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Sarah Vowell thinks there would be fewer car bombs if religious fanatics acted more like Puritan theologian Roger Williams.
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"Frenetic thinks there would be fewer car bombs if the Christian and Islamic religious texts did not explicitly command believers to commit murder."

Or how about:

"Frenetic thinks there would be fewer car bombs if religious fanatics acted more like most Western 'moderate' Christians who are too busy participating in a secure and prosperous secular culture to rig explosives."

Norm, you know she is being funny to poke at christians that like to kill people and force them to think/act a certain way.

I don't think she is advocating Puritan theologian Roger Williams

Yes, I know.

ok, I thought you would have that, but you post fooled me. Thanks for your site - I come here daily.

I think she IS advocating Roger Williams. I read a lot of the Wordy Shipmates while staying at a friend's - and the freedom of religion Williams advocated would be outstanding in our times - much less rising above the thinking of the time...

Also, she quotes Washington's letter to the Hebrews: "The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."

I bolded the part I thought the Gay Rights Movement should use in their battle for the right to marry.

(It's funny - I was reading that section to my friend and he said "Wow - I'd like to live in that country." Or maybe it isn't funny....)

Back in Roger Williams day there were no cars so the solution to stopping car bombing is to get rid of cars. Wouldn't have the same effect, a horse and buggy bombing.

she's back!. I love the sound of her voice

I love the sound of her voice

me too. i never heard of her before but she should do more public appearances. smart, funny, etc.

Her books are great, she's on This American Life, she was the voice of Violet on "The Incredibles," too.

Here is something with Sarah Vowell (and David Sedaris and Anne Lamott)

Thanks. I'd heard the David Sedaris story before, but not the Sarah Vowell it was outstanding.


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