Attack of the Theocrats' Author on Radio -- Good Show
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For Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM
After eight, Joy Cardin's guest explains why he says the religious right is harming American politics, and what we can do about it.
Sean Faircloth, author of, "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All-and What We Can Do About It."
He served for a decade in the Maine State Legislature and was Majority Whip there for his last term.
Currently, he's the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
And speaking of religious fundamentalists, here Chesler is writing about Islamophobia and even I, who thought no news could ever shock me again, was jerked into reality by this. And then I remembered a lot of the signs and rationalizations and I had one of those click moments.
"As Islamist terrorists are being arrested in Baku for a plot to attack both the American and Israeli Embassies; as Muslims torture, murder, and exile Christians from their native Arab lands; as Hamas constantly bombards Israeli civilians with rockets launched from Gaza; even as Iran is threatening to send many "caravans of tens of thousands" of hostile Iranians to march on Jerusalem—guess what subject drew 225 eager audience members and the media to an upper west side Jewish Community Center?
The subject du jour was:"Combating Islamophobia," which featured panelists Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali. The moderator: None other than former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton."
Well I suppose the status of women under Islam is not sexy enough for the former hedge fund broker Chelsea. Tough to realize we are alone.
"Joining Kataria was protestor Dr. Arish Sahani who declared, “Shame on our intellectuals! Why don’t they teach their students that for 1400 years Muslims have been persecuting non-Muslims?”
Helen Freedman, the executive director of Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI), said, “The JCC, in sponsoring ‘Combating Islamophobia’, is suggesting that it is un-American to fear Islam.
Our liberal upbringing causes us to be offended by the accusation that we are racist when it comes to Islam, but isn't there ample justification for concern about a political agenda disguised as a religion which promotes hatred of infidels and women? The radical, militant, hate-filled Islam that has spread across the world, butchering and maiming millions in its path, deserves to be feared and eradicated.”