Conservative Christians have a lot in common with most MuslimsIt's isn't just fighting words -- the two religious movements have more in common than they may want to admit.
I often say that Muslims -- who are predominately conservative -- have a lot in common with the American Christian "Religious Right."
This, of course, sounds like fighting words to my conservative friends who can't accept that they have a natural kinship with people thy think are all going to hell.
But here's an example of what I'm talking about. Read this article and imagine the same thing being said by James Dobson or even GW Bush:
Emphasis must be on abstinence in sex education
By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter
Dubai: Sex education in the Middle East, while important, should not address ways to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases, says a Gulf sexual medicine specialist, putting a damper on HIV/Aids awareness efforts in the region.
Dr Amr Jad, consultant urologist at the Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital in Saudi Arabia, said he and a group of doctors were preparing a how-to guide that would focus on abstinence and monogamy, and answer sexual questions.
However, methods to prevent infection by a sexually-transmitted disease (STD), or safe sex, are not included in the guide, which he hoped would be the blueprint for regional community sex education programmes.
"Teaching people about something that they are not allowed to do will increase chances of them doing it," he added.
He also rejected a two-pronged approach to the issue of sex education, including preventive measures as well as religious prohibitions, saying it was incompatible with religious values.
"Abstinence is a 100 per cent effective method to prevent STDs and teenage pregnancies, but we still have to teach that if you must have sex, then it is better to practise safe sex.." he added.
Without commenting on the merits of this position, I just want to point out that it is almost identical to what is being preached in conservative churches in America.