Religion Against Art

While American Christianity seems to be flooding the market with bad art that will turn a quick buck, this seems to be the exception to the rule in terms of global fundamentalism, where the trend is towards violent iconoclasm.

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Progressives and Radical Islam

Like many people, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in the wake of the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo. One thing that I’ve noticed is that self-identified progressives seem to be at a loss about how the West should address radical Islam.

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Some More Stuff on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Re-posted and edited together from this thread (http://bilgrimage.blogspot.com/2015/01/quote-for-day-political-cartoons-are.html):

The two brothers who killed the staff at Charlie Hebdo and the other guy who killed the people at the kosher market explicitly said that they were doing so to avenge the damage done to Muhammad’s “honor.” Plus, when someone shouts, “Allahu Akbar” while brandishing an assault rifle, is there any real doubt that religion is motivating that person? I do not think that Islam as a whole is responsible for this tragedy, but a particular strain that arose in the mid-twentieth century from the works of one Sayyid Qutb, whose writings inspired Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, and probably other groups as well:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayyid_Qutb

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