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I detest quote mining, Katrin. Your second quote goes, in full:
Anticlericalism is not about preventing theocracy, it's about pushing religious influence out of the secular state and the secular public space. Theocracy is only the most pernicious form of religious influence in the public space, not the only one.

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Now you are arguing that there is something like "political Islam".

Of course there is. It's not a serious problem in Europe (except as useful idiots for Christian crackpots who want to establish a precedent of treating religious apologetics as permissible political arguments).

But that doesn't mean it's not there and it doesn't mean it's not a problem at all. There is a number of perfectly habitable halfway houses between "exist only in the fevered imagination of Pentecostal fundamentalists" and "is an existential threat to European Civilization.TM"

One of those halfway houses is "I don't ordinarily pay attention to it, but if someone starts making apologetics then I'll debunk those apologetics."

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 02:49:16 PM EST
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