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The Taliban Vs. Christian Fundamentalists...What's The Difference?

Updated on September 1, 2012

This past Monday (08/28/12, "American Taliban Testifies Against Prison Ban on Prayer," USAToday), imprisoned American John Walker Lindh, who was captured by U.S. military forces on the battlefield in Afghanistan back in 2001 fighting alongside the Taliban, testified in federal court in Indianapolis. Court records indicate that Lindh (serving a 20-year sentence for conspiring to kill Americans) is challenging an administrative policy for individually-housed prisoners at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute which forbids group prayer.

As I listened to news reports of this court hearing, I couldn't help but think of how Fundamentalist Christians in America often make similar assertions of "political/religious persecution," especially as it relates to political arena. Then, I got I got to thinking about how similar these two groups are--The Taliban & Christian Fundamentalists--are in other ways...

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      Beyond-Politics 5 years ago from The Known Universe (beyond.the.spectrum@gmail.com)

      Point taken. That's why I use the term "Fundamentalist."

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      secularist10 5 years ago from New York City

      Very true. Voting up.

      It makes sense, since both Islam and Christianity are Abrahamic monotheistic religions, who claim to have the absolute, unchanging truth, and who claim nonbelievers will go to Hell (in fact, they are the only two religions that make that claim).

      I don't think it's accurate to refer to the "Christian Right" however. Christian Fundamentalists or Fanatics is more precise. But the "Christian Right" includes millions of people who are conservative, traditional, and even backward, but not violent.

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      Often Liberal 5 years ago

      I can't wait to see how conservatives are going to spin the similarities on this one! I love this man!!! ^5 ^5

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      Beyond-Politics 5 years ago from The Known Universe (beyond.the.spectrum@gmail.com)

      Thank you (especially for having an open mind).

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      Charles Hilton 5 years ago

      Right on! Voted up.