I talk to Episcopal Priest and frequent Church and Main guest Frederick Schmidt about the silence of Palestinian voices and how many in the West are inadvertently supporting fundamentalist Islam by not listening to those voices. In December 2023 he wrote an essay entitled “Christian Leaders, Hamas, And Fundamentalist Islam” he wrote that comparative religion missed some of the dangers of an extreme version of Islam and its role on October 7.
“The discussion about the murderous behavior of Hamas has been reduced to political categories or a conversation about religion that considers all religious differences to be “all about the same thing”, and they are not,” Schmidt writes. “The significance of radical, fundamentalist Shiite convictions that drove the attack on Israel on October 7 cannot be ignored or sublimated.”
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