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  •  modernity causes anxiety everywhere (0+ / 0-)

    You need to question your assumptions and biases.

    The fight over modernity is ugly around the world. The bloodthirsty policies of the West (Christiandom) and Israel (Judaism) are different than radical Islam, but rooted in the same emotional place.

    People are turning to fucked-up religious interpretations as a reaction against modernity. This is true across religions.

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    by Carl Nyberg on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 10:41:02 AM PDT

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    •  The struggle occurs everywhere. (0+ / 0-)

      However, fundamentalism is much, much, much, much stronger in the Islamic world than it is in Israel or in the Christian or Hindu worlds.  

      This is not to say that we don't have our own demons to stare down--but those demons arise from the dangers of modernity, not those elements of society opposing it.

      •  why is Islam more fucked up? (1+ / 0-)
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        Here's my take.

        Islam isn't as fucked-up as its enemies portray it.

        To the extent Islam is more fucked-up it's because the underlying human conditions are worse in the Islamic world.

        What are the conditions people are living under in Islamic countries? Christian countries? Israel? India?

        Economic and social conditions are worse in Islamic countries. But most of the fucked-up governments in the Islamic world got fucked-up due to meddling by the West.

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        by Carl Nyberg on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 08:26:43 AM PDT

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