give to alleviate the Potato Famine.)

      What brought an end to this dispute? Mainly it was the Enlightenment; as the Montaignes and the Spinozas questioned the value of such deadly religiosity.

      Wishing an end to the Enlightenment would allow bin Laden wannabes to take over Christianity.

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 09:17:49 PM PDT

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