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Saturday, July 13, 2002
I've added a comment in response to this entry by Roy Edroso over at Warblogger Watch. I guess hyperlinks aren't allowed so here is the comment as I wanted it to be read:
Muslims who don't participate in holy wars are no more and no less unobservant of their religion than Christians who don't believe slavery is just and/or do not practice a whole bunch of other things that most Christians don't believe in yet are arguably supported by the Good Book.
As someone who has trouble with the whole concept of God but has spent and continues to spend a long time thinking about religious faith, I don't quite understand how or why Christians and Muslims, or practioners of any other religion, feel they can pick and choose what parts of their sacred texts they believe in and what parts they don't but any person who has every though seriously about religion and religious practices will have to include that there is no one true Christianity or Islam. Rather these religions have proven to be very flexible and will surely continue to change in the future.
In case you are interested, for a good summary of how Islamic fundamentalism is a recent phenomenon and actually a product of modernity, check out Tariq Ali's The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity.