A group of Fundamentalist Christian U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan has been distributing bibles to Muslims to try and convert them. Is it any wonder many Muslims are questioning whether our invading Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t Christian Crusades? Word is that the U.S. Army has had these would be missionaries burn these bibles written in two different Arab languages. I hope these Fundamentalist Christians haven’t done too much damage but I suspect the most extreme of the Islamic Fundamentalist will use such information for recruiting jihadists.
The problem I have with fundamentalists of any religion is that fundamentalists believe in literal interpretation of their holy books. They also believe that the salvation of the world depends on them. They believe they alone are right and are willing to impose their point of view by force on others if necessary. This is not to say that fundamentalists of any religion should be painted as terrorists as only a very small percentage could end up as terrorists. On the other hand I think a lot of fundamentalist leaders have made dangerous statements and bear being watched closely. Let me focus on some of these fundamentalist leaders that we need to fear right here in our own country.
Shortly after 9/11 on the 700 Club television show, Reverend Jerry Falwell said we were being punished by God so maybe we should have place him on a terrorist watch list. Falwell blamed feminists, gays, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), People for the American Way and liberals for making God angry. 700 Club hosts Pat Robertson responded, “I totally concur.” He went on to say that Islam is a “violent religion bent on world domination.” Reverend Billy Graham’s son, Rev. Franklin Graham said, “Islam is a very evil and wicked religion.” Henry Jordan, South Carolina Board of Education and Christian Coalition member stated, “Screw the Buddhists and kill the Muslims.” Most recently Robertson has said we should assassinate Venezuela’s President Chavez.
Islamic Fundamentalist in Afghanistan and many other Arab nations have been criticized because they believe women should be submissive and they practice barbarous acts like beheadings for drug dealers. Meanwhile in the U.S. Bunny Wilson, member of the Fundamentalist Christian Promise Keepers female auxiliary said, “Promise Keepers offer women a new kind of freedom, liberation through submission.” As far as beheadings former Drug Czar Bill Bennett was applauded by Fundamentalist Christians when he stated, “I have no moral problem with beheading drug dealers and shooting casual drug users.”
R.J. Rushdooney, architect of “Christian Reconstructionism” declared, “In winning a nation to the gospel, the sword as well as the pen must be used. Democracy is a heresy against God.” Randall Terry, founder of the Christian Leadership Institute stated, “I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good…Our goal is a Christian nation. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.” Terry most recently was arrested trespassing while protesting President Obama’s speech at Notre Dame.
I am reminded of Adolph Hitler’s quote, “Loyalty and responsibility toward the people and the fatherland are most deeply anchored in the Christian faith.” Hitler knew this so he courted conservative Christian clergy. They helped him, as propagandists fueling anti-union, anti-liberal and anti-Semitism hate.
While I believe religion of any faith can be a good thing, seeing the fundamentalist side of it practiced can be horrifying. It’s as Pascal said, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it with religious conviction.”
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“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814