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A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.
John C. Calhoun
The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.
The Muslim world is threatened by religious fanaticism. The Western world is threatened by secular fanaticism.
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.
Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma.
Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
But as in all cults, what's central to the Communist Party is the belief system and the elimination of nuance. From there you're very slowly led down the road to fanaticism and mass murder.
Fanaticism comes from any form of chosen blindness accompanying the pursuit of a single dogma.
Time and again we see leaders and members of religions incite aggression, fanaticism, hate, and xenophobia - even inspire and legitimate violent and bloody conflicts.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.
There is such a thing as fanaticism, it is always wrong, and if you disagree, you're wrong too.
As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.
Fanaticism and terrorism have no place in Islam.
Feisal Abdul Rauf
I don't think the 9/11 attacks taught us anything we didn't already know about religion. It has long been obvious - even to the deeply religious - that religious fanaticism is an extremely dangerous deranger of otherwise sane and goodhearted people.
There are many different rivers that lead into despair: there's poverty; there's political repression; there's gender apartheid - there's a sense of culture loss; there's religious fanaticism.
What is fanaticism today is the fashionable creed tomorrow, and trite as the multiplication table a week after.
This fanaticism is what feeds terrorism. And this is precisely why Muslims must play an active role in opposing hate sermons and incitement to terrorism and extremism in their mosques.
I think about fanaticism - oblivion awaits, especially for minor writers, so you have to be a fanatic; you have to be a crank to keep going, but on the other hand, what else would you do with the rest of your life? You gotta do something.
Today's Islamic fundamentalism is also a cover for political motifs. We should not overlook the political motifs we encounter in forms of religious fanaticism.
Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.
The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the errors and fanaticism of human beings.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
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