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October 15th, 2011
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My Take: Are evangelicals dangerous?

Editor's Note: R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Special to CNN

Here we go again.

Every four years, with every new presidential election cycle, public voices sound the alarm that the evangelicals are back. What is so scary about America’s evangelical Christians?

Just a few years ago, author Kevin Phillips told intellectual elites to run for cover, claiming that well-organized evangelicals were attempting to turn America into a theocratic state. In “American Theocracy,” Phillips warned of the growing influence of Bible-believing, born-again, theologically conservative voters who were determined to create a theocracy.

Writer Michelle Goldberg, meanwhile, has warned of a new Christian nationalism, based in “dominion theology.” Chris Hedges topped that by calling conservative Christians “American fascists.”

And so-called New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris claim that conservative Christians are nothing less than a threat to democracy. They prescribe atheism and secularism as the antidotes.

This presidential cycle, the alarms have started earlier than usual. Ryan Lizza, profiling Rep. Michele Bachmann for The New Yorker, informed his readers that “Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians.”

Change just a few strategic words and the same would be true of Barack Obama or any other presidential candidate. Every candidate is shaped by influences not known to all and by institutions that other Americans might find strange.

What stories like this really show is that the secular elites assume that their own institutions and leaders are normative.

The New Yorker accused Bachmann of being concerned with developing a Christian worldview, ignoring the fact that every thinking person operates out of some kind of worldview. The article treated statements about wifely submission to husbands and Christian influence in art as bizarre and bellicose.

When Rick Perry questioned the theory of evolution, Dawkins launched into full-on apoplexy, wondering aloud how anyone who questions evolution could be considered intelligent, even as polls indicate that a majority of Americans question evolution.

Bill Keller, then executive editor of The New York Times, topped all the rest by seeming to suggest that conservative Christians should be compared to those who believe in space aliens. He complained that “when it comes to the religious beliefs of our would-be presidents, we are a little squeamish about probing too aggressively.”

Really? Earlier this month, comedian Penn Jillette - a well–known atheist - wrote a very serious op-ed complaining of the political influence of “bugnut Christians,” in the pages of The Los Angeles Times, no less. Detect a pattern here?

By now, this is probably being read as a complaint against the secular elites and prominent voices in the mainstream media. It’s not.

If evangelicals intend to engage public issues and cultural concerns, we have to be ready for the scrutiny and discomfort that comes with disagreement over matters of importance. We have to risk being misunderstood - and even misrepresented - if we intend to say anything worth hearing.

Are evangelicals dangerous? Well, certainly not in the sense that more secular voices warn. The vast majority of evangelicals are not attempting to create a theocracy, or to oppose democracy.

To the contrary, evangelicals are dangerous to the secularist vision of this nation and its future precisely because we are committed to participatory democracy.

As Christians committed to the Bible, evangelicals have learned to advocate on behalf of the unborn, believing that every single human being, at every stage of development, is made in God’s image.

Evangelicals worry about the fate of marriage and the family, believing that the pattern for human relatedness set out in Scripture will lead to the greatest human flourishing.

We are deeply concerned about a host of moral and cultural issues, from how to address poverty to how to be good stewards of the earth, and on some of these there is a fairly high degree of disagreement even among us.

Above all, evangelicals are those who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and are most concerned about telling others about Jesus. Most of America’s evangelical Christians are busy raising their children, working to support their families and investing energy in their local churches.

But over recent decades, evangelical Christians have learned that the gospel has implications for every dimension of life, including our political responsibility.

We’re dangerous only to those who want more secular voices to have a virtual monopoly in public life.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Opinion • Politics

soundoff (5,318 Responses)
  1. Kevin P

    Most people view what they know nothing about as dangerous. The secular world view born again Christians (evangelicals) as strange, weird, and aliens. That's only because of their ignorance of spiritual teachings straight from the Bible. We who have been cleansed of our sins by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are vertical beings...meaning, we have a personal relationship with God ABOVE while living on this earth (vertical). But we're also in tune with what's going on horizontally on this earth. Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are only horizontal beings and lack spirituality. And it is YOU who look at evangelicals with fear and lack of understanding.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      No, that's only because evangelicals want to create laws that tell everyone who they can marry, if they are forced to have children, if they are permitted to learn hard sciences, and what God they are allowed to worship.

      Aside from that, we secularists have no issues whatsoever.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • jemzinthekop

      Great, another kook here. When you speak with him thank him for me for getting Arrested Development back.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @kevin P
      How could any intelligent human being FEAR an evangelical? They are among the most uneducated, uninformed and ignorant people on Earth. Do you have the slightest idea who you are addressing with this post? I don't want to belittle you, but I am embarrassed for you.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • Richard Kaiser

      Kevin P wrote on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm, stating, "Most people view what they know nothing about as dangerous. The secular world view born again Christians (evangelicals) as strange, weird, and aliens. That's only because of their ignorance of spiritual teachings straight from the Bible. We who have been cleansed of our sins by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are vertical beings...meaning, we have a personal relationship with God ABOVE while living on this earth (vertical). But we're also in tune with what's going on horizontally on this earth. Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are only horizontal beings and lack spirituality. And it is YOU who look at evangelicals with fear and lack of understanding.

      Your stating, "we have a personal relationship with God ABOVE" does go against scripture that does so state, "The Kingdom of God is inside/within you" Also is stated that we are laboring together with God and we are His Husbandry and His Building. We are also His Temples.

      If find that many 'Christianized" people of today do take such Truths as stated above as being folly and just hearsay to be put asunder. I know different and do so believe we are the Gods' buildings and temples and yes, even Their Kingdoms.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  2. Louis Faihild

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    John 3:16
    Deal with it

    October 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Sam

      Sheila: But what of all those sweet words you spoke in private?
      Ash: Oh that's just what we call pillow talk, baby, that's all.

      Army of Darkness

      October 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • PsiCop

      Re: "Deal with it."

      Make me. I dare you. Make me "deal with it."

      October 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Frank Sinatra: Doobeedoobeedoo. Deal with it.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @Louis
      Deal with what? Your Jesus Zombie? Hmmmmmm. No thanks. Deal with this. Jesus, if he existed, died a long time ago. Believe as you wish, but don't post this nonsense and expect anyone to take you seriously. Good Halloween stuff though. Think I will go as Jesus this year.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • jemzinthekop

      If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
      (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)

      ... Really Cool guy this Gawd

      October 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Matt Roll

      Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” 24 When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.
      2 Kings 2:23-24
      Deal with it

      October 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      Prove it, Meathead. I can prove the Earth revolves around the sun, that humans evolved from lower life forms, and that the Earth is about 6 billion years old using science, and reproduceable and observable facts.

      What can you prove to a skeptic?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Jesus

      Its pronounced ( EVIL-GELICALS ). It also says beware of false prophets. Well, with that said Christians/Evil-Gelicals/Baptist/Catholics/Snake Handlers/. They are all the same A un-taxed business sucking the life and scamming the hillbilly dumb butts. Poor messes. TAKE AWAY THERE TAXS EXCEPTIONS AND THEY WILL LEARN THERE PLACE. In church where if thats your thing, you can attend. Stay out of politics, Your cult people are short a few brain cells and become violent when you can't see outside your dirty church windows stained with guilt. humm, Candy little boy???

      October 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  3. Engineer in Raleigh

    I love these "waaah, waaah, evangelicals are so misunderstood" pieces. Mohler, shouldn't you be out bashing gays or lying to kids about the scientific method or something?

    October 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  4. Joseph

    The only difference from evangelicals and everyone else is how their views are shaped. So what if they want a candidate to share their views, don't you? You might get your viewpoints based on science, or observations of society, or your BELIEF in how the economy, job market, or government should function. Evangelicals get their belief from their religion.

    Isn't this what democracy is all about? You don't like them, vote. And if you don't, you shouldn't complain when their numbers swell to the point they elect their leaders instead of yours.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Rick

      Amen!

      October 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      Science isn't something you are supposed to vote on. You want religion? Go to a faith healer. Oh that's right, you go to a doctor, don't you, you worthless hypocrite.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @Joseph
      The only difference between evangelicals and everyone else is how they try to cram their absurd views down every gullible morons’ throat who will listen and give them their money. They are swindlers stupid. They would love to take your Grandma’s life savings and probably already have. I think I saw her mo-pping the floor at my local Wendy’s. They are sc-um and care about one thing, their condo in hea-ven. Oh, and their mansion on Earth. Is this what D-emocracy is all about? Uhhh, NO. D-emocracy is about hard working p-eople building a society together and believing in religious tolerance. Not white collar cri-minals, politicians and evangelics' all jumping in be.d together to kick the rest of us, who do the work and pay the taxes, in the teeth and laugh all the way to the bank while they are hoping they don’t get ar.rest.ed. You are a fuk’n moron.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • Joseph

      No thanks, Todd, I'm not religious – you ignorant biggoted piece of s.***

      It's people like you that make atheists like me keep voting for the Republican ticket. You are as close minded as those people you claim to be against for the same reasons.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Joseph

      Wow, another one ... Central... thanks for continuing to prove my point. So religious people are the only ones who rip people off? Commit corporate fraud? Abuse the systems and take advantage of the masses? Goodness, you must not get out much. But more likely I suspect you are so filled with hate you can't see past the blinders you have on.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Looks like Todd hit a nerve. I guess that'll leave a nasty mark on you, won't it?

      You're a hypocrite, and Todd is right about you.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You are also completely ignorant of the fact that the founders feared the tyranny of the majority and took steps to ensure that the rights of those in a minority would not be curtailed simply because they were a minority.

      You might want to read up on that. It's the reason blacks and women have the right to vote.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @joseph
      Did I say religious people are the only ones who rip people off? No. Commit corporate fraud? No. Abuse the systems and take advantage of the masses? No. But I did say Evangelicals do. Prove me wrong. And learn to read.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  5. Fundie

    "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." - Jesus, in John 15:18-19 (NIV)

    Enough said. Keep hating us, because we know that we're doing the right thing when we're hated.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      It is this kind of gibberish that made me question the beliefs of the Baptists as a child and got whipped for my blasphemy. Fundies abuse children not just gays, single moms, the poor, independent women and those who want democracy to benefit everyone.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      Oh , I love it when you tell me I'm not allowed to marry who I want to, and can be fired just for being gay.

      I just looooove that.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  6. geckopelli

    You're dangerous to Free Thought and Knowledge. You promote ignorance and worship death. You deny the Fundamental Nature of the Universe– Constant Change.
    You are no longer of value to Humanity. Go away.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  7. Utilito

    What I can't get is how Evangelicals are hawkish and support war, when their beliefs are so grounded in peace. It's as odd how Muslims rail against our culture, and its evil influences, but use warlike incursions to extinguish that culture; on the flip side, Evangelicals rail against the evils of popular culture, and favor bombing the Muslims in retribution to the end of time.
    Look you either are Christian and seek peace and compromise, or your just a right-winger in Christian's clothes. Those on the other side of the world either are followers of peace who seek resolution, or they're just terrorists hiding behind religion.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      They do not actually try to live like Jesus. They worship the dogma that has been added on over the ages. The Fundies in the US go back to the mid 1800s and do not exist in any numbers anywhere else in the world. No other democratic nation would put up with these people who lie and say they are peaceful and loving like Jesus. They treat the Old Testament as a source of their beliefs even though the New Testament was supposed to replace it. The Old Testament God is a viscous war monger and supporter of rapists and killers of children.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  8. Thomas Slawson

    Jim, you just labeled an entire group of people, called them intolerant and compared them to the Taliban. Where's the tolerance from your side?

    October 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  9. Louis Faihild

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
    Genesis 1:1
    Deal with it.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • Sam

      'My name is Ash and I am a slave. Close as I can figure, the year is thirteen hundred A.D and I'm being dragged to my death. It wasn't always like this, I had a real life, once. A job.'

      Ash, Army of Darkness

      October 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • jemzinthekop

      However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46)

      ..... A Religious nutjob says what now?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • NotQuite

      And SHE did a wonderful job.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nope. I don't believe it. Go ahead and attempt to convince me. Why should I?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      Oh go murder some uppity children, like you Buy Bull tells you to.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  10. DD

    I don't have any problem with anyone's religion. As long as they do not try to force it on me.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      And there lies the problem. The Christ eaters won't stop until they force everyone to believe their bovine fertilizer.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  11. Louis Faihild

    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    Isaiah 5:20

    October 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Sam

      'This... is my boomstick! The twelve-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about a hundred and nine, ninety five. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that? '

      -Ash, Army of Darkness

      October 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      To Sam,
      Where did you get your Ph.D.?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Sam

      Actually I won't be finished for 18 more months.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Where'd you get yours, Louis?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, that's what I thought.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  12. Louis Faihild

    An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
    Proverbs 29:27

    October 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Sam

      'Give me some sugar, baby'

      -Ash, Army of Darkness

      October 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  13. Zorua dude

    Its more politics if anything as most Christian and other religious groups generally prefer to stay out of government. An individual will spout any sort of lie or deceit so long as they get their support for whatever it is that person intends to do. simply put, people who claim they are "christians" and want to push and enforce laws based on their religion are not christians. This is against simple concept of christianity. before life started, there was a debate about what the plan of salvation will be. lucifer proposed that he will glorify the lord by forcing them to be worthy disciples of the lord, while on the other hand, jesus plan of salvation involved free agency which is the freedom to choose between right and wrong and to learn from the experience of each consequence. Obviously, since christianity is the faith and belief in jesus christ, true christains must endorse free agency. By this concept, this religions purpose on earth is only to admonish and enlighten, and not to dictate or subjugate. A "True" Christian would let his beliefs be involved in government or dictate government policies.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • Zorua dude

      NOT let his beliefs be involved in government or dictate government policies. sorry about that typo. -_-'

      October 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  14. blake

    Depends on how you view people who will balance the federal budget, not bail out and create dependencies for folks that refuse to accept personal responsibility for their lives, will treat abortion as child murder, will not extend special rights to folks who embrace a deviant lifestyle, will attempt to secure our borders, will be pro-Israel, will limit the scope of federal control over our lives, will be patriotic,will deal decisively with those who threaten our national freedom, and will seek to restore a sense of morality to our nation.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      Exactly why I am afraid of them. I would add the destruction of women's rights to this though. I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church. I have never recovered hearing on a regular basis that I was evil and demon possessed for questioning patently contradictory parts of the Bible, the violent behaviour of God the father as shown in the Old Testament, and refusing to deny evolution. Telling a child that their curiosity is an abomination and that they will go to heII if they are disobedient. Corporeal punishment was highly praised and I experienced it full tilt from my Mother. If child abuse is dangerous these people are dangerous and, in most places now, in conflict with the rest of society that thinks beating a child and telling it it is evil are wrong.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  15. cptfreakout

    What the faithful don't grasp is they can believe whatever the smeg they wish , BUT in the public arena anything they believe is going to be questioned and fact checked and will be held to the same standard of proof as any theories in Science be it History or Medicine .

    October 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      And, they have no right to take away the rights of others that they disagree with. God gave us free will. Fundamentalists seek to take it away from us. God said "Justice in Mine" and they take over His rights in order to judge others. They are the least Biblical of all the takes on Christianity.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  16. Louis Faihild

    An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
    Proverbs 29:27
    So you see, we can never get along. You say this ought to be a secular nation and we ought to have as the rule something everyone can agree on. There is nothing that everyone can agree on. Do you think Christians are going to give in to secularism? No way. Neither is secularism going to give in to Christianity. But Christians can pray and be heard and God can act. That is something secularists don't have. Nevertheless, since this is now an evil nation, it will certainly fall. Christians are trying to bless it, but the ungodly, such as you, don't want that. Sadly, you have gotten what you wanted, and you will get more of it, which is a curse.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • midwestrail

      Delusional nonsense.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • JF

      In one sentence you claim you have the power of prayer and the next you claim this nation will fall. How can this nation fall with all you Christians praying? So does prayer work or not, or does your god just not give rats behind?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      You pray for God to react and then he will do so? It would be the first bloody time if he did. You bomb abortion clinics. Are you saying it is actually God who is killing all these people and God who is showing up at funerals to abuse grieving people? Or are you saying God tells you to do it?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  17. Dude

    Yes, evangelicals are dangerous. Believe what you like - BUT DO NOT try to force me to share your beliefs.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Thomas Slawson

      Dude, who out there is forcing you to believe something? Why has held you down and put a gun to your head and threatened you if you don't convert? Evangelicals have not "forced" their beliefs on anyone else anymore than non-Christians and non-Evanglicals have "forced" their beliefs on Evangelicals. If striving through the process of participatory democracy to change the direction and flow of the country is considered "force" then all are guilty. Yes, Evangelicals want the country to track and go in a certain direction, but isn't that the case with everyone who has any fundamental worldview?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      When the fundamentalist and evangelical Christians try to get laws passed changed, as in Roe vs Wade or when they bomb abortion clinics and murder doctors, or when they are trying to repeal gay marriage they are most certainly interfering in the life of others. When they tell others that they are evil they are interfering with that person through insults.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  18. Kat

    He forgot to mention that fundi evangelical christians are dangerous because they fund Israeli armed thieves and their illegal colonies, and condemn the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Their GW Bush forged evidence of WMD's and lied to the nation to expensive long war following his talk with his "heavenly father". They would vote for him again despire his blunders, lies and expensive pointless wars.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Joseph

      Kat, I would vote for him again (if it was possible) even though I'm not an evangelical. Mostly, but not entirely, because everything you said in your post is propaganda from the left that's mostly proven B.S.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      Joseph, be specific. Which one of those comments are lies? Did it ever occur to you when you hear something new about something you should research it even if it is something you like?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  19. God

    Are evangelicals dangerous? No, says a Southern Baptist. Seems legit.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Tim

      If you read scripture you'd understand what Dr. Mohler is talking about. Instead you make fun of a godly man. It's a pity for you.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If there were any truth in what that boob said, one wouldn't need to look for evidence in a bible. The evidence would be obvious and everywhere.

      You're nuts.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      Being raised in a Baptist Church and having read the Bible every year and then reading it again in different translations I have to agree: These people are seriously dangerous and they abuse the intellect, self esteem. and emotional life of children. I firmly believe and have done so for about 50 years that if they were allowed to they would gun all dissenters down. What they feel towards liberals, gays and those who are for abortion(to name a few) is hatred and bigotry. They are incapable of empathy. They are so afraid they will miss the heaven ship that they never shut up. I guess there are brownie points in heaven for being unkind and dim.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  20. Jim

    I was taught, in church school, to care and be tolerant of others, to have empathy for other points of view. I see the evangelical intolerance of those who are different closer to Taliban values than any of the Christian values I respect.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • blake

      Jim, perhaps a bit of intolerance toward Christians? Double standard?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • Marcus

      Exactly...Talibangelical

      October 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Tim

      Jim, if you were taught in church to be tolerant of others no matter what they believe you were not attending a bible based church. Being tolerant of sin is not what Jesus taught. You are being influenced by our culture.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Texanonymouse

      Jim, you say there are "Christian values I respect." May I ask the source of those Christian values?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • Fundie

      Tolerance being practiced as "agree to disagree" is one thing, but tolerance being practiced as blind acceptance of all behavior is another.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What "behavior" are you blathering about? If it's someone else's behavior and it isn't infringing on your rights, then you can just suck it up. You don't have the right to demand that others behave in a way you like just because your nutty religion says it's the right way to behave.

      If you don't like allowing others the right to decide how to live and you can't go on about your business without dictating to them, then leave.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
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