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To: anymouse
Asimov was a confirmed atheist and had nothing but contempt for religion. His background is jewish. He's about as far from fundalmentalist Islam as one can get.

In his first Foundation novel, the Foundationeers created a bogus religion to subjugate the Anacreons, a gulliable and warlike people. The purpose was to incite a revolt and overthrow the government. The viewpoint was completely cynical, where the religion was used simply a means to a political end.

Humm, on second thought...

13 posted on 10/15/2001 9:38:33 PM PDT by Huusker
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To: Huusker
Asimov was a confirmed atheist and had nothing but contempt for religion.

He was an atheist but I never saw anything from him in either his two-volume autobiography, nor his Treasury of Humor (in which he discussed a great number of topics and a lot about his own philosophies) that would indicate "nothing but contempt" for religion.

He even wrote the two-volume "Asimov's Guide to the Bible", in which I didn't see any "contempt" for religion either.

17 posted on 10/15/2001 9:46:16 PM PDT by Dan Day
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To: Huusker
In his first Foundation novel, the Foundationeers created a bogus religion to subjugate the Anacreons, a gulliable and warlike people. The purpose was to incite a revolt and overthrow the government. The viewpoint was completely cynical, where the religion was used simply a means to a political end.

Now this starts to make since bin Laden was rich kid, quite westernize, educated and well read.

Not the type to become a throw back Islamic fundamentalist.

He in fact be a lot like Sadam, real not religious just power hungry and using Islamic fundamentalist as a tool.

But he didn't need to created a religion to subjugate the people, he already had one in place to hijack

20 posted on 10/15/2001 10:07:18 PM PDT by tophat9000
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