The media keeps saying it was a good thing when the dictator Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. Even though a variety of “Islamists” have a great deal of power in Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood has taken power, we’re supposed to think this is “good.” Because it’s a movement toward democracy and self-determination, two things that are always “good”. Self-determination is supposed to result in “equality,” which is also “good.” All right-thinking Americans know these things.
We don’t hear too much in the media about the Coptic Christians who keep finding their businesses, houses, and churches on fire, or about the Christian girls who are abducted from their families in Egypt and “converted” to Islam so that they can be married to a Muslim man while under the age of majority. (If the Christian girls have converted to Islam and married a Muslim man, it is difficult for Christian parents to get their children back, lest they try to force the child to “renounce” the Islam they supposedly converted to. According to some readings of this verse from the Quran, the penalty for apostasizing from Islam is death:
Sura 4:89 (Muhsin Khan trans.)
They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Auliya’ (protectors or friends) from them, till they emigrate in the Way of Allah (to Muhammad SAW). But if they turn back (from Islam), take (hold) of them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliya’ (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them.
Then the bombing happened in Boston. Everyone was told not to jump to conclusions. (What conclusion could anyone jump to? Apparently there was a lot of potential for jumping to conclusions, although the conclusion everyone was likely to jump to wasn’t stated. Nor was it discussed why people might be liable to jump to that conclusion. Nor was it discussed whether people had any good reasons to jump to this conclusion.)
After all the US Military Academy just issued a paper warning of the great threat posed by homegrown right wing terrorists, such as neo-nazis, the Klan, radical pro-lifers, and Focus on the Family. ( The Family Research Council is a lot of things, but I would never have guessed that Dr. James Dobson or his associates or admirers were likely to detonate pressure cooker bombs, or grab rusty Kalashnikovs and RPGs and hole up in caves in the Colorado Rockies, descending periodically to make sure that no women were wearing short skirts and no kids were listening to music that was not made by Michael W. Smith. If Dobson had been more like that I probably would have thought he was cooler when I was a teenager. I would have much more gladly attended a Promise Keepers event instead of being dragged there by my dad in the 90s if they had made us wear camo and spent the day teaching us guerilla tactics and how to make bombs while memorizing bible verses. Sadly, it was just a lot of middle aged fat white men who cried a lot. )
But apparently there was grave danger that, bunch of goose-stepping fascists-in-waiting that we are, Americans were going to leave church on Sunday morning and run through the streets throwing improvised explosives at anyone who might look Muslim, even though we didn’t find out that they were Muslim yet and of course could only be miserable bigots if the thought even crossed our minds.
Lo and behold, contrary to everyone’s wildest speculations, the Boston Marathon was bombed by professed Muslims, although we are supposed to quickly say, “of course, this really has nothing to do with Islam.” Right. Islam, after all, is far more peaceful and forgiving than any Christian since Jesus has managed to be. Only a bigot could even consider any other possibility.
Interestingly enough–you probably didn’t hear about the fact that the evangelical lobbying group “Family Research Council” had a gunman break in and start shooting people around a month ago. Well, they did.
Guess what? The shooter was not a Christian or a far right-extremist. He wasn’t even an Islamist!
He was a guy who found out that the Family Research Council was an anti-gay hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. In other words, you could say, “a liberal”. A right-thinking American. A man so inflamed with passion for the most victimized of all victims–homosexuals–that he decided to send about a dozen evangelicals to their graves with a Chik-Fil-A sandwich mashed in each intolerant face.
So this John Brown-like defender of holy equality went in to their offices shooting. His plan was to kill as many as possible and dishonor their corpses with the chicken sandwich preferred by 9 out of 1o potential Christian terrorists. (You remember, the owner of Chick-Fil-A said that he didn’t agree with homosexual “marriage” and Chik-Fil-A was boycotted in cool cities that probably didn’t have any Chik-Fil-A’s anyway. And right-thinking Americans all over facebook defriended facebook friends who posted anything pro-Chik-Fil-A. It was almost like deja vu all over again.. Salem Witch Trials, abolitionism, the temperance movement. Puritanism in all its incarnations in American history always is able to find the evil that stands in the way of a truly godly social order. And it is always in something definite and concrete that the puritans don’t mind getting rid of.)
Normally we would have to say that this guy who shot up the FRC was a right thinking American. He was on the right side of history. However the terrorist attack on the Family Research Council is slightly embarrassing.
Christians, however, should note the commonalities–
Whether you’re a Syrian Orthodox Bishop kidnapped by Chechen terrorists in the glorious democratic Syrian Revolution,
Or a an orthodox priest captured by Islamic terrorists who doesn’t even make the news in the west at all,
Or a born again Christian who thinks that the government should not treat the pledge of two men or women to have some kind of union (more or less open, sexually) as though it were the same as a man and a woman pledging to be joined for life, to have children (if God wills) and devote their lives to raising those children:
your life is less important than the dogmas the media is trying to impress on the masses. Your lives, Christians, are worth less than the importance of getting people to think a certain way. For the media and for the Zeitgeist and the devil who manipulates both, your life, like all human life, is really nothing. But ideas are everything, far more important than human beings. Human beings exist or don’t exist and few people notice. But if everyone believes something–or the vast majority of people do–that becomes reality, at least as far as people are concerned.
So, it’s so important that everyone believe that “equality” means what the media people now say that it means than that a few Christians are shot or killed as a result of the propaganda against them. “Equality” means that even the moral law written on peoples’ consciences by virtue of their humanity, and the moral law that is evident from nature to reason, is a force of oppression. Rather than being simply a fact, it is just one mythology that can be just as easily replaced by the myth of “equality.” Making this version of equality the new moral truth is so important that it justifies classifying the Family Research Council as a hate group along the lines of the Ku Klux Klan. (Unfortunately for the FRC, real hate groups tend to hide the identities of their leaders and headquarters, and they also tend to be dangerous. They really need to get in more bar brawls and practice stomping heads if they’re going to succeed with this “hate group” label.)
So, if a couple of Ned Flanders types get shot in the name of gay marriage…Well, we know that Ned is probably completely incapable of violence and may even be a nice guy. But the idea of “equality” is more important than the lives of a few non-violent, nice guys. Homosexual “marriage” (a fascinating example of “newspeak”) is more important than the lives of a few Flanderses, or Duggars, or Tebows, or Dobsons, or whatever(Well, what do you expect? Do you think the guy’s going to go on a killing spree at a nazi skinhead clubhouse?)
“Hate Group” is an interesting slur. It’s supposed to describe what the groups do, but it seems like it is actually a directive masquerading as a description.
“These are hate groups, which means both that they hate and/or that you are required to hate them or be hated yourself.” If you are labeled a “Hate group member” and are shot and wounded (or killed)–if a terrorist attack is carried out against you–the media will hardly even cover the story, much less demand that the Southern Poverty Law Center take any responsibility for the crime, as they would do in nearly any other similar situation with different players.
If you are a Christian in the middle east–even a bishop!–don’t expect the US media to pay any attention if you are arrested or killed. It’s unfortunate that this happened to you, but it would be far more unfortunate if Americans started to think that Chechen Islamic Terrorists are not unique to Boston, or if they started to think that maybe Islam itself has something to do with the regularity of attacks like these, or if they started to question whether the United States ought to be supporting insurrections that are fought by large numbers of guys whose end goal is not democracy but a theocratic Islamic empire.
Or if Americans started to wonder whether “equality” and “non-discrimination” are really, always, without exception “good”. Maybe it’s good if we discriminate against Salafis who want to see the entire world united under a black flag.
Maybe it’s good if we can recognize that Islam is not an Arab form of Methodism.
Or that homosexual unions are vastly different than marriage, not simply because of who one is attracted to, but because marriage is supposed to beget and support and nurture the next generation. Whereas fornication of the heterosexual or homosexual variety is completely unconcerned with the offspring which are (as far as I can tell) one of the main reasons why we have sexual organs in the first place. Indeed, one could easily think that that is the CHIEF purpose of sex organs and of sex itself, given that sex organs have a tendency to produce children a lot of times when the tendency is not impeded.
Maybe it’s good if we can discriminate between the Family Research Council and the Hammerskins of Northern Illinois.
Christians in America: don’t expect people to care about your human rights. Expect them to call you a hate group, come and shoot you, and then blame you for it. If people are too afraid to say in the media, “Look, Islam promotes violence and holy warfare in a way that Christianity doesn’t,” even when it’s obvious, don’t expect them to say anything (or even pay much attention) when you are killed or kidnapped or wounded. If people are too afraid or too blind to state the obvious in the media–ie Islam has a tendency toward violence not present in Christianity; sodomy resembles marriage the way an embalmed corpse resembles the living person–don’t expect them to care when Christians are unfairly treated or start to become the victims of violent attacks. Don’t be surprised when after this happens they blame you for it.
How can they do differently? If you’re terrified of being vilified for saying the wrong thing, what’s going to happen when physical safety is at stake?
Below is a news story about the Orthodox Bishops who have been kidnapped recently in Syria.
When we’re in the gulag, hopefully Christians in countries where they’re free to worship won’t forget about us, but at least will pray for us.