Friday, August 24, 2007

God's Warriors

I hope everyone got a chance to see Christiane Amanpour's excellent three-part series on CNN, God's Warriors. If not, I'm sure they'll rerun it soon. You can watch the trailer for it here. (Click on the "Behind the Scenes" tab to find it.)

She examined the fundamentalist beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the increasing impact they're making on the world. Fundies have always been scary to me, and after watching three nights of her interviews of them, I'm even more appalled by the vehemence with which they vow never to give up their fight against secularism. It's some scary shit, people.

I recently ran across this website:

H.E.R.B. - - - Had Enough Religious Bullshit !!
A Collection of Articles, Quotations, and Cartoons For
Those Of Us Who Prefer Not To Live In A Theocracy.

and I have to agree with it's founder's statement:

The World is divided into armed camps ready to commit genocide just because we can't agree on whose fairy tales to believe. In the end, Religion will kill us all. -- Ed Krebs

The site has a large collection of scary quotes from Fundies the world over. Here's just a small sample:

I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!
-- Rev. Jerry Falwell

Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith.... We need believing people.
-- Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933

Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society.
-- D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries and Bush advisor.

I couldn't agree more.