A Quote by Lloyd Garrison on alarm, moderate, mother, babe, fire, earnest, inch, equivocate, ravisher, and house on fire

On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.

Lloyd Garrison

Source: The Liberator

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A Quote by sam harris on moderate, religious moderate, fundamentalist, religion, faith, and belief

While moderation in religion may seem a reasonable position to stake out, in light of all that we have (and have not) learned about the universe, it offers no bulwark against religious extremism and religious violence.  From the perspective of those seeking to live by the letter of the texts, the religious moderate is nothing more than a failed fundamentalist.   He is, in all likelihood, going to wind up in hell with the rest of the unbelievers.  The problem that religious moderation poses for all of us is that it does not permit anything very critical to be said about religious literalism.  We cannot say that fundamentalists are crazy, because they are merely practicing their freedom of belief; we cannot even say that they are mistaken in religious terms, because their knowledge of scripture is generally unrivaled.  All we can say, as religious moderates, is that we don’t like the personal and social costs that a full embrace of scripture imposes on us.  This is not a new form of faith, or even a new species of scriptural exegesis; it is simply a capitulation to a variety of all-too-human interests that have nothing, in principle, to do with God.  Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance – and it has no bona fides, in religious terms, to put it on a par with fundamentalism.  The texts themselves are unequivocal:  they are perfect in all their parts.  By their light, religious moderation appears to be nothing more than an unwillingness to fully submit to God’s law.  By failing to live by the letter of the texts, while tolerating the irrationality of those who do, religious moderates betray faith and reason equally.  Unless the core dogmas of faith are called into question – i.e., that we know there is a God, and that we know what he wants from us – religious moderation will do nothing to lead us out of the wilderness.

sam harris

Source: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Pages: 20..1

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A Quote by Haroon Siddiqui on muhammed, moderate, and muslim

          For all the emphasis that today’s clerics put on the Prophet’s war record, he spent a total of less than a week in actual battle in the twenty-three years of his prophethood.  He advised his followers to “be moderate in religious matters, for excess caused the destruction of earlier communities.”  A moderate himself, he smiled often, spoke softly and delivered brief sermons.

            “The prophet disliked ranting and raving,” wrote Imam Bukhari, the ninth-century Islamic scholar of the Prophet’s sayings.  Ayesha, the Prophet’s wife, reported that “he spoke so few words that you could count them.”  His most famous speech, during the Haj pilgrimage in AD 632, which laid down an entire covenant, was less than 2,800 words (see The Sermon that Changed the World).

            Muhammed was respectful of Christians and Jews.  Hearing the news that the King of Ethiopia had died, he told his followers, “A righteous man has died today; so stand up and pray for your brother.”  When a Christian delegation came to Medina, he invited them to conduct their service in the mosque, saying, “This place is consecrated to God.”  When Saffiyah, one of his wives, complained that she was taunted for her Jewish origins, he told her, “Say unto them, ‘my father is Aaron, and my uncle is Moses.’”

            Yet angry Muslims, not unlike African Americans not to long ago, pay little heed to voices of moderation.  This is partly a reflection of the fact that there is no central religious authority in Islam.  Only the minority Shiites have a religious hierarchy of ayatollahs, who instruct followers on religious and sometimes political matters.  The majority Sunnis do not have the equivalent of the Pope or the Archbishop of Canterbury.  A central tenet of their faith is that there is no intermediary between the believer and God.  This makes for great democracy – everyone is free to issue a fatwa (religious ruling) and everyone else is free to ignore it. But the “fatwa chaos” does create confusion – among non-Muslims, who are spooked by the red-hot rhetoric, and also among Muslims, who are left wondering about the “right answers” to some of the most pressing issues of the day.

Haroon Siddiqui

Source: Being Muslim (Groundwork Guides), Pages: 35

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