‘Extremist’ Jews and Christians Are Like Islamists?

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During a recent presentation made by this writer at a meeting attended by religious leaders and held in a Universalist Unitarian Church in New Jersey, the minister/host, in response to hearing the results of a survey addressing the rise of extremist Islamism in the Middle East and elsewhere exclaimed, “There are extremist Jews and Christians too, and since we don’t have a Muslim present, you should refrain from speaking negatively about Muslims.”

The focus of the presentation was the Shia-Sunni conflict in the Middle East and the rise to dominance of Islamism in the Arab world.  My colleague, Dr. Mikhail, a native Egyptian, related his personal experiences living as a Christian in Egypt.  He described the teaching of hate against non-Muslims, and the resultant killings and raping rampages against Christians in Egypt by Muslims. (In the most recent elections held in Egypt, since the fall of the Mubarak regime, the Salafist “Nour” party, members of which are extremist Islamists won 27.8% of the seats in the Egyptian Parliament and the more “moderate”Muslim Brotherhood won 37.5% of the vote.

“Progressive” thinking members of the clergy seem to have their minds made up and cannot and will not allow facts to alter their beliefs.  And, while our presentation focused on reported, factual events in the Middle East, these facts seemed irrelevant to our “progressive” Unitarian Minister host.  While it is true that there are extremist Christians and Jews, not since the dawn of the 21st century has one heard cries from either Christians or Jews advocating the killing of an infidel Muslim as we have seen when a Muslim cries out “Allahu Akbar” while stabbing or shooting a Jew or a Christian.  There have been no reported killings of Muslims in the name of Jesus or Moses…

The exercising of moral equivalency by the “Progressive Left”  negates the teachings of all monotheistic faiths.  If one cannot distinguish between right and wrong, one invites chaos and confusion into society.  Moreover, our legal system will collapse under such a practice.  A murderer’s guilt will become “relative” not complete, and under such relativist conditions, it would be impossible to convict anyone, without having extenuating circumstances.

What holds true for individual offenders applies to communities of faiths as well.  In today’s Europe (most recently exhibited in Toulouse), as in Gaza and Cairo, Islamist incitement to murder infidels is excused by European elites who react to such heinous acts with moral relativism and political correctness.  Relativism and political correctness found in academia, media, churches, or government, regard the probing into aberrant Islamist behavior as Islamophobia or racism.

Similar complaints as that made by the Unitarian minister, regarding the call to restraint in the absence of Muslim representatives, reveals an endemic hypocrisy that exists not just in this particular church, but in the United Methodist and the Presbyterian USA churches, where anti-Israel and at times anti-Semitic resolutions are being discussed without consideration of the Jewish/Israeli point of view or, not including input from one of the parties – the Jewish/Israeli party as part of the discussion.

At the upcoming United Methodist Church (UMC) General Conference taking place this April 2012, and the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly to be held in July 2012, leaders will be calling for divestment from companies doing business with Israel, and statements will be made labeling Israel “an Apartheid State” and equating Israel with South Africa.

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  • Mel M

    Yes there are Christian extremists as well as Muslim extremists. But their respective conducts are polar opposites. In order to be "extreme", one must take a teaching far past its intended point. The point which the proponents of "moral equivalence" don't get is that there is no teaching on violent behavior for Christians to "take to extreme". A "Christian" who espouses violence against the innocent is simply not practicing Christianity. He is a heretic, not an extremist. Instead, a true Christian "extremist" is someone who takes a teaching from the Bible such as (for example) "pray without ceasing", then leaves society to live in a monastery where he prays for the rest of his life. Or someone who literally gives up all his possessions for the poor and lives as a homeless vagrant himself.

    On the other hand, Muslims who commit violence are simply acting on the exact teaching of their founder Muhammed, who himself was a violent man and who advocated it for his followers.

  • Juddea

    I don't care if there are actually Christians and Jewish Extremists. When they start beheading people, blowing up bombs in civilian hot spots, murdering indiscriminately on large scales, hijacking planes and crashing them into buildings, opening fire on schools, then we can talk. Until then, all you Progressive scumbags can go pound sand….

    • randy

      What about the christians that stole north america?

    • http://Frontpagemag.com Aliyu

      The christians and jews committed the worst atrocities in history and are still on it. This is not a hiden fact.

  • cjk

    Moral Equivalency is one of the Left's foundational pillars. You will see it everywhere and all the time wherever and whenever the Left operates.
    This isn't a theory, this is a law.

  • Schlomotion

    There is also the perversity of claiming to be morally equivalent to no one on the face of this earth. That is Joseph Puder's perversity. There is a further perversity of wheeling out the YPSL, Jeane Kirkpatrick.

  • Ghostwriter

    Another day,another cretinous statement from Schlobrain.

    • Western Canadian

      Be gentle with him. He would appear to be a lawyer, and we all know that the average lawyer was attracted to that field by the lack of requirement for any form of intelligence or integrity. He can’t really help himself.

  • Wint

    An excellent article. It is frightening that Christians behave in this way. They seem to be stuck in the loop of forgiving their enemies, with no thought for others' lives. What is needed is for the persecuted Christians in Arab countries to speak out on how those Christians feel about their coreligionists forgiving the people who attack them – and to send all the holier than thou Christians from the West into these situations. How many would forgive if their families were threatened with death?

    It is awful that not only do those right-thinking Christians who recognize the very real danger of Islamisation have to battle against Islamism – but they have to battle against their own people who are intent on feeding them to the Muslim crocodiles. The same is true regarding Jews – they try to make their own communities aware of what faces them when (not if) the "tipping point" leading to total Islamisation comes, and they are reviled and insulted – by people of their own faith.

    This enablement is not "progressive" – by refusing to acknowledge this Muslim elephant in the room and preventing others from doing so – they are fascists.