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Religious Fundamentalism: A Mental Illness

An Oxford University researcher and author specializing in neuroscience has suggested that one day religious fundamentalism may be treated as a curable mental illness. [bron]

Update: Een boek uit 2006 van haar hand: “Brainwashing: the science of thought control

There is something rotten in Islam

‘There is a problem within Islam – from the adherents of an ideology which is a strain within Islam,’

‘We have to put it on the table and be honest about it. Of course there are Christian extremists and Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu ones. But I am afraid this strain is not the province of a few extremists. It has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies.’

‘At the extreme end of the spectrum are terrorists, but the world view goes deeper and wider than it is comfortable for us to admit. So by and large we don’t admit it.’ [bron]

Tony Blair

Update: de volledige tekst van Blair