Purifying False Tongues
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  • Kris

    Where do those reactionary fanatics think they are? Quebec?

  • Toni

    English is now the world’s lingua franca, and it’s also infinitely adaptable to local needs. I don’t think I’m chauvinistic or elitist to suggest that common educational materials in English would be useful. Even radically pared to suit fervent Muslims.

    However, Dr. Mead points out that these disputes often aren’t sensible of reasonable. Still, English would be useful and also portable to most portions of the world.

  • It seems that a new Taliban power emerging in Somalia. These rebels try to enforce sharia law by putting fear in people’s minds. Democratization of Islamic societies is important factor in increasing tolerance toward other beliefs and cultures. Islamic militants will keep using sharia laws for their benefit as long as there is despotic regimes abusing power for getting filthy rich.

  • Dick Pickett

    Maybe the Somali fanatics are not too off course in their defense of Islamic sharia. After all, there are successful precedents:

    “According to the biblical account, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar, where they resolved to build a city with a tower “with its top in the heavens…lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the Earth.” God came down to see what they did and said: “They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withholden from them which they purpose to do.” So God said, “Come, let us go down and confound their speech.” And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel “because God there confounded the language of all the Earth.”(Genesis 11:5-8).”

  • Why am I reminded of Julian the Apostate’s edict banning Christians from giving instruction on the classics?

  • Jim.

    Here’s an article on a study you may want to look into, regarding religion as a cause of war:


    What do you think of the Kalevi J. Holsti’s 1991 book Peace and War: Armed Conflicts and International Order, 1648-1989? ( http://books.google.com/books/about/Peace_and_war.html?id=XeRWvk3TP_gC )

    How about the Correlates of War project? ( http://www.correlatesofwar.org/ )

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