[FoRK] 16 year old girl "Peace and Love"d to Death over Hijab
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
<drernie at radicalcentrism.org> on
Mon Dec 17 07:52:10 PST 2007
On Dec 16, 2007, at 10:01 AM, Aaron Burt wrote:
>> Tut, tut, Aaron. Don't you realize that *every* evil act committed by
>> a religious person *must* be because of their religion, whereas any
>> good act done by a religious person is to due to social and cultural
> That doesn't help things. Nor does sanctimony.
I 100% agree with you; sorry if you missed the irony.
> What helps in a society like Canada is finding ways to address the
> social issues (e.g. violent culture clashes between immigrant parents
> and assimilating kids) without triggering fears of religious
> Of course, every group has rabble-rousers happy to raise such fears,
> a fuss and boost their prestige thereby. Welcome to the monkey house.
Right. Violence and abuse have complex causes. Yes, religion can be
*a* factor, both as a cause and as in impediment to solutions. On the
other hand, religion can also be an ally, as a source for educating
communities that won't trust government intervention. It is a
> What also helps is finding ways to talk about this stuff without
> people all het up about swarthy foreigners, exotic cuties, infidel
> religions, or the strange practices of far-off dark continents. Mind,
> that's the stuff of cheap adventure stories and romances, so it's
> for modern journalism.
-- Ernie P.
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