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An Pluiméir Ceolmhar BS: US Secularism, Patriotism & Religion (87* d) The Mad Mullah Test 23 Aug 04


Glad to see that you also have discovered what I call the "Goebbels test".

In the environment in which I work, "European" is axiomatically considered to be A Good Thing, because it is associated with the outbreak of peace between France and Germany which led to the creation of the European Union. But sometimes people get carried away with their rhetoric, so my Goebbels test consists in taking any over-enthusiastic article or speech, substituting "German" for "European", imagining it originated in Germany in the 1930s and asking yourself if you're still comfortable with it.

It seems to me that the US today, particularly under present management, needs its own version of the Goebbels Test. Let's call it the "Mad Mullah Test". You take an utterance by one of your leaders, substitute "Allah" for "God", "Mullahs" for "Religious leaders" and "Mosques" for "Faith-based organisations/initiatives". Then you just imagine you're in Iran, not the US of A. It's quite edifying.

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