Wednesday, May 25, 2005

From Europe to Canada to the US.

Note that the text Representative Conyers's propositions only specifically mentions Islam, but not Christianity or Judaism (save that they are Abrahamic religions like Islam). That the only holy book specifically mentioned is the Koran; not the Bible or the Talmud.

It does strike me as rather strange that those who would be first to say that America is becoming a theocracy are those who may well be inadvertently working as agents for another sort of theocracy.

-via LGF

Interesting to take a look at that in conjunction with Oriana Fallaci's having to stand trial for blasphemy in Italy.

Instapundit makes this excellent point:

Basically, where people warn about theocracy in the United States, we're seeing what amounts to a trial for blasphemy in Italy.

Tom Wolfe once said that Fascism is forever descending on the United States, but that somehow it always lands on Europe. Perhaps the same is true with theocracy?

Myself, I wonder if there isn't a bit of not seeing the forest through the trees going on here - that people might be so focused on what they see as the evils of the Christian Right that they are either missing or willingly (wilfully) overlooking how the religion of whom they choose to call the oppressed operates?


Mark said...

Yep, I'm no fan of the often annoying overreach of the 'Religious Right', but that's what it is, annoying - we're in no danger of becoming a theocracy. The Taliban - that's a theocracy...

Be said...

Hey - I've sat through some seriously inane conversations where people have actually said stuff like "the Taliban are less of a threat than the Republicans," or that they'd rather have Mullah Omar running this country than GWB. One fellow, a violinist, was asked if he knew what they did to musicians and people caught dancing in Afghanistan under that regime. He claimed to, but still believed that they were better than the current administration.

This is largely why I've quit debating on the subject. There's a certain segment of the population that you just.can't.reason.with. here. It's worn me out.