Terry Eagleton : Lunging, Flailing, Mispunching:The question of religion, specifically Islam, is being played out as a stalking horse on the political left. As so many left intellectuals sign on with Islamophobia there has been a lot of chatter dedicated to the business of proving how right it is to see Islam as on par with imperialism as the twin apocalyptic enemies of our time. Such is this determination to claim the high moral ground that Bush's incursion into Iraq is seen as a necessary evil in order to assert the values of the European Enlightenment against the barbarity of fundamentalist Islam.
At stake is a new way to view religion as a sin unto itself without allowing it the leeway of its actual everyday social and political context --as though religiosity is something that is sucked from the thumb of a deity or the mind of a diabolital mullah.So too is a negligence in addressing religion, specifically Islam, as without mass appeal, even necessity, and takeup as though millions of Moslems are prone to terrorism because they choose to visit mosques to pray.
Here's a great review by Terry Eagleton of Richard Dawkins new book The God Delusion, which touches on these very topics with considerable aplomb.Check it out.
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