It is a warning about sinister power behind democratic faces that uses the battle cries of democracy. It is a warning about messianic politicians, apparently touched by God, and about appeasement and truth.
Fighting Fascism Then, and Now
[U.K.] July 17, 2005
The fundamentalist Taliban is recrudescing in Afghanistan, young girls in Iraq are afraid to leave their homes because there are so many kidnappings and rapes, and women's groups in Iraq are terrified that the new constitution will cut women's rights to a Saudiesque level.
Some Shiite politicians are pushing to supplant the civil courts that have long governed marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance with religious courts that are based on Sharia, or Islamic law. . . . Clerics running religious courts based on the Koran could legitimize polygamy, honor killings, stonings and public beheadings of women charged with adultery, . . .
To us, the liberated" but repressive Iraq is a paradox. To the women, it's a prison.
Columnist Maureen Dowd
The New York Times, Aug. 13, 2005
It's time that we acknowledged honestly what most people believe, that religion is at bottom nonsense.
Columnist Justin Cartwright
Guardian [UK], Aug. 13, 2005
If God is the designer, and we are created in his image, does that mean he has back problems too? . . .
We are profoundly imperfect, cobbled together rather than designed.
Prof. David P. Barash
University of Washington
Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2005
For an idea to prevail, it must win the battle of ideas, the battle for hearts and minds--not the battle for political power.
We should think carefully before attempting to turn religious doctrine--especially fervently held doctrine--into civil law. . .
James R. Suiter
Star-Telegram (Texas), July 15, 2005
Perhaps all doctors, like me, are one dead baby away from atheism. . . .
There is kindness in this world. There is compassion and decency. In a universe of death and suffering, there are things that make existence worth our while. In the heart of each person there is a penchant to make one's environment a better place. There does not need to be a God if we choose to exercise our proclivity for decency.
Dr. David Lee, M.D.
"The night I lost my faith"
Medical Economics, April 8, 2005
(Submitted by Charles H. Howarth, M.D.)