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If I could live again - I will travel light, If I could live again - I'll try to work bare feet at the beginning of spring till the end of autumn. Jorge Luis Borges, Instants
Afghan woman being executed by the local Taliban militia. The sheer brutality of the act, and its justification based on Islamic religious principles, numbs the rational mind. There are so many evils reflected in this single act of savagery that it overwhelms one's capacity to reply with anything other than with an atavistic rage arising from deep within the reptilian area of one's brain.
Christianity and Islam have been hijacked by fundamentalists who have made religion the language of power, the excuse for violence, and the alibi for empire. Bill Moyers, A Time for Heresy
But what unites [Western radicalism and fundamentalist Islam] is that both are rooted in contemporary nihilistic multiculturalism; both express, at best, ambivalence about, at worst outright rejection of, the ideas of modernity, universality, and progress. And both see no real alternative to Western power. Kenan Malik, All Cultures are not Equal
Islamists have not buried Enlightenment values; rather they are dancing on their grave.Brendan O’Neill, Can We Have Our Voltaire Back Please?