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{Sunday, October 13, 2002}

 
EXPERIMENT IN DEPTH

"Totalitarianism is not so much a faith as a psychological technique.
This technique has now been operated sufficiently often for its main features to become evident. As raw material it prefers a nation defeated in war, torn by dissension, suffering under real or fancied indignities; but any people delivered over to passion or fear will serve.

The technique of disintegration

Time and again, throughout the ages, religion has been perverted by substantially the same means. The recipe varies in form but in essence remains invariable. Given a people suitably disposed, a cult of bigotry and persecution is preached. As a first step, the demonic shadow is projected upon unbelievers, infidels, heretics, papists and the like. Upon the faithful themselves a marvellous persona is set: they alone are the chosen people, the holy, the elect, the saints of God. The magical means of victory is likewise theirs: the Heaven-sent leader, the trusty smeller-out of heresy, the infallible doctrine, the infallible rite. Above all they are dedicated to a holy war, a sacred mission, a divine destiny, in which the enemies of God will be utterly defeated and cast down. Such is the well-worn formula for splitting the human psyche and using the archetypal energy so released for purposes of power."

Experiment in Depth - P.W.Martin (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971 edition, pages 194-195)

Who Hijacked Islam? by ANWAR IBRAHIM
"Never in Islam's history have the actions of so few of its followers caused the religion and its community of believers to be such an abomination in the eyes of others."

Failures of Nerve
The Reform Islam Needs
'Why We Fight America':
Al-Qa'ida Spokesman Explains September 11 and Declares Intentions to Kill 4 Million Americans with Weapons of Mass Destruction

"Let not your hatred of others cause you to act unjustly against them." � The Koran

Between I and Thou, my "I-ness" is the source of torment.
Through Thy "I-ness" lift my "I-ness" from between us.
Al-Hallaj

"Nothing is as anti-democratic as murder." Indonesian Government Foreign Ministry Spokesman 13/10/02

"Hubal is the cult of Osama bin Laden, tempter of our generation, leader of those apostates who wallow in literalism and idolize jihad"
Ayman al-Zawahiri profile
The Caliph of Cologne
Osama bin Manson

Confused Jerry Falwell shames himself
Update - Falwell 'sorry' for remark
Chaos cannot occlude the eye of the heart

"One of the most devout Catholics and, at the same time, great scholars of Islam whose concern with Christian-Islamic understanding could have served as a beacon of light for later Catholic scholars, but who has not been as much followed as one would expect, was L. Massignon. See G. Bassetti-Sani, Louis Massignon - Christian Ecumenist, Chicago, 1974 ... and from the Islamic side H. Askari - Inter-Religion, Aligarh, 1977.
M. Talbi, M. Arkoun, and several other Muslim scholars have also been active in this process during the past few years, but strangely enough from both sides little use has been made of the sapiential perspective in making the inner understanding of the other religion possible."
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Knowledge and the Sacred

Passion and Perspective: Two Dimensions of Education in the Bible - Walter Brueggemann
"The sapiential perspective, as expressed in Job and Ecclesiastes, not only knows but practices a critical unmasking of its own claims to knowledge."

Between tradition and modernity Re�id Hafizovic - Sarajevo

Evangelist - "A bearer of good tidings, particularly (in a religious sense) such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbours."
The Devil's Dictionary - Ambrose Bierce


posted by Andrew 10/13/2002 01:46:00 PM

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