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Friday, November 02, 2007

Faith will unsettle politics everywhere this century

Faith and politics: The new wars of religion
Nov 1st 2007 From The Economist print edition Faith will unsettle politics everywhere this century; it will do so least when it is separated from the state
A RELIGIOUS fanatic feels persecuted, goes overseas to fight for his God and then returns home to attempt a bloody act of terrorism. Next week as Britons celebrate the capture of Guy Fawkes, a Catholic jihadist, under the Houses of Parliament in 1605, they might reflect how dismally modern the Gunpowder Plot and Europe's wars of religion now seem.
Back in the 20th century, most Western politicians and intellectuals (and even some clerics) assumed religion was becoming marginal to public life; faith was largely treated as an irrelevance in foreign policy. Symptomatically, State Department diaries ignored Muslim holidays until the 1990s. In the 21st century, by contrast, religion is playing a central role. From Nigeria to Sri Lanka, from Chechnya to Baghdad, people have been slain in God's name; and money and volunteers have poured into these regions. Once again, one of the world's great religions has a bloody divide (this time it is Sunnis and Shias, not Catholics and Protestants). And once again zealotry seems all too relevant to foreign policy: America would surely not have invaded Iraq and Afghanistan (and be thinking so actively of striking Iran) had 19 young Muslims not attacked New York and Washington.
It does not stop there. Outside Western Europe, religion has forced itself dramatically into the public square. In 1960 John Kennedy pleaded with Americans to treat his Catholicism as irrelevant; now a born-again Christian sits in the White House and his most likely Democrat replacement wants voters to know she prays. An Islamist party rules once-secular Turkey; Hindu nationalists may return to power in India's next election; ever more children in Israel and Palestine are attending religious schools that tell them that God granted them the whole Holy Land. On present trends, China will become the world's biggest Christian country—and perhaps its biggest Muslim one too. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, not usually a reliable authority on current affairs, got it right in an open letter to George Bush: “Whether we like it or not,” he wrote, “the world is gravitating towards faith in the Almighty.” ...
Ironically, America, the model for much choice-based religion, has often seemed stuck in the secular era, declaring war on state-sponsored terror, only to discover the main weapon of militant Islamism is often the ballot box.
Friday, November 02, 2007 Dalit Religion is our Religion
Dalitology: We Dalits are Dalits, we are neither Hindus, nor Christians nor Muslims nor Buddhists, We have our history and our culture. Dalit Religion is our Religion Palash Biswas
Contact: Palash C Biswas, C/O Mrs Arati Roy, Gosto Kanan, Sodepur, Kolkata- 700110, India. Phone: 91-033-25659551 Email:
Dalitology was written as the Scriptures of the Dalit people. Dalit Panchayats began to be established for internal governance. Booshakthi Kendra was established as a symbol of Dalit resurgence. We Dalits are Dalits, we are neither Hindus, nor Christians nor Muslims nor Buddhists, We have our history and our culture. Dalit Religion is our Religion. This became the strong assertion of the Dalit people.

1 comment:

  1. Never mind that the two would be world conquering entirely political "religions" of islam and christianity are now both gearing up for the "final showdown".