Ron Liberte says, "Right now in the Kabul City Paper, some Islamic militant is writing an op-ed justifying his extremism too. I guess it makes sense, Islamic militants have a lot in common with the American Right - their views on women and other minorities and their ambitions for total theocracy, for example. You guys should get together and exchange notes."
Logical fallacies galore, here, Ron. Skewed comparison, for sure. Guilt of the whole inferred from guilt of the few. Vague assertions to be accepted as true. And on it goes. The "American Right" does not march in lockstep, no more than the "American Left." I'm an old fogey, and in all my life's experiences I have seldom come across a politically conservative individual who does not respect women and womanhood. In fact, most of these "right-wingers" tend to be the ones who place women on the proverbial pedestal, and are still among the few who open doors for women and stand up to let them sit down on the bus. I live in a mostly conservative area, and am a non-affiliated voter, mostly right-leaning but always an independent thinker.
Almost to a person, my conservative friends have been among the avant garde when it comes to respecting people of all races. This back in the '50's and '60's and continuing today. In sharp contrast to the southern democrats I ran across during my military service. Total theocracy? You've got to be kidding, right? Just a belief that society is in dire need of some moral compass. This coupled with the realization of the broad implications of Christianity in our daily lives and actions, whether we are a carpenter or a politician. Makes no difference. The response from many "modern" liberals: "Whose morals? Yours or mine?" Translation: "Who's needs morals? If it feels good, do it."
As far as extremism, I liken it to two groups gathered on the opposite ends of a long rope, playing tug-of-war. Chances are, because most of us are along the rope somewhere between them, the rope will be held relatively steady and neither extreme group will be able to take off and run with it in either direction. Unless we loosen our grip or lose our focus.
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