d.koechlin at wanadoo.fr
Sat Dec 8 21:29:31 MST 2012
Thank you John, you have encapsulated exactly what I was gingerly trying
to express :
>>"As an atheist, I see nothing wrong with pointing out backward
Islam like Roman Catholicism should be fair to criticize.
This is different than attacking or urging attacks on individuals who
might believe in
backward religious thinking. Islamaphobia was meant to describe
of people who happen to be Muslims and treat as less than equal human
People who because of their belief are all viewed as crashing airplanes
is irrational and fearful."
Islam like Catholicism should be fair to criticize. Of course, the
existing economic/social relationships are the
matrix from which all political and social developments stem.
That is Marx's method. Calling people anti-Semitic because they claim
that Moses never existed is not
Marxist.Calling people anti-Christian because they claim the Gospels
were written in the 2nd century CE is not Marxist. Calling people
Islamophobic because they claim Muhamad was a caravan raider is not
But what seemed self-evident in the 1950s-1980s (Socialism AND Atheism)
is now seen as problematic, because
the USSSR no longer exists, Pan-Arab Socialism has disappeared and
Evangelical Chrisitanity has become the most potent political reality in
the US ("Culture Wars" and "Republican=Christian values").
Unfortunately, we have another few years of "back to religion" and
"don't criticize people's belief systems, it's mean and hurtful" in
front of us before we can get back to the crux of the matter : the
collapse of CApitalism under the weight of its own contradictions and
force in the US.
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