The American Taliban

"The American Taliban"

From the conclusion of the first season of The Newsroom on HBO last night:

• ideological purity
• compromise as weakness
• a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism
• denying science
• unmoved by facts
• undeterred by new information
• a hostile fear of progress
• a demonization of education
• a need to control women’s bodies
• severe xenophobia
• tribal mentality
• intolerance of dissent
• a pathological hatred of the U.S. government

"They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives and they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn’t. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.”

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  • Tim Sager
    commented 2012-08-31 12:24:56 -0500
    The Taliban are all male and know what is best for their women. How long before the women of America are required to wear a Burka?
  • John Scepanski
    published this page in Opinion Blog 2012-08-27 16:55:31 -0500