As an observer from on far I must say that the American left and right have been speaking seperate languages since 9-11. The right feels they have been awaken to a war that has been going on for a long time and that the entire middle east is fair game (they're all involved)... in their minds... The left feels 9-11 was come-uppance, just desserts. I don't think religion has anything to do with this, and I don't think anything will change until 'offended' Americans feel they have been 'repaid' for 9-11.
--The Sceptic Sat May 14 12:42:31 2005
Interesting viewpoint--I think most people are a little more shades of gray than that but you layout the opposite poles pretty well.

And of course, the impication of those two beliefes is also a dichotomy, the right saying the problem is we haven't been activist enough w/ the middle east so must become more so, the left saying we've interfered too much and must start to refrain.
--Kirk Sat May 14 13:01:18 2005
Going forward with the marketing aspect. This month's Esquire within the "The Cure" feature has a page on the rebranding the Democratic party (page 132). For example ...TenUnited out of Columbus came up with the slogan "Power to the Purple". The feature is worth the minute that it takes to read.
--Fenton Sat May 14 17:05:10 2005
Interesting take on this piece here:
--rubio Sat May 14 18:32:04 2005
A book has come out recently saying that the act of the 9-11 crashes was all about religion, as there's a big fight between fundamentalist Muslims and democratic, rationalist Muslims in the Mid-East. The fundamentalists crashing planes into the twin towers was pretty much more of a demonstrative act against the democratic, ratinalist Muslims than anything against the US.

Otherwise, I can see what you're saying that in the States, it's necessarily so much about religion as nationalism and being on the defensive.
--Mr. Lex Mon May 16 08:34:09 2005
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Hinduism began as the Vedic religion, yes, but the Vedas, thgouh held as sacred in Hinduism are not the only sacred texts. And many of the other sacred texts like the many Upanishads for example, restate most of what the Vedas teach. And not all prayers, chants, etc come from the Vedas. Some come from other sacred texts. That is an important point to note (I used to think they all only came from the Vedas, but after discussing with several Hindu priests, I now know that this is not true that the other sacred texts are also used).As for the 330 million gods and goddesses in Hinduism, you really should be careful about this. Hinduism teaches that there is one God Brahman (or Ishvara is another term used). This One is both formless and yet is also multiformed. The murtis (images used for worship) take a form representing an aspect of the One and each takes 108 names (108 is a sacred number in Vedic astrology each of the 108 names). Therefore the 330,000,000 is probably only considering all the names of the One. And let us not forget that Mahadevas like Shiva and Vishnu have atleast 1000 names. Hinduism is a religion that is constantly evolving and we should remember that within it includes not only the four major denominations, but thousands of other sects within each of the denominations.My sect is Ganapatya, which is within the denomination of Saivism. This is only a small portion of the whole of Hinduism yet the absolute truth is that there is only the One who can only be described as sat-cit-ananda.just sayin
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