2 months ago #3
    No. What that does is it sends moderates into the hands of extremists.

    Repressive secularism generally blows up in people's faces. In fact, many Middle Eastern countries were forcibly made into secular governments, oftentimes due to US support of secular anti-communist dictators like Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Reza Pahlavi of Iran, and so on. The reality is that extremist ideology has a tendency to weather whatever attempts exist to try to curtail it,

    As an example, from the 50's through the 70's, the Shah of Iran instituted a repressive secularist regime. He granted suffrage to women, curtailed the power of the clerics and religious leaders (who up to that point had tremendous power in education, family law, and also owned large amounts of land which was forcibly redistributed), and tried to forcibly modernize Iran. What ended up happening...was a revolution against the Shah led by religious extremists, who still currently rule Iran.
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