Just got time to carve a word, or not even that – simply to mark two stories I found today on teh interwebs. This one, on the teaching of evolution in US schools following the 2005 Dover trials; and this one, on the religiously motivated attack on a teacher who taught religious education in classes in London at which Muslim girls were present (thanks to Mr A. S. of London for the link).
Yes, there is religious extremism in both cases, but to damn religion as a general cause is facile – you might as well damn the telephone because some people use it to make dirty phone calls.
What interests me is how it is that troops from the U. S. and A., a country where religious fanaticism is such that teachers and legislators fight battles every day to prevent the forces of unreason extinguishing the pale light of rationality, are fighting the Taliban, an organization which, at least allegedly, bumps off people who have the temerity of wishing to educate girls in anything whatsoever. What, precisely, are they fighting for? Answers on the proverbial postcard. On second thoughts, perhaps not.