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April 8, 2006

Query: Republicans on Religion?

I have this quote from Osama bin Laden talking about a world "split…into two camps: the camp of belief and the camp of disbelief." No moral equivalency intended, but can anyone recall a similar quote from the religious right, even Bush, in the United States or another Western country?

Posted by Mitchell Stephens at April 8, 2006 10:16 PM


Sounds similar to Bush's "you're with us or against us" quote, although it depends on bin Laden's context.

Posted by: Will at April 9, 2006 12:57 AM

You're either wid us or agin us

Posted by: JustinOther at April 9, 2006 2:05 AM

I would hazard a guess that by "disbelief", OBL means non-adherence to Islam, rather than atheism. He probably doesn't make much distinction between atheism and Christianity, if the former ever registers with him.

I can't come up with a specific quote offhand (other than "you're either with us or with the terrorists" as noted above) but the same kind of thinking seems to pervade the halls of power in Washington. They tend to conflate "freedom", "democracy" etc. with their particular brand of WASP right-wing Christianity, but the undertones of religious triumphalism are unmistakable.

Posted by: No More Mr. Nice Guy! at April 11, 2006 4:25 PM

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