Whose fundamentalism?

Author:Ranthun, Bonnie
Position:Correspondence - Letter to the Editor

I read with sorrowful fascination Michael Linton's description of The Handmaid's Tale ("The Bigot's Opera," November 2003), an opera adapted from Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name. I, too, was deeply wounded by the hatred of Christianity expressed by Ms. Atwood's story, yet I was captured by the descriptions of this potential future.

While reading Professor Linton's description of the new opera, I realize now what I had missed before: Ms. Atwood is describing a world under the grip of fundamentalist Islam, not fundamentalist Christianity. Forced concubinage, illiteracy, the imposition of a smothering garb, and public religious piety hiding debauchery in private--this is the description of life under an Islamic regime as it exists today in countries such as Saudi Arabia.

That is the most frightening thought of all, that Ms. Atwood's...

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