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'GODs Warriors' – or, 'Poster Boys' for intolerance?


I was recently invited to preview Christiane Amanpour’s work on the documentary series “God’s Warriors”.

This effort apparently took Christiane directly to intersections of extreme religious and secular thinking which takes up six prime-time hours on CNN the week of August 20th. The series on religious fundamentalism among Christians, Muslims and Jews airs in three parts beginning 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday through Thursday.

Understanding is what Amanpour is trying to promote in “God’s Warriors”.

I found this item of particular interest…

One segment tried to explain why so many devout Muslims are willing to give their lives to a cause.

So, I called her.

“To the West, Martyrdom has a really bad connotation because of suicide bombers who call themselves martyrs.” “Really, martyrdom is actually something that historically was quite noble, because it was about standing up and rejecting tyranny, rejecting injustice and rejecting oppression and, if necessary, dying for that”, says Amanpour.


“Many people know only stereotypes of these true believers, even the ones in their own country”.

So, I reminded her that many US soldiers have died for the same principles. But they did not intentionally blow up innocent women and children. I also asked her what it is exactly these “true believers” are dying for?

“I did come away with a sense that we – or those people who don’t want to see religion in politics and culture – if we don’t look into it and see what is going on, we’re in danger of missing it and not be able to react to it properly,’she said.

As it turns out, I like Christina Amanpour. She is 49, and is no longer CNN’s most visible reporter, as she was when skipping from one war zone to another. She received a lot of attention for her documentary “In the Footsteps of bin Laden” last year. And, said she’s enjoying the opportunity to put day-to-day news in greater perspective.

She’s frequently criticized American television networks, including her own, for not spending enough time on international news.

I think I can see what she is trying to do. I believe we all want to know more than the superficial media focus groups would have us believe. She is opening doors and windows into lives we view from a generally stereotypical fashion.

More later.

Peace Be To My Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


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