Is Turkey More Enlightened and Braver Than Our Shining Nation?

1 03 2008

Our secular state has been going in exactly the opposite direction (backward!) since we started this new millennium. Wonder if we could get scholars to come reinterpret all that’s backward and wrong being read into ancient sacred texts by political powerbrokers here, and thereby save OUR secular, modern society from radical theocratic fundamentalism?

. . .the Turkish state has come to see the Hadith as having an often negative influence on a society it is in a hurry to modernise, and believes it responsible for obscuring the original values of Islam. . .
It says that a significant number of the sayings were never uttered by Muhammad, and even some that were need now to be reinterpreted.
. . . The argument is that Islamic tradition has been gradually hijacked by various – often conservative – cultures, seeking to use the religion for various forms of social control.

Leaders of the Hadith project say successive generations have embellished the text, attributing their political aims to the Prophet Muhammad himself. . .

When you read this transcript — I heard it this morning on NPR’s Saturday morning BBC feed — notice how they are actively and publicly “educating” society on this modern scholarship, with the team of 450 women sent into the sparsely populated interior of the nation to teach a more socially responsive and responsible religion, that doesn’t really say women are inferior and made to submit to dominionists and abusers. (Nance and I can’t do this all by ourselves, just talking with homeschoolers online, you know, but we’re trying!) 😉
Quick, someone call the paternalist Texas megachurches before Tuesday’s primary! Your faith has been hijacked and enough thinking women so inclined, can use social contagion science to take back both Church and State!