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I thought this was a very interesting idea on how to deal with fundamentalism. we know wars don't work and logic has never worked. education is about the only way to combat it. We know this works as we see so many fundies hiding their children and themselves from education.

First, religious extremism will not be defeated by a primarily military response to it. Ample evidence proves such a strategy does not work and often makes things worse. Religious and political zealots prefer huge military responses to the threats created by Islamic extremism.

Ironically, this holds true on both sides of the conflict, because the fundamentalist zealots also prefer the simplistic military approach, because they are often able to use it effectively. The shock-and-awe strategy of military might simply has not worked. Fundamentalists actually flourish and win the most new recruits amidst overly aggressive military campaigns against them.

Second, religious extremism is best undermined from the inside, rather than smashed from the outside. The answer to bad religion is not secularism, as all the "new atheists" like to say; rather, it is better religion. And the best antidote to religious fundamentalism of all stripes is -- in every case -- the genuine faith tradition that is alive and well in most world religions.

For example, the best thing that moderate and progressive Christians can do in the struggle with fundamentalism in other faith traditions is to make powerful alliances with the moderate and progressive leaders in those other faith communities.The antidote to fundamentalist religion is prophetic religion and a new alliance between prophetic religious leaders, across our many faith traditions, is the best way to defeat the threats of modern fundamentalism.

Third, while the use of force to protect security and bring perpetrators to justice is justifiable, defeating the mindset and motives of terrorism will come through much broader and more creative strategies. This third principle goes back to Paul's strategy of feeding your enemies if they are hungry to "heap burning coals on their heads." What the modern Muslim world most needs today is education (especially of its young women), the building of technology and infrastructure and a principle focus on economic development.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-walli ... 22429.html

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I think that educating women is the key. It seems that the better educated mothers are, the more likely that their families will do well. Extremism tends to grow in situations of poverty and poor education.

When I was on Catholic Answers Forum, I was often shocked at how rude some of the Christians were to the Muslims who visited. I'm not certain what those posted wanted to accomplish. It certainly wasn't very Christ like on their part.

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I think that educating women is the key. It seems that the better educated mothers are, the more likely that their families will do well. Extremism tends to grow in situations of poverty and poor education.

When I was on Catholic Answers Forum, I was often shocked at how rude some of the Christians were to the Muslims who visited. I'm not certain what those posted wanted to accomplish. It certainly wasn't very Christ like on their part.

I agree woman are key and as we see it is part of why fundies repress them too. The article got it right about female education.

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I remember reading that the UN was pouring more resources into women's programs after discovering that when women control the money, it is much more likely to go to the household and the community. I really believe that women can be the difference in religious extremism of all kinds. Unfortunately, we have so many American women turning down opportunities (health care, educations, jobs, voting, etc) that a woman in the Sudan would love to access. Sometimes I wish we could trade these fundies that want to live a third world lifestyle for families in the developing world who are ready and willing to be full and contributing members of American society. An exchange program of sorts.

How long would it take before the fundies realized that giving birth in a hut and having a village of children who cannot go to school and OMG no taxes for evil roads and abortions is NOT the Eden they expect?

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