IRAQ GOES SECULAR? By Bitter Experience with Religious Sectarian Politics, Have the Iraqis Learned to Love RICHARD DAWKINS?

Well, not exactly.

But the thesis of New York Times’s Baghdad reporter, Mudhafer al-Husaini, is that the Iraqi elections were a vindication of SECULAR (as opposed to religious) politics:

The initial results showed good gains for secular parties and Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s “Coalition of The State of Law,” which also appeared to have secular leanings and more openness lately, although it comes from a Shiite religious party called “Dawa”.

People were happy with the initial results and it was very clear to everyone that the people have learned from the bitter experiences of the past few years and the previous elections of 2005. They all believe that the religious parties brought nothing to this country but sectarianism, which cost them the lives of hundreds of thousands of their relatives and friends. The secular parties became an alternative for most of the Iraqis.

Secular sanity comes to Iraq?

Maybe the Iraqis could teach America’s Republican Party a thing or two about the inherent decadence of religious authoritarian-driven politics, and the importance of the separation of church and state.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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