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My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
September 15th, 2012
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My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose

Editor's Note: Brian D. McLaren  is author of "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World" (Jericho Books/Hachette Book Group). 

By Brian McLaren, Special to CNN

I was raised as an evangelical Christian in America, and any discussion of Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations around the world must include the phenomenon of American Islamophobia, for which large sectors of evangelical Christianity in America serve as a greenhouse.

At a time when U.S. embassies are being attacked and when people are getting killed over an offensive, adolescent and puerile film targeting Islam - beyond pathetic in its tawdriness – we must begin to own up to the reality of evangelical Islamaphobia.

Many of my own relatives receive and forward pious-sounding and alarm-bell-ringing e-mails that trumpet (IN LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS WITH EXCLAMATION POINTS!) the evils of Islam, that call their fellow evangelicals and charismatics to prayer and “spiritual warfare” against those alleged evils, and that often - truth be told - contain lots of downright lies.

For example, one recent e-mail claimed “Egyptian Christians in Grave Danger as Muslim Brotherhood Crucifies Opponents."  Of course, that claim has been thoroughly debunked, but the sender’s website still (as of Friday) claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has “crucified those opposing" Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy "naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others.”

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Many sincere and good-hearted evangelicals have never yet had a real Muslim friend, and now they probably never will because their minds have been so prejudiced by Islamophobic broadcasts on so-called Christian television and radio.

Janet Parshall, for example, a popular talk show host on the Moody Radio Network, frequently hosts Walid Shoebat, a Muslim-evangelical convert whose anti-Muslim claims, along with claims about his own biography, are frequently questioned.  John Hagee, a popular televangelist, also hosts Shoebat as an expert on Islam, as does the 700 Club.

Many Christian bookstores that (used to) sell my books, still sell books such as Paul Sperry’s "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington" (Thomas Nelson, 2008). In so doing, they fuel conspiracy theories such as the ones U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, promoted earlier this year.

In recent days, we’ve seen how irresponsible Muslim media outlets used the tawdry 13-minute video created by a tiny handful of fringe Christian extremists to create a disgusting caricature of all Christians - and all Americans - in Muslim minds. But too few Americans realize how frequently American Christian media personalities in the U.S. similarly prejudice their hearers’ minds with mirror-image stereotypes of Muslims.

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Meanwhile, many who are pastors and leaders in evangelicalism hide their heads in the current issue of Christianity Today or World Magazine, acting as if the kinds of people who host Islamophobic sentiments swim in a tiny sidestream, not in the mainstream, of our common heritage. I wish that were true.

The events of this past week, if we let them, could mark a turning point - a hitting bottom, if you will - in the complicity of evangelicalism in Islamophobia. If enough evangelicals watch or try to watch the film trailer that has sparked such outrage in the Middle East, they may move beyond the tipping point.

I tried to watch it, but I couldn’t make it halfway to the 13-minute mark. Everything about it was tawdry, pathetic, even pornographic. All but the most fundamentalist believers from my evangelical Christian tribe who watch that video will be appalled and ashamed to be associated with it.

It is hate speech. It is no different from the anti-Semitic garbage that has been all too common in Western Christian history. It is sub-Christian - beneath the dignity of anyone with a functioning moral compass.

Islamophobic evangelical Christians - and the neo-conservative Catholics and even some Jewish folks who are their unlikely political bedfellows of late - must choose.

Will they press on in their current path, letting Islamophobia spread even further amongst them? Or will they stop, rethink and seek to a more charitable approach to our Muslim neighbors? Will they realize that evangelical religious identity is under assault, not by Shariah law, not by the liberal media, not by secular humanism from the outside, but by forces within the evangelical community that infect that religious identity with hostility?

If I could get one message through to my evangelical friends, it would be this: The greatest threat to evangelicalism is evangelicals who tolerate hate and who promote hate camouflaged as piety.

No one can serve two masters. You can’t serve God and greed, nor can you serve God and fear, nor God and hate.

The broad highway of us-them thinking and the offense-outrage-revenge reaction cycle leads to self-destruction. There is a better way, the way of Christ who, when reviled, did not revile in return, who when insulted, did not insult in return, and who taught his followers to love even those who define themselves as enemies.

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Yes, “they” – the tiny minority of Muslims who turn piety into violence – have big problems of their own. But the way of Christ requires all who claim to be Christians to examine our own eyes for planks before trying to perform first aid on the eyes of others. We must admit that we have our own tiny minority whose message and methods we have not firmly, unitedly and publicly repudiated and rejected.

To choose the way of Christ is not appeasement. It is not being a “sympathizer.”

The way of Christ is a gentle strength that transcends the vicious cycles of offense-outrage-revenge.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Brian D. McLaren.

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  1. WASP

    this makes only one logical sense as to why evangicals would push islamaphobia...........GREED.
    they scare those that will listen into "donating" more funds to help the "church" prepare and to advance their version of "the good word". only thing good about it is these fearmongers get what they ask for, a group of terrified sheep.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:51 am |
  2. Jack

    Since September 11, when CNN posted the article "Muslims live in fear in the United States" I am wondering if CNN was acquired by the Muslim Brotherhood or another powerful Islamic group... the articles posted in here are RIDICULOUS, extremely lefty, and SO PRO ISLAM... CNN, what are you looking for? To brainwash America about the truth and reality of Islam? are you looking we all convert to Islam? Your articles are RIDICULOUS. STOP THE ISLAMIZATION CAMPAING.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Patrick

      Totally Agree.....CNN has become a waste of time, and yes, I agree they have been purchased by the brotherhood.

      September 17, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  3. All in favour of killing vote AllAh

    I am not a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew. But I think this article is BS. Yes, evangelical Christians may be nasty in pushing their beliefs but I am not aware of Christians in huge numbers going on a killing rampage just because someone depicted Jesus in unacceptable ways (which there are plenty of videos and blogs that do). This is not a phobia, evangelicas are not dreaming up the mobs that seeth with fury – just switch on the television and you can tell. This author is mixing up two very different issues. Yes, evangelicals can be unpleasant but that has nothing to do with the current collective Muslim behaviour on display.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  4. Reality

    Only for the new members:

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include Mormonism:

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    ضع kibosh / "جوجل" على أساس الدين لتشمل المورمونية:

    • ربما لم يكن هناك أي أسس إبراهيم اليهودية والمسيحية والإسلام هي غير موجودة.

    • ربما لم يكن هناك أي موسى دعائم اليهودية والمسيحية والإسلام ليس لديهم قوة العزيمة.

    • • مشكله في بلاي
    ظرف: بالتأكيد تقريبا، بقدر ما أحد يعرف أو يمكن أن أقول.

    • لم يكن هناك أي فشل غابرييل الإسلام كدين. فشل المسيحية جزئيا.

    • كان هناك أي فشل أي عيد الفصح المسيحية كدين تماما.

    • لم يكن هناك أي موروني المورمونية هو ليس أكثر من عبادة الأعمال.

    • المقدسة / التبجيل الأبقار، الآلهة القرد والطوائف، وبالتالي التناسخ الهندوسية كدين فشل.

    • الدهون بوذا هنا، جسد جديد نحيل تماثيل بوذا هناك، في كل مكان يجعل بوذا للا على البوذية.

    وأضاف التفاصيل المتاحة بناء على طلب خطي.

    بحث سريع وضع kibosh على أي مجموعة أخرى تطلق على نفسها دين.

    على سبيل المثال الطاوية

    "أصول الطاوية غير واضحة. تقليديا، يعتبر لاو تزو، الذي عاش في القرن السادس ومؤسسها. الأسس الفلسفية لها في وقت مبكر والمعتقدات والطقوس في وقت لاحق طريقتان مختلفتان تماما من الحياة. اليوم (1982) الطاوية يدعي 31286000 أتباع.

    تقول الاسطورة ان تصرف بطريقة صحيحة ولدت لاو تزو بواسطة نجم اطلاق النار، وقاموا في بطن أمه ل82 سنة، وولد
    ============================================================================================

    September 17, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • doughnuts

      Buddhism isn't a religion in the commonest use of the word. It is a philosophy. The Buddha never was a god. He never claimed to be a god/demigod/divine being of any kind. He was jus a man with some good ideas.
      People don't pray to him, they see his way of thinking and living as an ideal to be lived up to.

      September 17, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Reality

      "Buddhism

      • The teaching of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through right conduct, wisdom, and meditation releases one from desire, suffering, and rebirth.

      • The religion represented by the many groups, especially numerous in Asia, that profess varying forms of this doctrine and that venerate Buddha.

      Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/buddhism#ixzz26jlP0Aao"

      September 17, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  5. Paul

    In the lands of Islam, the Democratic process–more often than not–involves bombing and shooting anyone that doesn't agree with you. There is no 'phobia' any more than not swimming in a spot where folks recently got eaten by sharks is 'phobia'..

    September 17, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • All in favour of killing vote AllAh

      Well said

      September 17, 2012 at 7:51 am |
  6. great intellect my ass

    Misspelling again mirrorsal ? Mensa my ass

    September 17, 2012 at 7:38 am |
  7. millennium3

    There is only one true solution: If/when all people come to this wholly peaceful and absolutely Superb Religion
    supported by most solid "Mathematical Proofs" by the one and only true GOD, who created His book of Universe and His book of Religion based on this same 19 coded, Symmetrical most marvelous Mathematical Language, the humanity shall always be in Peace and Harmony.

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com

    Otherwise the fanatics from all religions will continue to stir hatred and animosity forever.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:35 am |
  8. nrkose

    Thank you Brian for reiterating the true teachings of Jesus. I am a Muslim and truly love him.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:33 am |
  9. msctn

    This is the most absurd opinion article I have ever seen.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • Michael Hunt, Esq.

      I agree. This part was the most baffling to me:

      "I tried to watch it, but I couldn’t make it halfway to the 13-minute mark. Everything about it was tawdry, pathetic, even p o r n ographic. All but the most fundamentalist believers from my evangelical Christian tribe who watch that video will be appalled and ashamed to be associated with it. It is hate speech. It is no different from the anti-Semitic garbage that has been all too common in Western Christian history. It is sub-Christian – beneath the dignity of anyone with a functioning moral compass."

      Tawdry? Sure. Pathetic? That's a matter of opinion. P o r n o graphic? Definitely not.
      And of course he follows these up this description with a statement of moral superiority. If anyone disagrees with him about how bad this video is then they mustnot have a working moral compass.

      As an atheist I see this video quite differently. The only problem I had with the video was the atrocious lack of production value. The content of the video is a criticism of the Islamic faith, echoing things which have been said many times before. If you pick up a copy of 'God is Not Great' by Christopher Hitchens, you will read many of the same criticisms of Muhammad which are presented in the film (that he was violent, a fraud, and married a child, etc). Is Hitchens' work also hate speech?

      The real problem this author has is not with this message of this film, but with the idea of allowing criticism of religious faith. As he sees it, if harsh criticism of Islam becomes popular enough, it's only a matter of time before his own faith is put under the microscope. He doesn't say this in the article, but it's obvious from his approach to this article that that is his actual concern.

      September 17, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    So why have't we heard from the Nation of ISLAM? And why hasn't the Nation of islam stepped forward to address this crisis to help ease tensions in the Muslim world? I would have suspected that the most civilized, educated and advanced Islamic organization in the world, the Nation of Islam in the United States to stepped forwardf and address this crisis publicly and try to stress tolerence and at the same time, convey to the Muslim world that first of all, this work was that of one man and had nothing to do with how the United States sees Islam. Secondly, I would have suspected the Nation of Islam to convey to the Muslim world that this is the 21st century and here we have freedon of speech and that in no way they should take this film seriously, when the majority of Americans didn't know about this film to begin with or didn't care to see it or if they did, would have just dismissed it as shared propaganda. But once again, the Nation of Islam has failed to cease on the opportunity to bridge the gap of misconceptions between the Muslim and Western world. OUTRAGEOUS!

    September 17, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • doughnuts

      Nation of Islam : Islam :: Mormonism : Christianity

      September 17, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  11. MuyGuapo

    It is ridiculous to even suggest that "other" Christians might be associated with this just because some crackpot Coptic created the movie. Sorry, this guy is not a brother of mine.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:29 am |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 17, 2012 at 7:28 am |
  13. GimmeABreak

    It may be true that a few "extremist" Muslims are shooting at us... but "moderate" Muslims are calling in the coordinates.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • Jon

      There is no such thing as a moderate muslim. Doesn't exist.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:29 am |
  14. Curt

    Anybody that try's to force there beliefs onto you using violence... Should die. Including the Pope.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • Curt

      That being said i'll burn as man kuran's as I want.. and guess what I STILL BELIEVE IN ALLAH OR GOD.. THEN ILL BURN A BUNCH OF BIBLES...

      September 17, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • Mirosal

      I have a bible, and a qu'ran ... they make great coasters for the beer steins on the coffee table. That's the best purpose I can see for those two books.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:35 am |
  15. martin smith

    Check out who the real Al-cia-Da is

    pragmaticwitness.com/al-qaeda-created-by-the-jewish-agency-operation-under-israeli-mossad/

    September 17, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  16. John

    We are always told that Islam is a religion of peace. That those who are violent are not a part of mainstream Islam and we shouldn't lump them all together. Yet these protestors aren't burning images of the filmmaker, or anyone else associated with the film. They are burning AMERICAN flags, attacking AMERICAN embassies, and killing AMERICAN personnel, thereby lumping us all under the banner of anti-muslim. Phobic? No. Fed up with the double standard? Yes.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:16 am |
  17. Ash

    But MohMADs are really bad people in that their religion requires them to do things like the following:
    - kill others because they may have said something bad about Islam
    - kill people if they don't convert to Islam
    - kill their own children because they wanted to marry an "infidel"

    What monster kills his own daughter? Does such a person deserve to live?

    We have so many of these people amongst us. They criticize America and other countries all the time. But they do not criticize their own religion.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Bob

      There was a recent case in Canada, the Shafia family, the father killed three of his daughters and an ex wife because he considered that his daughters were not following the Islamic religion. And there are many more similar cases...

      September 17, 2012 at 7:20 am |
    • martin smith

      9/11 was a PSYOP not only on the American public, but the entire world. Israel and international Jewry, along with their goyim puppets in the Jew-run United States government, perpetrated this massive fraud against the world 11 years ago today in order to demonize Islam, launch the fraudulent "Global War on Terror" against Israel's Muslim enemies in the Middle East, and initiate their Zionist-run police state tyranny in the United States and other Western countries. It is past time for the American public to wake up from this trauma-based mind control operation and recognize that Israel was behind 9/11, not Osama bin Laden and "Muslim extremists". Anyone saying anything to the contrary is working for the enemy, knowingly or unknowingly. All politicians and media personalities covering up this massive fraud, which has led to the murder and destruction of millions around the world, is a traitor. Those refusing to recognize 9/11 for what is really was and remains are as guilty as the Jews who planned, executed, and benefitted from it, period.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • Reality

      martin, martin, martin,

      Our War on Terror and Aggression:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent and Not So Recent Body Count

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT

      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.

      The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

      25) BURGAS, Bulgaria | Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27am EDT

      (Reuters) – A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

      26 ) September 11, 2012

      U.S. AMBASSADOR KILLED
      Envoy to Libya dies in rocket blast

      Continued below:
      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      - Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      - Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      - Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      - North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      - Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      - The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      - – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      - Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      - Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      - Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      - Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      - The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      - the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      - Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      - Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      - Ditto for Abu Yahya al-Libi on June 5, 2012

      September 17, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  18. Bob

    There are extremists in all religions the diference is that there are very few Christians that would kill in the name of their faith compared to Muslims. How many Christian terrorists have you heard of?

    September 17, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • UncleM

      George Bush – how many hundreds of thousands died in Iraq because his 'god' told him to go to war?

      September 17, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • Bob

      George Bush did not attack based on religious reasons. But the 9/11, London Metro, Madrid train, and many many other ones were Islamic extremists related attacks

      September 17, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Al

      George Bush's god told him to invade Iraq.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Bob

      George Bush is a politician not some Christian extremist. He in fact is in business with wealthy muslims from Saudi Arabia... Like I said do you know of any Christian religious fanatic that is willing to explode himself???

      September 17, 2012 at 7:56 am |
  19. BEAR

    This has nothing to do with phobia.. The Moslem religion is violent and intolerant. As much as people say it is a religion of peace, it has been used to justify the most hidious of brutality and crimes against humanity in recent history. No other religion has been as extreme.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • RunfortheHills

      You hit the nail on the head.

      Islam is a religion of violence and oppression. Anyone who has actually read the Koran and the Hadiths knows this to be absolute truth.

      September 17, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • Steve

      You are right on target with you response. Many of these people are a threat to the civilized world either by the actions they take or standing silently by rather than speaking up against their Muslim brothers.

      Brian needs to take his head out of the sand and take another good look around before it's too late

      September 17, 2012 at 7:14 am |
  20. Wynter

    Religious extremists exist inside the United States. That much is very true. We point at the Muslim protests over this movie and we somehow claim the moral high ground? The Christian Right has taken Christ out of Christianity. They claim to be good Christians but they don't see their own bigotry and intolerance that they try to blame the Muslims for. It's past time that this was said. Thank you.
    We all need to be aware of those that are insensitive to the religious beliefs of others. The filmmaker was not doing anyone a service through his attack on a religion. We all should be respectful of any religion despite our own beliefs. Would you approve of someone openly attacking your beliefs? Freedom of Religion is one of our countries founding principles. Yet the Evangelical extremists on the right don't seem to realize this. Respect other religions as you would have them respect yours.

    September 17, 2012 at 7:06 am |
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