My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
September 15th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

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. William Blake

    Everyone has to have someone to hate
    Mark Twain

    September 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Jack 3

      Was mark Twain a god?

      September 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  2. rogerwolsey

    Amen and Amin! Indeed, fear is the opposite of faith. It is ironic that fundamentalists in all religions think that they're "the most faithful" when in reality they are the most fearful. Expressions of violence and angry rhetoric stem from anxious minds and hearts. I pray for them to actually come to have the faith that they claim.

    Roger Wolseyl, author, "Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity"

    September 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Eric M

      Thank you for that, you said that better than I could. I wish there were more comments like yours here. Talk about a diamond in the rough...

      September 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  3. Rene Garcia

    Bravo to the author for this enlightening article! What is written is absolutely true, and we Christians must take an objective view of what is written here and realize the truth in it. . There is no reason that Christians and Muslims can't live with mutual respect toward each others' beliefs. After all, I can say with 100% assurance that none of you reading this have ever had a Muslim person knocking on your door trying to convert you. Please keep in mind that the violence we have seen on TV lately is committed by extremists who call themselves Muslims, but who are obviously not practicing the true religion of Islam, much like the extremely terrorist/violent actions of the Irish Repulican Army in the late 1960s to early 1970s did not represent the beliefs of the vast majority of Catholics and Protestants in the world. Thank you, Mr. McLaren, for a wonderful article.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Rob

      Most Christinas would be able to do this but from all I've read and heard over the last 10 years Muslims cannot and will not live with Christians or Jews in peace.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  4. mindy

    Brian-For someone saying not to stereotype, you sure are stereotyping Christians!

    September 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Eric M

      Brian is a Christian. Obviously this isn't article doesn't apply to every single christian, but I needed to hear it and the comments show very clearly that I'm not the only one who needs to read it again.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Gary


      I understant what you are saying but being an Evangelical Christian myself I know what he says seems like stereo-typing BUT I know it is very true. In fact at Word of Life Church, our Pastor Brian Zahnd has been warning of us not to be so fearful that we do a 180 degree turn and allow our faith to become fear and hate.

      A very good case of this is the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. They call themselves Christian but the hate they exude shows that they are anything but Christian. Whenever we condem a fellow human being then we have crossed that line. God doesn't hate the people that don't follow his ways...he finds fault with their actions. In fact if I recall was not the only time Jesus was if you could call it angery was in Solomon's temple in Jerusalem when the religious set up a "market" that sold sacrificial animals unfairly to those coming to the temple to offer sacrifice. He didn't hate them but condemned their actions.

      When we attack a person directly and hate is there in any form then we have crossed from following the way of Christ....yeah we can disagree but a true mark of it being Christian is EVEN if you really really really disagree with someone's actions and beliefs ( like Christians and Muslims do) that you can put that aside and have a friendly time together maybe over a cup of tea or coffee and see and respect that person/people as (a) fellow human/humans.

      I have friends that are Arab, that are Muslim, that are Jewish, annd even atheist, even Gay and Lesbian. While I do not agree with their beliefs and actions I am still there as a friend for them dispite this. I don't avoid them, I respect them, and their right to make their own decisions. If they need help I am there for them and many of them are there for me.............That is what I think Christ was teaching us all............and to think I missed that for so long in my life because with it I have found real peace. However to summarize my reply to you Mindy...the autor is not stereo-typing he is honestly assessing what is the actual state of things for Christians today. I know I have been in both "camps" and know personally he is correct

      September 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  5. High Way

    Did you know that two Americans tourist that were not of Islamic faith walked into a mosque in an Arabian country, were accused and found guity? They got life sentense which is the equivalent of a death penalty or they could choose to have both their feet amputated as punishment so they could go home? They chose the amputation. Its a true story google it.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Eric M

      Did you know ten Libyans were killed trying to defend OUR embassy? Not every muslim is a terrorist and not every christian acts like Christ.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • *eyeroll*

      I call BS

      Did you know that a giant flying spaghetti monster just crashed into the Revenue Baptist Enlightenment Sanctuary in Littlesmith Te nessee, killing the preacher (who was in the middle of a sermon about, ironically enough, Good Christian Food), and drowing the entire congregation in a sea of marinara. All except one tiny churchgoer, little miss Evangelina Maryellen Parker, who was asleep in her babyseat at the time with a blanket over her head to block out the harsh fluorescent lights and the blanket, made of a soft fleece with little clouds on it, thankfully saved her from drowing. It's a miracle! cried her overjoyed cousins Mr and Mrs Wendell Harperton who were fortuitously visiting from Atlanta and will be taking the child into their own home in Georgia after the tragedy. Donations for the bereft infant can be sent to babyevangelinepastatragedyfund in care of the Right Reverend Eustacius Potter of the Atlanta North Fork Tabernacle of the Joyous Green. The Reverend Potter will undertake the care and nourishment of the homeless fund in years to come.

      It's TRUE it's ON THE INTERNET, right here before your very eyes!

      September 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Ingy Ammar

      i'm not quite sure of the credibility of your story but it is nearly impossible for me to believe it as tourists from different areas around the world visit mosques in Egypt ...it is even part of what is called " religious tourism " the only thing that really happens is that women are obliged to cover their hair before they go into any mosque

      September 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  6. Nate

    What about anyoneelseaphobia by Muslims? Shouldn't we question that first? Why is there always someone trying to point at Christians? Some of the most racist and biased remarks on these message boards came from Aetheists by the way. NOT from Christians.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Ryan

      Because Christianity requires us *not* to wait for the other to do it first, but rather to do it because we know that to be right. It's not a matter of "we'll be good only if you are, too," but rather that being good is itself the goal and the reward.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  7. ugh

    since when is a phobia somthing that is a fact, if you fear a fire because it might burn you how is that a phobia. A phobia is suppose to be irrational by definition but to think that islam is violent is not in any way irrational. The ones who irrational are those who keep trying to say that islam is peaceful.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  8. Lance

    The denigration of religion is purportedly discouraged in our country. I find this to be untrue. The denigration of the Christian faith is prolific in American film and television and contrary to Hilary Clinton’s recent statement; there is no violent response from Christians. Agreed: there are Muslims who continue to seek the protection of our shores and wish to adopt American values while honora...bly observing the culture they left behind. However, American Muslims who embody the American ideals are diminutive in number compared to the vast number if Islamists across the globe that will accept no peace with America. No gesture of goodwill, no extension of an olive branch and no flowery, apologetic speech will endear the nations of Islam to America.

    An environment is being fostered in America seeking to discourage the truthful representation of Islam. Understandably, we do not want to alienate Americans of Islamic descent who reside here and live by our laws. Primarily, we do not speak out because we live in fear of a culture that has demonstrated time-after-time it has no regard for human rights and will observe no descent boundary when seeking to destroy everything the West represents.

    It is not racist to speak the truth.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Mojonaamdi

      When in the last 100 years did a Muslim country invade a Western nation? We invaded Iraq under false pretenses and manages to kill well over 100,000 Muslims. We use drones to drop bombs and kill little children and the Israelis us weapons and bullets "made in America" to kill Muslims in Palestine. We supported the brutal dictators including Mubarak, Sadaam Hussain and many others in the Muslim world. We even supported Mubarak's henchman over Morsi in the recent elections in Egypt. Yes, this is the so called Democracy we wanted the Arabs to have – as long as we get our little dictators in power. before 9/11, there was another 9/11 in Lebanon where over 4,000 Palestinian refugees were massacarred by Lebanese Christians at the Sabra and Shatila camps. Christian Serbs killed over 50,000 Bosnian Muslims in their ethnic cleansing campain of murder. So, please lets tell the whole truth and not what we would like to believe. The author of the article above, is absolutely correct. The Bible says that "the truth shall set you free."

      September 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  9. Darcy

    Let's just have it out, Muslims vs Judeo/Christianity – so long as we all know the rules i.e. no blowing up buildings with planes....er wait a minute.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • watching_from_above (North)

      We all need to chill. Christians, Jews, Muslims. We each have killing in the name of God. Jews killing gentiles (non-jews) according to the Talmud, Muslims killing infidels (non-muslims) in the Koran. Christians have simply killed more Jews and Muslims in the past 100 years than anybody can count. There are no winners, just losers.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  10. Global Lou

    What this world needs is more people who are willing to accept people for what they are, rather than try to compartmentalize them in our own rigid beliefs. I have traveled extensively through 64 countries during my career, many of them with Muslim majorities. i have worked side by side with Muslims and have never had a single problem. The reason is simple, I have not tried to change their beliefs or their culture. It is time for Americans to stop trying to reform the world in our own Democratic principles. It does not work as evidenced by the mess in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya , Syria, etc. The sad fact is that in nearly every case, the problem is a small portion of the Muslim populace using radical, Inflationary rhetoric to serve their own agenda. When the USA steps in and tries to change any local culture or religious beliefs, it only adds fuel to the flames. It is also time for the USA to stop sending billions in foreign aid to countries that harbor these radicals. Let the money train die and you will see a change in the rhetoric.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Frank

      People like you love to keep telling the American people, its just a "Hand Full" of Radical Muslims that are causing the problem.Bull Shi!,In the last week I have watched CNN,MSNBC and Fox News and there are 10's of thousands of Radical Muslims in the Middle East and other world capitals screaming "DEATH TO AMERICA",it looks to me there are more than just a handfull of Muslims in the world that Hates Americas Guts and are willing to destroy her.If the American way of life and values are so bad, I would recommend anyone of the Muslim Religon to Deport Themselves immediately.Real Americans will not be Kowtowed into any transitioning from American Values,Principles and way of life to Islamic Beliefs.If we have to fight in the streets of America with Islamic Fanatics so be it.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  11. Frank

    People of the United States of America,USA.
    Mr Mclaren,are you serious,every time I listen to the News ,the FBI,CIA DHS or a City Police Dept has foiled a Terrorist Plot to Blow Up innocent Americans or Britts by Islamic Terrorists,Go Google:Americans Murdered by Muslims and Americans Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists, the list is HUGE! Donot insult the American peoples intelligence by throwing these FOG BALL issues out as reasons for the Muslim/Islamic violence and murder sprees.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  12. founders1791

    If it walks like a Muslim Terrorist, talks like a Muslim Terrorist, looks like a Muslim Terrorist, AND PREACHES LIKE A MUSLIM TERRORIST......

    ....you just might be a MUSLIM TERRORIST!

    The Obama Administration STUPIDLY tried to change the meaning of terrorist acts to MAN CAUSED DISASTERS

    September 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  13. chris

    liberalism is second to islam in the damaging brainwashing department.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Jeez

      No it's not liberalism.

      And second, evangelical anything is bad not just Islam.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Doc Magnus

      You just keep thinking that next time you buckle your seat belt, get paid overtime, take a deep breath of air that won't kill you because lead was removed from gas, appreciate your parents not living with you because they get their Social Security and Medicare or maybe enjoy a thousand other things liberalism did to make your life possible. You want to talk brainwashing? You've been hung out on the line to dry by conservatives and you like it. .

      September 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • OOO

      Most of our greatest universities are bastions of liberalism. Next you are going to say these inst.itutions are just brainwashing our kids?
      If so, then you take the "grassy knowl" prize hands down.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Rene Garcia

      This is ignorance at its best, Chris. Have you read the Koran? No? Then how would you know whether what these so-called "Muslim" terrorists are actually practicing their religion as they should?

      September 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • no

      No Chris, you are wrong.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  14. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Mr Mclaren,are you serious,every time I listen to the News ,the FBI,CIA DHS or a City Police Dept has foiled a Terrorist Plot to Blow Up innocent Americans or Britts by Islamic Terrorists,Go Google:Americans Murdered by Muslims and Americans Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists, the list is HUGE! Donot insult the American peoples intelligence by throwing these FOG BALL issues out as reasons for the Muslim/Islamic violence and murder sprees.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Rene Garcia

      Your statements are full of ignorance. In fact, the tone of your statements exudes hate and intolerance. If you really want to know what the truth is, then (1) read the Koran to see what is the true religion of Islam; (2) Realize that there are over 1.7 BILLION Muslims living in the world right now, the vast majority of which live in harmony with Christians;(3)If the true religion of Islam were like you say it is, then with over 1.7 BILLION Muslims in the world, if it were not truly a religion of peace, then can you imagine what the world would be like right now? Well, it's not that way now, is it?

      Please see through the organized hate being propagandized by our government in an attempt to keep the well-oiled war machine going.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  15. Rick

    The double standard for how we are to treat Islam is alarming. We can bash Christianity in this country at will, but if we speak poorly of Islam we get what we deserve. It is sheer nonsense that a video should spark this kind of response and then place the blame on the filmaker. The intolerance of the Islamic faith is the issue, end of discussion.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  16. sbeth1

    "Phobia" means "fear of". Why is dislike and mistrust unacceptable? These three words do have different meanings. There is a dictionary to prove it. Obviously the writer of this article does not own one.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Eric M

      Of course that's what phobia means, but Brian McLaren is a christian and this article is targeted at christians.

      There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

      September 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  17. b

    Ok, I'm sorry that some Christians are fabricating stories and spreading alarmist messages about Islam. Then again, Christians haven't been blowing up any embassies lately. Maybe I already know all I need to know about Islam...and I have every right to be downright scared of it.

    September 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Rene Garcia

      So-called Christians WERE blowing up buildings and people at one time. There was a group called the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who did this in the late 60's to early 70's. Do you think they were practicing Christianity by committing terrorist actions? No? Well, then, if you want to make a truly informed judgement on whether these so-called "muslim" terrorists are practicing the tenets of Islam by committing acts killing innocents, I would suggest you read the Koran. Until then, your fear of all Muslims is entirely misguided.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • SJM

      Christians only blow up abortion clinics, burn books and protest military funerals-how bad can they really be?

      September 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  18. John Geheran

    Islamaphobia? Put this in your pipe and smoke it!

    1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:
    2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:
    3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
    4. During the 1980′s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
    5. On May 13th, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by:
    6. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
    7. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
    8. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
    9. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
    10. January 25th 1993, shootings/murders at CIA headquarters in Virginia committed by
    11. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
    12. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
    13. October 12th 2000, the USS Cole was rammed with a boat full of explosives off the coast of Yemen — killing 17 American sailors and injuring 39 others — by:
    14. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:
    15. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
    16. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
    17. In 2009, 31 people were wounded and 13 American Soldiers and one unborn infant (whose pregnant mother was one of the 13 soldiers) were murdered on base at Fort Hood by:
    18. On May 1st 2010, a crude car bomb made from gasoline, propane, fireworks, and alarm clocks was rigged to explode in Times Square by:
    19. Federal agents prevented SOMEONE from blowing up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and murdering dozens of people in Oregon in December 2010. Who was the would-be bomber?
    20. In Sydney, Australia SOMEONE went berserk behind the counter of a KFC restaurant when a customer asked to add bacon to his chicken sandwich (in a KFC restaurant that advertised the availability of adding bacon to its chicken sandwiches).  That berserker was:
    21. Less than a half hour into the New Year of 2011, SOMEONE set off a bomb outside of a Coptic Christian Church in Egypt just as mass was letting out. In the chaos afterward, SOME people were stomping on exploded body parts of the murdered dead in the streets while cheering:
    22. On November 2, 2004, who murdered Theo Van Gogh for producing the film Submission, which was critical of the treatment of women in Islam, by shooting him eight times, attempting to decapitate him, and then left two knives implanted in his torso, one attaching a five-page note that threatened Western countries, Jews and Ayaan Hirsi Ali?
    23. On June 30, 2007, who drove a dark green Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters into the glass doors of the Glasgow International Airport terminal and set it ablaze while screaming “Allah!”?
    24. On September 11th, 2012 the American Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and several Marines were assassinated at the consulate in Benghazi by:
    25. After Democrats repeatedly “spiked the football” at their September 2012 Convention in Charlotte and made numerous references to Barack Obama having Osama bin Laden killed, the American embassy in Cairo was besieged and its flag was torn down and set afire by:
    26. On September 14th, 2012 the American Embassy and an American School in Tunis, Tunisia was set afire and ransacked by:
    27. In March 2012, SOMEONE in Toulouse, France, murdered three French soldiers, injured another, and then days later, murdered four people (including three children) outside of a Jewish day school. He reportedly shouted “You kill my brothers, I kill you,” and “God is good,” in Arabic while shooting the soldiers. This person is:
    28. On May 1, 2010, SOMEONE left a bomb in a parked car in New York City’s Time Square. The bomb had been ignited but failed to detonate. This person is:
    29. In February 2012, SOMEONE was arrested on his way to the U.S. Capitol carrying an automatic weapon and a suicide vest laced with what he believed to be explosives. Fortunately, undercover FBI agents had provided him with his explosives and gun to carry out his attack. During his trial, he told the judge, “I just want to say that I love Allah. That’s it.” This person is:

    September 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Rational Rationale

      C'mon, make your point will ya!

      September 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Jobwelldone

      There are at least a million more violence by Muslims because of thier religious bigotry around the world. Its just that other people don't deal with iron fist.

      September 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  19. Petty Me

    For anyone who simply browsed the first few paragraphs, then scrolled right down to the bottom to find out how they should feel about this: "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."

    September 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Jobwelldone

      Don't worry about evangelicals. I am christian but all I have seen that the filthy garbage islamic morons. Very few of them are moderate.

      September 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  20. Darcy

    What is to be afraid of? A religion and group of people who would kill you for, what they consider, blasphemous speach or writings about Mohammed? A guy would didn't want people to idolize him and considered the Tora and Bible rife with man's dogma, and whose followers have done exactly that. Like I said, what is to be afraid of?

    September 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
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