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Meeting a White Mennonite

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She never bothered with evidence or arguments. There was no appeal to the facts or reason.

(Many in Bangladesh want military rule, but the elite, under western inspiration and western financial coercion, conceal the facts. Modon Shahu, editor at the most circulated English daily, the Daily Star, told me: "We know people want martial law, but we can't print that."

The motto of the rag? "YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW".)

As a Mennonite, she was against evolution. She didn't believe, despite the evidence. True, it's "only" a theory, but it shows her disregard for data. Later, Fr. Banas, a Catholic priest, told me, sotto voce, that Mennonites have a literal interpretation of the Bible. Even he found it preposterous that one didn't believe in evolution.

As a fundamentalist Christian, Mrs. Martin no doubt believed that democracy is God's gift to mankind. It would never occur to her that it might be a gift from the other guy. After all, didn't Christ perish for each and every one of us, and doesn't democracy affirm our essential equality?

True, so does Islam, but Islam affirms hierarchy and subordination, thereby nullifying equality. We are a vertical society; a Christian society is horizontal, like a democracy. (Never mind that hierarchies are universal: what matters is belief, not the facts on the ground.)

Joseph Schumpeter, mystified by the contemporary belief in democracy, despite all evidence to the contrary, concluded that this was an evidence-denying religious belief - in fact, Christianity redux.

He meant the democracy-as-Christianity thesis as discrediting democracy, for religious belief ignores - "transcends" - the evidence.

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Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English and economics. He was born and lives in Dhaka, "ŽBangladesh. He has contributed to AXIS OF LOGIC, ENTER TEXT, POSTCOLONIAL "ŽTEXT, LEFT CURVE, MOBIUS, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, and other publications. "ŽHe is also a (more...)
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