Thursday, March 03, 2011

Quote for the day

Saw this quote from the late Reverend Peter J. Gomes, a Baptist minister, over at Andrew's place and it was way too relevant (and true) not to repost here:

"Religious fundamentalism is dangerous because it cannot accept ambiguity and diversity and is therefore inherently intolerant. Such intolerance, in the name of virtue, is ruthless and uses political power to destroy what it cannot convert. It is dangerous, especially in America, because it is anti-democratic and is suspicious of 'the other,' in whatever form that 'other' might appear. To maintain itself, fundamentalism must always define 'the other' as deviant,"


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