GlobalFutures| A stunningly refreshing and honest op ed piece Morality and atheism greets the readers on Pakistan’s Dawn.com, this morning. Seeking Pakistan’s point of view on the arrest of Mullah Baradar, I found this thoughtful consideration of morality, religion and the close connection between radical Muslims and American fundamentalists.
Columnist Irfan Husain digests the facts of declared morality and godliness in nations vs the perceptions of corruption.
Declaring that actions speak louder than words and reminding us that a country like Sweden, with only 23 per cent of the population believing in a deity, is nevertheless among the most truly moral and ethical countries in the world, Husain challenges the linkage between religion and morality.
While Husain’s remarks are targeted to his own audience of Pakistanis, his words ring loudly in my ears, as we push into the terrority of morality and religion at Anne of Carversville.
Husain’s column should be read by every thinking person, and I want to underscore the fact that it’s published — not in the NYTimes — but at Dawn.com in Pakistan.
Coincidentally, our traffic on this topic, specifically all my writings around the Lubna Hussein case are on fire the last 24 hours. I’ve come to apply most of the same logic and reflections expressed in the Lubna Hussein case to the bigger question of religion in America.
The words and goals of the Haitian missionaries, coupled with key articles in the American press about religion, athetism and agnosticism, have triggered several reports and reflections on this theme.
Wherever God rules with a tight fist, freedom doesn’t reign. At least not freedom the way it was defined by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, men ‘fiercely agnostic’ in their views, according to Irfan Husain. Anne