Chomsky takes down Hitchens
lweiger at umich.edu
Sat Oct 6 10:48:31 PDT 2001
> Perhaps someone else can provide the historical data in more detail than
> I can, but I have the general impression that religious toleration is
> fundamentally a _NON-western_ value, practiced first I think by Islam,
> and only adopted, and quite grudgingly, by the west after it had almost
> destroyed itself in the religous wars of the 16th and 17th centuries?
True, but I was speaking only of the present moment. Clearly, in the Dark
Ages (to point to only one disparate era) religious tolerance didn't figure
vary prominently in Western "culture" (if you can call it that).
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