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  1. Beauregard

    American reply to an Italian Jesuit periodical published twice a month and which enjoys a quasi-official status inasmuch as the Vatican’s Secretariat of State exercises oversight over the articles it publishes.

    http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/07/14/on-that-strange-disturbing-and-anti-american-civilta-cattolica-article/

    The writer states this is a very odd article emanating from the Vatican.

    The authors “make various assertions about specific political and religious trends in the United States: claims which are, at best, tenuous and certainly badly informed.”

    “Consider, for instance, the authors’ analogy between the theological outlook of particular strands of American Evangelicalism and ISIS. As far as I am aware, American self-described fundamentalists are not destroying 2000 year-old architectural treasures, decapitating Muslims, crucifying Middle Eastern Christians, promoting vile anti-Semitic literature, or slaughtering octogenarian French priests.”

    Links “are also made between climate change skepticism, the faith of white southern Christians (comments which, if applied to other racial groups, would be denounced by some as verging on bigotry), and apocalyptic thinking among some American Evangelicals.”

    A friend of the author “who happens to be a leading historian of American Evangelicalism at a prestigious secular university described the article’s take on this subject to me as “laughably ignorant.”

    It is “important to acknowledge that certain ideas—such as Marxism-Leninism, Islamist jihadism, or National Socialism—have driven transnational movements and nation-states to act in ways that are evil because the ideas themselves are evil.”

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    1. RomanInUkraine Post author

      > It is “important to acknowledge that certain ideas—such as Marxism-Leninism, Islamist jihadism, or National Socialism—have driven transnational movements and nation-states to act in ways that are evil because the ideas themselves are evil.”

      You get further into an issue by making consequential arguments rather than labeling things good and evil, which is just shorthand for “my belief system” or even “good for me / bad for me”.

      Marxism/Leninism and Islam both promise salvation to underclasses in exchange for their violence. Nazism, has also committed mind-boggling atrocities, but it is reactionary. That’s the big difference.

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