I came across a quote this morning that I simply could not ignore. It is a quote that dates back to July of 2004, but clearly represents the growing plurality of views on the left. This quote comes from Robert B. Reich, co-founder of The American Prospect.
This quote comes from the last paragraph in the article linked to below:
The great conflict of the 21st century may be between the West and terrorism. But terrorism is a tactic, not a belief. The underlying battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernist fanatics; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe blind allegiance to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is no more than preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe that truth is revealed solely through scripture and religious dogma, and those who rely primarily on science, reason, and logic. Terrorism will disrupt and destroy lives. But terrorism is not the only danger we face.
See full article.
What strikes me about this quote, as well as the article as a whole, is that Reich has essentially lumped all religious people into the same basket – apparently with the label: archaic, ignorant, barbaric, and anything else you can think of that describes irrational behaving religious folks! In this regard, the Christian who devotes her life to helping others is no better than the terrorist who uses her baby to conceal a bomb. It seems that in Reich’s point of view, Christians and terrorists are all “anti-modernist fanatics.” It is a sad world we are living in when this thought process is becoming more and more prevalent.