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Fundamentalists & Other Fun People

To know them is not to despise them.

Nov 22, 2004, Vol. 10, No. 10 • By PAUL MARSHALL
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In doing so we are allied with, and in large part defended by, people secularists label "religious extremists." This includes a significant proportion of the American military, especially the Marine Corps, who are, by most accounts, more evangelical than the population at large. Are the New York Times et al. seriously suggesting that the war on Islamofascism is at root a war on people like those in the U.S. armed forces?

In place of such fatuities, American secularists should stop trying to hitch their postmodern prejudices to the war on Islamist terrorism and instead stoop to learn something of the bewildering variety of committed belief. Their insistence on lumping together all religious convictions is bigotry and error, fundamentally so.

Paul Marshall is a senior fellow at Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom and author of many books on religion and politics.