Friday, February 24, 2006

# Posted 8:49 AM by Patrick Belton  

A CYBER CENOTAPH. To Atwar Bahjat, a woman of our age who reported with courage we can only admire. To the 47 men who had joined a joint Shi'i and Sunni demonstration against the bombing of the Samarra mosque, and shot by gunmen all afterward. Righteous martyrs, shuhada all, we remember them.

In pace.
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I take great exception to Huberty's interpretation of de Tocqueville's concept of religion and democracy.
'In France I had always seen the spirit of religion and the spirt of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other,' he wrote, 'but in America I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country.'
Adding,'Religion....must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of the country for if does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of free institutions.' In fact, he concluded, most Americans held religion 'to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions.'
The foregoing quotes taken from Paul Johnson's "A History of the American People", page 390.
Like so many on the Left, Huberty would seek to deny religions' almost primary role in the success of the the US. As well as ignoring that the most successful Western Democracy in that 21st Century is also the most religious one.
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