Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Strange Bedfellows

The Guardian Unlimited (UK)
has a fascinating article describing how fundamentalist Christian and Islamic groups are working together to promote the so-called "pro-family" agenda around the world -- pro family meaning anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, anti-womens' rights, anti-sex education. Now, let me say that while I tend to be pretty liberal on social issues, I understand that reasonable can and do disagree on such basic beliefs as abortion, gay rights, etc. At the same time, these are pretty strange bedfellows... And it raises the question: What would be the difference between an Islamic theocracy and the Christian theocracy we are heading toward, besides the obvious differing cultural norms? Strange that some of the same conservatives in this country who so stridently support the war would be cooperating with the fundamentalist Islamic groups that are sponsoring the suicide bombers that attack our troops. Strange bedfellows indeed.


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