Fundamentalism: "diabolic" union between religion and politics


The Catholic News Agency AsiaNews has published an interesting analysis of the terrorist ideology at inter alia it says

The deaths at the Kadhimiyah mosque, preceded by mortar attacks for which a Sunni group linked to Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility, are once again the signs of the “diabolic” face of Islamic terrorism. According to Jesuit Fr Samir Khalil Samir, this Islam has lost all ties with spirituality and religiosity and has become an “anti-divine” and “anti-human” ideology, which seeks only power. “Certainly, this movement claims an Islamic quality,” Fr Samir told AsiaNews, “but what defines it is the desire for power, mixed with a religious element, in the name of God. Marxist ideology was the same thing, but without God; the same goes for nationalism: they are all forms of ideology where the aim becomes power. This is, in point of fact, anti-divine, diabolical, even if done in the name of God; it is anti-human.” …

…the primary aim of Islamic terrorism is to overturn governments of the Islamic world considered to be false, corrupted, Westernized Muslims, in order to create that model society which would be the sharia-based Islamic society.

Even in the 1960s and 70s, ideologues were not thinking so much of attacking the West, but the Islamic world and they developed the theory that was limited to overturning Islamic governments. Then, over time, in analyzing the strong ties that existed with the West, they began a phase in which they attacked mainly the West. Today, we have reached a phase where everyone is under attack: Islamic governments and Western governments.

Yesterday massacre in Baghdad can be seen as Wahabi fundamentalism’s attack against the Sh’ite heretics. The hatred that exists between Sunnis and Shi’ites surpasses by far the hatred that can exist between Christians and Muslims. This because the first is caused by strictly political reasons, i.e. who was to take power of the Caliphate. This explains the many attacks and destruction aimed at Shi’ites in Iraq and Pakistan. But it also reveals that what is driving fundamentalism is a political project that wants achieving by eliminating the adversary…

The problem is that Wahabi fundamentalists refer to Mohammad and his Medina experience, in other words, an Islam that is conflated with politics. Islam would need to be helped to reread the Koran in an historical and sociological sense, to separate religion from politics, but unfortunately this step is accepted only by a minute Westernized minority.

Islam has never made the distinction – typical of Christianity – between what is Caesar’s and what is God’s.

These groups seek power and make use of religious motivations, of pure orthodoxy, to battle the Shi’ites, Westernized Muslims, and Westerners themselves…

A rereading of the Koran, inspired by the behaviour of Mohammad at the Mecca, at the outset of his vocation, is by now absolutely necessary to enter into the modern world.



I like it.

I’ve read Islamic pamphlets that make a big deal about how Islam is “more complete” than Christianity (in that it comes prepackaged with a political philosophy in the Koran).

Some how, I think interpreting Jesus’ “Render unto Ceasar what is Caesars” teaching that way is so much better. It keeps politics in a much better perspective.

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