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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
The nature of your observations can be easily flipped to present commentary on how fanatical Christianity is a false ideology just as easy.
Fanatics aren't created from within normal practice of a given doctrine, they're created from external stresses, much as you've indicated. They look for justification for their fanatical desires within their ideology, and what do you know, in Abrahamic religions, it's easy to find.
But this isn't the "Conspiracies in Religion" forum.
My point was not about the individual merits of one ideology over another, or even the evils of fanatic ideology, but the tonality of rhetoric from this national leader. His fundamentalist Christian background made it impossible for him to temper his words. To him, anything but his ideology is a false one... fanatic or not.
His comment is the type of comment that ends up snowballing and creating fanatics. In the fervent atmosphere of a Muslim nation, it doesn't take much to fan the flames of Christian hatred... and this comment could be used as a pretty big fan.
I would expect the senior officials of our government to understand this, and while their personal beliefs may be anything they like, I would hope their rhetoric demonstrates an understanding of the larger issues.
Originally posted by mepatriot
A committed Satanist will call all ideologies but his own "false."
Originally posted by intrepid
I just love the hardline Republican way of though:
When I'm right, I'm right.
When I'm wrong, I'm still right.