The Religious Left’s Silence on Qaddafi’s Rampage

Mark Tooley is President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (www.theird.org) and author of Methodism and Politics in the Twentieth Century. Follow him on Twitter: @markdtooley.


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In 1986, after some initial naval skirmishes between the U.S. and Libya, the National Council of Churches’ chief expressed “profound distress” and ominously linked it to the Reagan Administration’s sinister “policy of support for the Nicaraguan contras” and “renewed verbal attacks on the USSR.”  Weeks later, the same NCC official denounced the U.S. air retaliation as “not merely an attack on Libya” but an “attack on America” that would “corrode the soul of America.”    At the same time, United Methodist Church officials somberly announced:  “Today the United States is all muscle and no conscience.”   The President of the United Church of Christ denounced the U.S. action as ”both morally questionable and fundamentally imprudent.”  The Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop warned of “long term consequences” resulting from “seeming immediate gratification.”

Five years earlier, some Religious Left church officials were similarly interested in Libya, when the U.S. shot down two Libyan air force jets that were asserting full Libyan authority over the Gulf of Sidra.  One United Methodist official pronounced:  “U.S. actions can only be seen as an attempt to isolate the Libyan claim in order to bully a weaker nation whose foreign policy supports causes not approved by  the United States.”  He further speculated that the incident was avoidable if only the U.S. had not earlier precipitously “torpedoed negotiations on the Law of the Sea” treaty.

For over four decades Gaddafi has been infamous for his brutal suppression of all dissent, his crazy brand of Arab collectivism, his aggression toward neighbors, his sponsorship of international terror, and his widespread thievery and brigandage, accompanied by outlandish costumes, chronically squirrely pronouncements, and a parade of mistresses disguised as “nurses” and “nuns of the revolution.”  He is a slightly thinner and far more murderous version of Jabba the Hut.   Questioning Gaddafi’s fitness for rule should NOT be difficult for anyone concerned about human decency. But the Religious Left has faithfully remained silent across 40 years and even now, as anti- Gaddafi demonstrators are slain in the streets by the hundreds, the sanctimonious prophets of social justice remain indifferent or uncertain.

Once again, the Religious Left is largely concerned about human rights only if the U.S. or Israel can be demonized.  And faulting America or Israel for Gaddafi’s thuggery will be hard, even for the Religious Left.

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  • BS77

    First, please no more photos of Gaddaffi Duck….especially close ups. Whew.

  • happyinfidel

    sadly they will remain silent and refuse to condem this because secretly they agree with what he is doing. many who say they serve God in fact serve satan and this is the proof. defending murderers is part of the purpose of satan, make good bad and bad good. The left will shame and humiliate themselves into irrelevence and good riddence to bad rubbish.

  • http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/ patti

    The religion of the Hard Left is nothing to do with the sacred and eveything to do with the mundane.
    Maurice Strong is the perfect example.

    http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/02/rar

  • kafir4life

    Did he have that mole next ot his nose placed their by a surgeon? I understand that making decorations out of the tissue removed from babies during FGM has become quite popular in the muslim world for men to have the tissue implanted on their faces as a show of superiority. I've heard that their perfect man (mohamat) used to enjoy them as snacks.

    • kafir4life

      …placed THERE by a surgeon….gosh I hate that. Hey FPM! How about an "edit" function??

      • ebonystone

        But there is an "edit" button; it appears at the bottom of one's comment as soon as one hits "submit". I've used it often.

  • Cuban Refugee

    What can we expect from a Religious Left that has elevated the murderer Che Guevara to sainthood? They ignore the political prisoners in Cuba, the torture, and the lack of human rights, while praising the worst health care system in the world. To the social justice crowd, people only become human when they can be of service to the left. Sure, let Gaddafi turn Libya into a gigantic concentration camp; let him order American jets to be brought down; let his henchmen open fire on citizens in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya … he, like most of the other thugs in the Middle East, plus Castro, Chavez, Zelaya, Ortega, and the rest of that diabolic dance team are ideological brothers of the communists in this country, and they all have the same goal: to bring down our constitutional republic and replace it with hell on earth.

  • BS77

    The "religious left" is an oxymoron. These wack job marchers and protesters with their idiotic signs and wooly socks…..are Marxists, atheists, socialists and lefti wing screamers….where the term "religious" came from is anyone's guess.

  • ebonystone

    Statements from the NCC and WCC are simply blather aimed at confirming the leftist credentials of these groups. Even they are not so stupid as to believe that Moslems in a Moslem country would pay any attention to their comments.

  • Ghostwriter

    I get so tired of people like this blaming America for all of the world's problems. We have Gadaffi,an obvious monster killing his own people in the streets and these people haven't said a single word about it. I'm not holding my breath for them to show any concern to the Libyan people who've had to live under this guy for so long.

  • dawning

    OK you beat me to it BS77 that was my thought exactly "the "religious" left IS an oxyMORON". They are very religious but they have NOTHING to do with anything that is truly spiritual, Christian, righteous or good. They ALWAYS side with evil so therefor they are "religiously evil" ….WCC Weird Collection of Cookoos

  • morristhewise

    Insiders know that a deal will soon be reached between Gadhafi and the heavily bribed opposition. He will step down only after his key supporters get the job of leading the new government. The transition will prevent a bloodbath and help the oil industry resume it`s business.

  • 1DonaldE

    I do not speak for the entire Christian Left, but as a Liberal, I can state with all honesty that my Christianity is based on love, trust, acceptance and forgiveness. This, as opposed to the conservative philosophy of hatred, distrust, distortion of the truth and divisiveness. I see all these factors expressed in this article.

    • Christian

      My Christianity is based on Christ, yours is based on Death i.e. Abortion. You are NO Christian Sir.

    • ziontruth

      No dog in this particular fight, but I simply couldn't miss this:

      "my Christianity"

      There you have it. I, me, mine. My Computer (which, by the way, was removed in Windows Vista), my Christianity. Marxist entitlement theory, Leftist "religion" and President Egobama in a nutshell.

    • joe

      why do liberal christians always love socialist murderers so much?

  • Christian

    Quote:

    “I do not speak for the entire Christian Left, but as a Liberal, I can state with all honesty that my Christianity is based on love, trust, acceptance and forgiveness”

    Agian, I base mine on Christ.

    You are NOT a Christian. You just think you are.