I just can’t resist. Because quotes can be so inspiring and insightful and stimulate us to think.
“Fundamentalism is the thief of mercy.” (Jeffrey Goldberg, Prisoners: A Muslim & A Jew Across the Middle East Divide, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2006, page 7
From Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis (Jimmy Carter, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2005) Just imagine these quotes — from 2005 — and we didn’t listen then or now.
- “There is a remarkable trend toward fundamentalism in all religions…Increasingly, true believers are inclined to begin a process of deciding: ‘Since I am aligned with God, I am superior and my beliefs should prevail, and anyone who disagrees with me is inherently wrong,’ and the next step is ‘inherently inferior.’ The ultimate step is ‘subhuman,’ and then their lives are not significant.” (page 30)
- “There are three words that characterize this brand of fundamentalism: rigidity, domination, and exclusion.” (Page 35)
- “A characteristic of fundamentalism: ‘I am right and worthy, but you are wrong and condemned.” (page 79)
- “It is the unprecedented combined impact of fundamentalism in religion and politics that has helped to create the deep and increasingly disturbing divisions among our people.” (page 101)