Christianity, Islam, and Atheism

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


9781586176969_p0_v1_s260x420Now that the Boston bombers have turned out, contrary to the fervent hope of the left, to be not Tea Partiers but Muslims, the media are spinning the terrorists’ motive away from jihad and shrugging, helplessly mystified, about the “senseless” attacks. And so our willful blindness about Islam continues. Nearly a dozen years after the 9/11 attacks, too many Americans still cling to militant denial about the clear and present danger of an Islamic fundamentalism surging against an anemic Western culture. What will it take to educate them? And once awakened, what steps can we take to reverse the tide?

The vicious Boston attack makes these questions and William “Kirk” Kilpatrick’s new book Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West all the more timely. In addition to being an occasional contributor to FrontPage Magazine, Kilpatrick is the author of other books, including Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong and Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories, and his articles about Islam have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic World Report, and other publications. He was interviewed here by Jamie Glazov at FrontPage about the new book, which he intended not only as a wake-up call to the West about Islam, but also as a practical guide, especially for Christians, to push back against its spread and to countering Islam’s Western apologists.

Christianity, Islam, and Atheism opens with a section titled “The Islamic Threat,” in which Kilpatrick describes the rise of supremacist Islam and our correspondingly tepid defense of Western values. Our collapse in the face of Islam, he says, is due in large part to our abandonment of Christianity, which has led to “a population vacuum and a spiritual vacuum” that Islam has rushed to fill. “A secular society… can’t fight a spiritual war,” Kilpatrick writes. Contrary to the multiculturalist fantasy dominant in the West today, “cultures aren’t the same because religions aren’t the same. Some religions are more rational, more compassionate, more forgiving, and more peaceful than others.” This is heresy in today’s morally relativistic world, but it’s a critical point because “as Christianity goes, so goes the culture.”

Kilpatrick notes that Christians today have lost all cultural confidence and are suffering a “crisis of masculinity,” thanks to the feminizing influences of multiculturalism and feminism. He devotes significant space to encouraging Christians to, well, grow a pair, to put it indelicately, in order to confront Islam, the “most hypermasculine religion in history”:

On the one hand, you have a growing population of Muslim believers brimming with masculine self-confidence and assertiveness about their faith, and on the other hand, you have a dwindling population of Christians who are long on nurturance and sensitivity but short on manpower. Who seems more likely to prevail?

Kilpatrick devotes a chapter to “The Comparison” between Islam and Christianity, in which he points out that Christians who buy into the concept of interfaith unity with Muslims would do well to look more closely at our irreconcilable differences instead of our limited common ground; he demonstrates, for example, that the imitation of Christ and the imitation of Muhammad lead a believer in radically different directions.

In “The Culture War and the Terror War” section, Kilpatrick notes that Christianity is on the losing side of the many fronts of our own culture war, and this doesn’t bode well for the West’s clash with a resurgent Islam. An obsession with the shallow, ephemeral distractions of pop culture isn’t helping to shore up our cultural foundations. “Our survival,” he writes, “hinges not on generating a succession of momentary sensations, but on finding narratives that tell us who we are, where we have come from, and where we are going”:

Our ability to resist aggression – whether cultural or military – depends on the conviction that we have something worth defending: something that ought to be preserved not only for our own sake but also for the sake of those who attack us.

In the section “Islam’s Enablers,” Kilpatrick addresses the multiculturalists, secularists, atheists, and Christian apologists for Islam whose intellectual influences have contributed to the moral decline and Islamization of the West. In a chapter with the great title “Multiculturalists: Why Johnny Can’t Read the Writing on the Wall,” Kilpatrick comments on the indoctrinating impact of multicultural educators and their whitewashing of Islam and denigration of our own culture:

[O]ur students would have been better served if they had spent less time studying the Battle of Wounded Knee and more time studying the Battle of Lepanto, less time understanding the beauty of diversity and more time understanding the misery of dhimmitude.

Finally, in “The Cold War with Islam,” Kilpatrick is pessimistic of our desire to win the hearts and minds of “moderate Muslims.” He examines at length just what that label actually means, and then notes that such a strategy isn’t an especially helpful one:

The promotion of the moderate myth is counterproductive because it misleads the West into thinking that its problem is only with a small slice of Islam and because it strengthens the hand of traditional Islam, which is the source of radicalism, not the solution to it.

What are his recommendations for mounting a defense of our values against the aggressive spread of Islamic ones? Reviving the commitment to our own Judeo-Christian values for starters, and then, “instead of a constant yielding to Islamic sensitivities, it may be time for some containment. Sharia… should not be allowed to spread through Western societies.” He touches on immigration, noting that it’s a problematic issue but suggesting that it’s reasonable to question the motives and agendas of immigrant groups. The message we must send? “Islam will not prevail. The West will not yield. You must accommodate to our values and way of life if you choose to live among us.”

As for going on the offensive, “instead of making excuses for Islam… we should be devoting our energies to exposing its hollowness,” relentlessly sowing the seeds of doubt among Muslims and encouraging them to abandon the faith. Taking that to the next level, Kilpatrick urges Christians to undertake the daunting task of mounting a widespread evangelizing of Muslims, luring them to Christianity with the liberating message of the Gospel. He concedes that this is a long-term strategy and we have no time to lose, but “both Islam and the left stand on very shaky ideological ground… Christians should take courage from knowing that in this war of ideas, all the best ideas are on their side.”

The Freedom Center’s own Robert Spencer calls Christianity, Islam, and Atheism “essential reading” and “a concise and comprehensive introduction to the reality and magnitude of the Islamic supremacist threat.” That is exactly right. This brief review does not do justice to the book’s breadth and compelling moral and cultural arguments. It’s an important addition to a library for educating ourselves and others about, as the subtitle puts it, “the struggle for the soul of the West.”

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  • Mary Sue

    A lot of atheists on the Left seem to think that rationalism (or their version of it) will triumph over superstition. However, they often fail to realize that their enemies in this situation are not Christians.

    • Libertarian Joe

      As an atheist (but definitely not one on the left), I’d like to point out that Christians are my enemy in the war against superstition, as are the other Abrahamic faiths and all religions which require the belief in the supernatural (but specifically the Abrahamic faiths).

      • Fred

        As a Christian I don't view atheists as enemies unless they are hostile, I. E. intolerant like Joe. If an atheist chooses not to believe that's their exercise of free will. An atheist is free to practice their religion as they see fit (yes, atheism is as much a religion as any other. Because it too is "superstition". Think about it.) When atheists insist on being at war with me because of my beliefs then then they are no different that Muslms that refuse to live and let live. the fundamental problem with both groups is intolerance. If someone chooses to not be Christian that's fine with me but they have no right to interfere in my beliefs in any way.

        • Libertarian Joe

          If your god has pre-determined everything that ever was and ever shall be, how is there free will? Riddle me that Batman.

          Groovy.

          • Mary Sue

            He hasn't pre-determined it; He simply knows what will happen. Big difference.

          • Fred

            It would be pointless to explain it to you Joe because your tiny closed mind is in capable of understanding it. And you seem to be very angry. What's wrong with you? BTW, libertarianism is about freedom – as in freedom OF religion. You get to beleive any fool thing you want about God or lack thereof, and I get to have my beliefs. Since you seem to believe you have some right to interfer in the religious beliefs of others square that with your handle.

          • pagegl

            Allah has predetermined everything. God of Judaism and Christianity has given us free will. Big, honkin' difference.

          • Western Canadian

            Don't waste your time on Lib Joe….. He's very happy being very ignorant.

      • Mary Sue

        but you have to admit, Christian "superstition" (which really isn't superstition in the strict sense of the word, while Islam certainly is) is by far preferable to Islam. This is a situation where Atheists and Christians have common cause, because both are targets of the Islamists' Jihad against the Kuffar, and you are every bit as Kuffar as any Christian.

        Heck, any given Muslim might assume that YOU are "christian".

      • Western Canadian

        No, you are the most ignorant and superstitious low church atheist I've seen in a long, long time.

    • wbthacker

      I'm an atheist in the center. I think rationalism has ALREADY won over superstition. How many people today trust faith healing over rational, modern medicine? Surveys show that something like a quarter of Americans believe Jesus is returning within their lifetime — yet most of them are still saving for retirement. Even churches install lightning rods instead of having faith in God's protection. When science revealed the threat of global warming, was anyone surprised that our first warning didn't come instead from religious prophets?

      Rationalism is why the USA has stealth bombers to can traverse the globe and foot soldiers who are worth ten or more of the best troops any Muslim country can field. It's why our standard of living is so rich that we can keep those troops there for years and barely notice the cost. No gas rationing or scrap drives like we needed for WWII, no Vietnam-style draft. Rationalism is why radical Islam will never threaten our existence. Radicals may win some battles, but they can't win the war.

      • Mary Sue

        I've got bad news for you. That Rationalism didn't start with Atheism. It started with Christianity.

      • Western Canadian

        Your ignorance is, like most ignorance, appalling. The basis of the rationalism that gave you the world you enjoy, is J/C in origin. And the cost to your country in protecting (militarily and otherwise) the oil held by fascists in the middle east, virtually doubles the cost of your energy. The cost of the foolishness in energy and islam, is almost destroying your country.

    • Questions

      There are plenty of atheists and agnostic on the Right as well. Not all go by the name Ayn Rand.

  • Libertarian Joe

    If there are no moderate Muslims, there are no moderate Christians, they’re all extremists and when you look at what Muslim and Christian extremists want, it’s virtually identical.

    • Indus Valley

      Yeah thats why you see Christians going around bombing & killing non-Christians shouting 'Hallelujah' & 'Praise be to Jesus'…..

      • Libertarian Joe

        That does happen. There are many Christian extremist groups in Africa, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army, who do the things you say.

        • Indus Valley

          Joseph Koni(LRA) can claim whatever he wants, But no Christian is claiming that he is a soldier of Jesus….Can you name some Christian theologians supporting that criminal Joseph Koni with Biblical verses? NO….You have no idea about Koran, Hadiths & the Sunna…..I'm tired of people equating Jihadists backed by their Koran, their Mullahs killing people & some non-Muslims committing atrocities…..You are just an average Islam loving Joe, nothing else…..

          • Libertarian Joe

            No True Scotsman.

            By the way, I hate Islam and extremist Muslims but I hate hypocrisy more.

          • Indus Valley

            "By the way, I hate Islam and extremist Muslims but I hate hypocrisy more" – Thats a news for me….

          • Mary Sue

            Kony is a nutjob, probably mentally ill. There's nothing in the Bible that would support him.

          • Mary Sue

            Read here for why the "No True Scotsman" fallacy does NOT apply here:
            http://www.tektonics.org/guest/scotty.htm

            Suppose, instead of the quibbling over their tea [(or porridge)], the story went like thus:

            Boris Ivanovich and Scotty McDougal are drinking tea while at a UN meeting in Brussels. Boris, a big fan of “Braveheart” finds out during their conversation that Scotty is a Scotsman.

            “I too,” exclaims Boris, “I’m a Scotsman!”

            “Are you from Scotland?” Scotty asks, “Or your parents perhaps?”

            “No, no of course not,” answers Boris, “I and my entire ancestry are from Russia!”

            “Well then,” Scotty quips, “You are no TRUE Scotsman, then!”

            Scotty in this case would not be committing a fallacy: since the word “Scotsman” is a racial/ethnic label referring to those born, or with ancestry, in Scotland. Since Boris, born of Russian parents in Russia, does not meet these criteria, he is in fact not a Scotsman, no matter how big a Mel Gibson fan he is.

          • Fred

            Self hatred is such an irony….

          • Chezwick

            A blind and destructive moral equivalence. The teachings of Jesus as documented in the Gospel bear no resemblance to the teachings of Muhammad as documented in the Ahadith…except to the intellectually lazy who have no powers of discernment.

            If Christians have ever killed innocents in the name of Christ, they've done so IN CONTRAVENTION to the established teachings of Jesus. If Muslims have ever killed innocents in the name of Allah, they've done so IN COMPLIANCE with the established teachings of Muhammad.

            Your claim to hate hypocrisy dissolves in the establishment of facts. What you REALLY hate is religion.

          • Western Canadian

            "By the way, I hate Islam and extremist Muslims but I hate hypocrisy more. "

            You really must hate yourself….

          • Libertarian Joe

            You speak (well, write) like Super Mario. For that you have my utmost respect.

          • Western Canadian

            You speak (well, write) like a twelve year old who has for years been told that he is brilliant, but alas, is to stupid to realize he is being lied to.

    • Dan from MN

      Much in agreement with Libertarian Joe. This whole article is trying to blame the Muslim religion for the downfall of Western society. Perhaps the author may forget that our society was founded on freedom to live how one wants? Banning Sharia would be equivalent to banning any display of . @ Indus Valley – it's funny how the Christians don't even need Biblical verses that support murder, torture, and rape , yet they're willing to train murderers, torturers, and rapists to do their bidding – see School of the America's. Even if you practice Christianity, it doesn't mean you're acting ethical or moral. Also, acting "Christian" can be synonymous with proselytizing and the destruction of life in competing cultures/religions/mythologies.

      I laugh at multiculturalism being described as a retreat from masculinity. If ignorantly hating other belief systems is quintessential to being a man, better start calling me a vagina.

      • Mary Sue

        You don't know what you are talking about.

        Sharia embodies all the things that the Left struggled hard TO ABOLISH! Maltreatment of women, advocating rape culture, allowing people to literally get away with murder on the basis of their religion! If you lived under Sharia, you'd be forced to pay a Jizzya (tax) or murdered if you refused to convert to Islam.

      • Fred

        I think Lib Joe and Dan the man prove the articles point. More that adequately.

        Our society was definitely NOT founded on the freedom to live as one wants. There was one very big and important restriction placed on our freedom – we do NOT have the freedom to believe in a fake religion that advocates blowing up an eight year old kid, all to "protect" the fake religion and acting on those beliefs! If one is practicing actual Christianity – what Christ said to do – then one is acting ethically and morally. And to resort to multicultural moral equivalence between all competing cultures, religions and mythologies like atheism is beyond idiotic. Muslims demonstrate ever single day the utter fallacy of moral equivalence.

      • pagegl

        You seem to have reading comprehension issues. The article states that the wimpifcation of western morals is the downfall of western society and that Islam is taking advantage of that.

      • Western Canadian

        So hello vagina…. your ignorance and hatred are extreme.

    • JJJ

      So you are basically saying that ALL Christian are extreme- like what- there all Nazi's, racial bigots and Klu Klu Klan members? that just makes you look like you are the extremist- if you view every other group that way. We are all different Joe- And I am no more a kkk member than you are the president!

    • Western Canadian

      "f there are no moderate Muslims, there are no moderate Christians, they're all extremists and when you look at what Muslim and Christian extremists want, it's virtually identical. "

      In that one uncommonly ignorant and hate filled quote, you have demonstrated your stupidity, ignorance as well as your viciousness.

  • Marc

    I do not think there is an equivalence between Christian and Muslim fundamentalism, but Christians really need to stop raping and sodomizing their own kids.

    If you are a young male Christian and your pastor/priest uses you as his girlfriend then most certainly American males will become feminized.

    • Mary Sue

      That's not a fault of Christianity. That's an individual case of pedophilia.

      • Marc

        There have been tens of thousands of cases of pedophile Christians pastors/priests in America alone.

        • Western Canadian

          False number, and they are not pedophiles…. The age of the targets at least in the RC church, makes them homosexual rapists… using the church as cover, while loathing it.

    • Mary Sue

      what about all the little boys and girls that pedophilic Imams molest?

    • Fred

      Any pastor or priest that abuses child is not a Chrustian. People like Marc confuse someone claiming to be Christian with actually be Christian.

    • Texan

      Catholicism is an apostate form of Christianity. You are rightly finding fault with the apostate church that is a false representation of Christian faith.

      • Marc

        Catholicism is a much older form of Christianity than Protestantism.

        Plus the majority of the worlds Christians are Catholic (about 1.2 billion out of approx. 2 billion Christians).

        Evangelism is a right wing cult from the American South. Remember that the Southern Baptist ideology developed exclusively to maintain and promote slavery in the Southern states.

    • Western Spirit

      I'm not a Catholic but I have faith in its mission. The Church of Christ has true believers among all of its aspects. The heart of Christianity is in the heart of man where change occurs, or doesn't. This change of heart makes the Christian not the name of the branch of Christianity he belongs to.

      But the Catholic Church has to stop having celebrate priests because this invites homosexual priests to hide in the bosom of the Church.

      St, Paul said he would wish all Christian men were celebrate like him, but he didn't make it a hard and fast rule. Neither should the Catholic Church because the sexual appetite is hard enough to channel as it is without denying it entirely.

      • Western Canadian

        I wish, as an unbeliever, that people would actually read and understand paul…

  • Chezwick

    "As for going on the offensive, “instead of making excuses for Islam… we should be devoting our energies to exposing its hollowness,” relentlessly sowing the seeds of doubt among Muslims and encouraging them to abandon the faith."

    RESPONSE: Perhaps the most profoundly rational words ever written by anyone in this young centuries of ours..

    • Libertarian Joe

      True, but it should be followed by applying the exact same rationale to all religions.

      • Chezwick

        A blind and destructive moral equivalence. The teachings of Jesus as documented in the Gospel bear no resemblance to the teachings of Muhammad as documented in the Ahadith…except to the intellectually lazy who have no powers of discernment.

        If Christians have ever killed innocents in the name of Christ, they've done so IN CONTRAVENTION to the established teachings of Jesus. If Muslims have ever killed innocents in the name of Allah, they've done so IN COMPLIANCE with the established teachings of Muhammad.

        Your claim to hate hypocrisy dissolves in the establishment of facts. What you REALLY hate is religion.

      • Western Canadian

        Especially the most vicious, violent and hate filled religion of all: your brand of atheism. It only took atheists a single century to murder as many as it took islam 5 centuries to murder.

  • Lary9

    <“A secular society… can’t fight a spiritual war,” Kilpatrick writes.>

    Of course it can and it has been doing it since The Enlightenment. Secular humanism (regardless of what it's called at any given time) continues to gain ground inch-by-inch…closing the gaps of knowledge with science & rationality one new truth paradigm at a time.

    • Western Canadian

      Secular humanism is a low grade religion, that has resulted in much blood shed. Hardly a past to be proud of.

      • Lary9

        Secular humanism isn't a religion anymore than democratic government or existentialism or cubism in art. This is an accusation I hear all the time. It arises from the filter through which they view the world—not the reality. I think it comes from the confusion of human passion for certain ideas with the religious passion of zealots, thinking that since they both bear a committed intensity then they must be alike.
        As for "much bloodshed"—it makes little sense when compared to the overwhelming majority of war waged in this world that is directly related to religious belief. What? Are you arguing that Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot were secular humanists? Ridiculous. But all these side bars are irrelevant to the truth at the heart of the matter. Either there is a God or there isn't. Religious war is waged between believers in the affirmative over the details of their own faith, (usually Abrahamic),and its private revelations, now institutionalized—wherein the devil lies.
        It's as clear as the nose on a human face. Religion has been giving ground for centuries and is poised to act either on malicious world destruction or enlightened capitulation—your loss of adherents is accelerating. And the great squealing protests by religious groups are nothing more than frightened victims, still locked in the mass delusional hysteria of religion, as they watch their offspring leaving the madness in droves! Religion itself is the genuine "elephant in the room" of terrorism and armed conflict that few target head-on.

  • Consider

    A classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    For sure, the Christians commited less terror attacks and other misdeeds. But this is not because of the "weakness" of their doctrine. It's just because most of the Christians take their religion less seriously.

    Not exactly a compliment for a doctrine.

    • LibertarianTexan

      There is another reason Christians have committed fewer terror attacks. Predominantly Christian countries aren't routinely invaded and bombed by other countries.

      • Jacko

        It seems that Christians are committed to love their enemy although I do not think Jesus really said that. many Christians believ that all religions want peace . Moslems do not want peace only rulership over the world. There seems to be something in Islam which encourages people to kill. Moslems are not only killing Christians and Jews but other Moslems. Syria Lebanon Iraq, Sudan etc

        • Fred

          That something is called the Koran, their unholly book and their mad dog "prophet" Mohammud. I hate filled book with verse after verse of kill the infidel.

          • Fred

            This is what Christ said about loving one's enemies.

            Love for Enemies from the Sermon on the Mount.

            Matthew 5:43-48

            43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

      • Consider

        But predominatly Jewish "countries" (let's neglect for a moment the accidental fact that there is only one) are routinely exposed to all kinds of attacks.

        Still Jews do not engage in planting bombs around the world.

        • Libertarian Joe

          No just in Palestine and occasionally a covert one in Iran or the Lebanon.

          • Consider

            Covert action in Iran and Lebanon by Jews?

          • Libertarian Joe

            Yep, Mossad are very active in those countries.

          • Mary Sue

            evidence plz?

          • Fred

            Thee is NO comparison between Islamic inspired violence against innocent people like those in Boston or blowing up Jews on a bus in Israel and targeted attacks to kill the terrorist leaders of Hamas or killing Iranians working to build nuclear weapons that would be used to annihilate Israel. Once again Joe proves the point of the article. Whether Christianity allows for self defense is a theological debate, see Just War theory. If self defense is not allowed then I will beg Christ's forgiveness for defending myself and my family from the worlds nut jobs. Since Muslims are in a world wide war against non-Muslims I choose to defend myself and my country, even if that results in some "collateral damage" in those counties harboring our enemy combatants.

          • Indus Valley

            You must be a super sleuth to expose Mossad…Now Mossad will be scared of you….

          • Lan Astaslem

            you're not only a delusional dummy, but a Jew hater too

      • Stacy

        So, it would be logical for the Christians who were bombed by the Brothers Tsarnaev to have returned the favor and bombed a few mosques by now? Funny, but that didn't happen. Hmm, I wonder why? Is it because they actually believe and practise what their faith teaches?

        • Libertarian Joe

          That does happen. Christians in Nigeria have bombed mosques as a response to the Muslim extremist group Boko Harem.

          • Mary Sue

            but that's not because their religion told them to. That's because Boko Haram IS TRYING TO KILL THEM. A war response, not a religious one.

          • Fred

            Exactly. We are allowed to defend ourselves. We ought to do to Muslim counties, starting with the Saudis, what we did to Germany in WWII.

      • Indus Valley

        "There is another reason Christians have committed fewer terror attacks. Predominantly Christian countries aren't routinely invaded and bombed by other countries." – So according to you, it is perfectly normal for the Middle-Eastern Christians, Serbs, Armenians, Jews to bomb the Muslims as well as Indian Hindus to Bomb the Arab Syrians(Mohamed bin Kasam from Syria invaded India first), Turkic speaking Uzbeks(Timur is from Uzbekistan), Persians, Mamluks, Afghans, etc???? Is that so??? Or you will again whine on behalf of the Muslims???

    • Mary Sue

      you don't know anything about Christian doctrine, then.

      The Bible does NOT advocate terror attacks. THE QURAN DOES!

    • Fred

      Consider doesn't really know much of anything about Christians or Christanity me thinks. Please find anywhere in the Bible where Christ advocates violence against others. (hint His words are printed in red in some Bibles). Compare and contrast what Christ said to what Mohammud said with regard to violence toward others. Devote Christians don't engage in violence (Amish or Quakers) because Christ commands them not to, while Mohammud commands the exact opposite.

      • Consider

        Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

        Luke 10:10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
        Luke 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you

        Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

        A nice basis for formulating a strategy of coercion, terror and conquest.
        If one choses to do so.
        Fortunately, religion in the West is mainly seen as a decoration for weddings and funerals.
        And luckily, atheism is on the rise.

        • Western Canadian

          Your lack of understanding, is disgusting. But you are proud of it. And atheism is the bloodiest faith of all, even more so than islam.

  • geneww1938

    There is a void in every heart [soul] until it is filled with the Holy Spirit [which is received when a person accepts Biblical salvation].
    See http://jc.does-it.net to understand the proof that God authored the Bible.

  • TruthJew

    Liberalism with its false messiah Obama, Christianity with its false god jesus, Islam with its false god allah, Communism & Naziism with their false psychopaths Stalin & Hitler Y"S, have all failed miserably and left the world in shambles.

    Only the Torah of Israel has the necessary wisdom and truth to save mankind from its own self-destruction. The G-d of Israel is returning the Jews to the Land of Israel to fulfill their role as spiritual teachers of mankind, as the the world's false ideologies collapse before our eyes.

    "for out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3)

    • Libertarian Joe

      I don’t particularly like Christians but Jesus seemed like a decent guy. Moses however must be the most psychopathic mass murderer in fiction.

      • watsa46

        As my mother liked to say, whoever created Christianity was one of the greatest businessmen ever to exist! Jesus was a great man indeed. Many of his followers screwed it up!

      • Mary Sue

        You don't know what you're talking about.

    • Joel

      I generally agree with what you're saying, but I don't think that I would say that Christianity has failed miserably – I think that America has been good because of it was Christian (in spite of the many times that it has fallen short of the ideal), and that the shambles that we see all around us are the result of the elimination of Christianity from the public sphere. I agree that Christianity has strayed far from the Torah, but Christians living their values are pretty good neighbors, even if I don't agree with their theology.

      • Libertarian Joe

        Christians have strayed too far from the Torah. I can’t remember the last time I saw a bunch of Christians massacring some Canaanites.

        • Mary Sue

          1.) there are no more Canaanites
          2.) The Canaanites were under God's Judgment for being…well…wicked. Sacrificing newborns to Chemosh, for instance. God specifically said he was dispossessing the Canaanites of the Land of Canaan due to their wickedness. It was not for being Canaanites, it was for being a bunch of psychopaths.
          3.) At no time did God say Christians should go around massacring some Canaanites or anyone else.

        • Western Canadian

          You really are incapable of formulating an argument, but that doesn't stop you from arguing. Sad, and typical for a low church atheist.

    • wbthacker

      "The G-d of Israel is returning the Jews to the Land of Israel…"

      So that means we Americans can stop sending Israel billions of dollars a year in aid money, right? God doesn't need OUR help.

      It's funny to hear a Zionist speak of the messiah in the future, when America has been saving your asses for decades.

      • Indus Valley

        Classic red herring !!!!!!!!

      • Western Spirit

        So what makes you think God didn't have a hand in America saving Israel's ass? By America becoming secular instead of Christian this may stop happening.

      • Western Canadian

        The jews have been saving their own asses. Having friends makes it a little easier.

    • Lary9

      If Obama is a messiah, then he's a laughably poor and ironically transitory one—furthermore, if you think POTUS is a liberal, then you misunderstand the concept. He socially liberal, probably owing to his background in law & community planning, but he's no liberal on much else.

  • slickdemetrius

    I really like the new Pope so far but feel that perhaps naming a sub-Saharan African candidate would have energized Christianity on a continent that right now is on the frontline of this clash.

    From my recent experiences, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania are bordering on being lost causes. Dar e salaam is very dangerous right now for Christians as is Zanzibar. The strategy seems to be to spread down the eastern coast of Africa before moving west. The north (west and east) is of course solidly islamic.

    It may not seem important to us in the west now, but black African Christians right now are trying to defend themselves and no one seems to be listening.

  • watsa46

    Might be "vacuism"!!! philosophy of individuals who have no interest in anything pertaining to human activities. Their brain is just "empty"! They represent probably the majority of the human species.

  • http://atheistethicist.blogspot.com Alonzo Fyfe

    Bigotry is the crime of making derogatory over-generalizations – painting whole groups with a brush that applies only to a subset of the group.

    This article drips with bigotry – using broad general terms in order to incite a tribal hatred of one tribe (or, two competing tribes, actually) while – just as broadly – over-generalizing the virtues of another tribe.

    In failing to recognize – and committing – this moral wrong, the author certainly surrenders any opportunity to claim the moral high ground.

    Justice demands condemning those who are actually guilty – not those who happen to share some non-relevant characteristic with the guilty. There are many types of Islam (just as there are many types of Christianity and many types of atheism). Some are better than others.

    It is simply not true – and unjust to assert that it is true – that all are alike.

    • Libertarian Joe

      Hear, hear.

      • Western Canadian

        Since praise from yo is praise from a fool, Alfonzo should be very, very worried by your reply. And islam is the exception, there is only one islam, and it slaughters even itself.

    • Consider

      Let us suppose that there is a community which members are 99.9% peaceful and, say, law abidding.
      Let us further suppose that from the region of the world where this community is predominant (for the sake of the argument let's call this region "the Middle East" ) there are 100 flights per day to another region of the world (again, for the sake of the agument let us call it "Europe"). Let us suppose that there are on the average 100 passengers per flight. That means that statistically, the other region recieves each day 10 (3,650 per year) of dishonest and lawbreaking people, read terorist and their supporters, that is 0.1% of 10,000.
      While the wast majority of the community in question is honest and innocent, there is among them 0.10% to much of those who represent a danger to other fellow humans.
      Therefore this community is looked at with justified suspicion despite that the, I say again, wast majority of its members is straight.

      • Libertarian Joe

        You’re right, but you could say the same about every religious or social group. Should I treat every Christiany type person with suspicion when I see them near a Family Planning clinic?

        • Mary Sue

          Of what concern is it to YOU if a "Christiany" person is near a family planning clinic? Christians are not commanded to bomb abortion mills!

        • Consider

          We cannot say this for about every religious group since in one case the dangerous portion is 1/1,000 and in other 1/1,000,000 or less. (Note that in both cases the wast majority is good.)
          In this field small percentage variations make a difference.
          Imagine someone arguing that, since a disease killed "only" 10% of a population, it is not dangerous as 90% (i.e. the wast majority) survived.

          As Karl Marx (or whoever) said, at some point quantity translates to quality…

        • Western Canadian

          The dishonest of your faux question, is amazing.

    • Indus Valley

      "There are many types of Islam (just as there are many types of Christianity and many types of atheism). Some are better than others." – Can you tell me the various types of Islam & which one is better than the others??? Do you actually know that Muslims are killing eachother in this "who is a better Muslim" contest???
      "My ummah will be divided into seventy three sects. All of them will be in the Fire except one" [Saheeh Muslim, no.976] – Which sect will escape fire????

      • Libertarian Joe

        To be fair, we did have 300 years of Christians killing Christians, it’s just we have had the benefit of a secular enlightenment.

        • Indus Valley

          "To be fair, we did have 300 years of Christians killing Christians" – So you mean to say that Muslims killing eachother & killing other non-Muslims today is ok???? I don't seem to understand your logic….

          • Libertarian Joe

            Where did I say that? Oh that’s right, nowhere.

        • Western Canadian

          Try to actually study history, before making a fool out of yourself with your ignorance of it.

    • Mary Sue

      looks like someone has substandard reading comprehension skills!

    • Fred

      Tribe? WTF are you talking about? Are Muslims and non-Muslims now "tribes". Tribal warfare is what happens in the Muslim world. Not so much in the multicultural Western world. How multicultural is any Muslim country? Did we concern ourselves about "innocent" Germans when we bombed Germany in WWII? Are there any innocent Muslims when their so-called religion requires them to kill non-Muslms? Aren't all Muslims, like driver in a getaway car, guilty?

      • Alonzo Fyfe

        The concept of a "tribe" is used to describe phenomena when people adopt a strong bias in favor of those who belong to the same group ("us") and unjustly denigrate those who belong to an outside group ("them").

        Identical behavior is judged differently depending on whether it is done by a fellow member of a tribe or an outside – where the fellow tribe member is cheered but the outside performing the same action is criticized.

        It is quite true that this type of mentality also can be found within groups – as when the Catholics and the Lutherans engaged in a brutal period of warfare that saw the wholesale slaughter of men, women, and children throughout Europe. In many cases, whole villages would be rounded up and killed under the command, "Kill them all. God will know his own". Usually, they would be herded into the village church – men, woman, and children – and the church would then be burned to the ground.

        • Indus Valley

          Can you please discuss some current events( religious persecution) thats happening all over the world on a daily basis?????? Guess you cant…..

  • Consider

    Against legitimate targets.
    And not in quality of "Jews" in order to promote Judaism.

    BTW, Iran?

  • Just Greg

    My, my, the crazy lefties are out early this morning.

    • Libertarian Joe

      Define lefty. I have seen no discussion of left-wing social or economic policies in the comments section.

      • Mary Sue

        The Left mentality is not confined to those two things.

      • Western Canadian

        Just expressions of ignorance (like your own) vastly more common on the left…

  • http://none Western Spirit

    Until recently this was a Christian nation and therefore a free nation. Christianity came to us through the Jews, but the Jews didn’t fulfill their part of the covenant with God as would be the case with any other group of people because people are deeply flawed.

    And it is because of this deep flawedness that all people are in trouble the world over. We Christians are losing our faith living in this secular society where flaws are celebrated and laws are not. Therefore we are losing our freedom because it is by following God’s laws we triumph over the evil that we see everywhere and in everything human.

    there are still many Christians in this country but they are being silenced by the Left in the same way the Left has silenced everyone else —by name calling. In this case calling the Christian a Bible thumper. Someone who thumps people over the head with the wisdom of the Bible. And thus defuses them as someone to be taken seriously.

    As if the Left doesn’t thump people over the head with their beliefs, their agenda, that we see in everything, every place and in every way. It’s even being taught to our children in school where Christian beliefs are now forbidden. Because the Left pretends its belief system isn’t a religion, which it obviously is by fulfilling all the definitions of a religion. A religion of Idiots preaching idiocy instead of laws.

    This universe, however, is not a helter-skelter universe but one run by laws and where there is laws there is a lawgiver. And it is by following these laws both Christians and Jews have enjoyed freedom.

    No wonder the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has lost ground in this free country started by Christians, who in the beginning made this a nation of laws not men. But in recent years this nation has become a nation of appetites, not laws.

    Appetites that laws have put limits on or forbidden in the past but the Left’s idiots have confused liberty with license and have now allowed them expression. As we slide down the hill into slavery or worse because of the Left’s idiocy of pretending everything in the world is equal has given Islam parity with the west. An obvious lie.

    appeti

    • wbthacker

      "Until recently this was a Christian nation and therefore a free nation"

      You contradicted yourself in the first sentence. How can a nation be free when only one religion holds all the power? The Jews certainly weren't very free, nor the Native Americans.

      "As we slide down the hill into slavery or worse because of the Left's idiocy "

      Uh, news flash. We slid down the hill into slavery in 1776 when we ALLOWED IT TO BE LEGAL. And it wasn't the Left that did that, it was good ol' god-fearing Christians. Christianity defended racism and segregation until the Civil Rights movement (and until the end of the 20th century, when the Southern Baptists finally renounced them.)

      Admit it: when you said America was free, you meant "White, male Christians were free, and nobody else matters."

      • Mary Sue

        Uh, no.

        "Christianity" did not defend racism and segregation. Racists claiming Christianity defended it. The slavery of the Americas wasn't even one bit at all like the slavery common in the Ancient Near East.

        I think you're forgetting why America was founded in the first place. It was so they would be free to worship as they wished, without the Church of England breathing down their necks or persecuting them for being, you know, not Church of England.

        • Western Spirit

          Mary Sue:
          Good to hear from you and God bless. The Civil War was fought by Christians to free the slaves among other things. Good God fearing Christians gave up their lives for their fellow man to be free. This was a big deal thousands were killed. No one in history had done this before.

          The fact this was a Christian nation does not preclude the deeply flawed human race behaving like deeply flawed human beings. But dying to free others was exceptional, unheard of and done because of the Christian faith.

      • Western Spirit

        Oh come on you sound like a broken record of this country's enemies—the Left.

        OUR RACE IS DEEPLY FLAWED. And yes it can be both free and Christian because of that religion's belief system. The Left's belief system, as you will see, as the velvet cushion of "compassion" is withdrawn, and it will be withdrawn when the Left has completely defeated this country's freedom bestowed on it by Christianity.

        • Western Spirit

          This reply comment was meant for wbthacker. I'm deeply flawed you know so I put in Mary Sue's slot by mistake.

      • Western Canadian

        People fooling themselves or lying about it, called themselves christians while owning slaves…. REAL christians, killed the slave trade where ever they could. Quit lying about christians, and american history. And it was democrats, churched or not, who fought to keep slavery, jim crow etc.

  • Libertarian Joe

    The US has been a secular nation since its inception.

    • Fred

      You are terrible confused Joe. The government is secular. The nation is not secular. The nation since it's inception has been multi-religious. And many of refuse to allow your religion of atheism to be the official state religion.

    • Western Canadian

      Where did you get that load of drivel??

  • Doug Mayfield

    As an atheist, I have no quarrel with anyone who is religious, as long as they do not attempt to impose their beliefs on me at gunpoint.

    I consider each individual's religion to be that individual's choice and expect that individual to respect the rights of others to think for themselves.

    But Islam is dramatically different from all other major religions which have evolved away from the religious warfare and persecutions of the Middle Ages.

    Islam is evil right down to the very bottom because its leaders send out their followers to murder or enslave anyone who disagrees with them.

    I heartily condemn Islam as a vicious, tyrannical ideology which spawns the countless rapes, murders, atrocities seen every day in every Islamic country around the world.

    • wbthacker

      I'm an atheist too, and you're being unfair.

      Do you forget about Christian leaders who publish names and addresses of abortion doctors and encourage their followers to murder them or bomb their clinics? The terrorist conflict between Irish Catholics and Protestants? How about the Westboro Baptist church and other homophobic cults whose words encourage anti-gay violence?

      There is no central leadership of the Islamic faith. Some clerics promote terrorism, but most do not. As an atheist, I think each worshiper cherry-picks ideas that suit them from the menu of possibilities their religion presents. A peaceful person sees Islam as a religion of peace; a hateful one believes Islam demands jihad. And you can see the same things in every religion. Every worshiper has his own, personal religion, making it impossible to make sweeping statements like "Islam is evil" or "Christianity is homophobic".

      So I just say, "Religion is evil because it promotes faith over evidence, which encourages extremists to believe their insanity is divinely sanctioned." Faith, not a specific religion, is what makes some people believe they have a right to be violent.

      • Doug Mayfield

        Yes, there are leaders and followers of religions other than Islam who commit evil acts.

        But Islam is organized from the top to enforce slavery and death in every country in which it takes root.

        A key issue is having the equivalent of our First amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, in the constitution under which a country is governed. (Which has allowed us, I believe, to avoid sectarian conflicts such as that in Northern Ireland).

        But any such provision (any such freedoms) is impossible in any Islamic country.

        Organized tyranny, organized slavery, such as is uniform throughout the Islamic world, is different than isolated acts of a few based on their faith.

      • Fred

        Please provide the names of the "Christian leaders" that advocate murder. There is a difference between protesting at abortion murder mills and advocating violence against those places. Lone wolf attacks against abortion clinics are not the same things as Islamic violence. The conflict between Irish factions was political not primarily religiously inspired. Neither Catholic nor Protestant doctrine advocated car bombs. Islamic unholly texts do advocate death to non-Muslims. As to Westboro Baptists, just because they claim to be Christian does not mean they are following the tenants of Christanity or following Christ. The overwhelming evidence is that everywhere around the world where there are Muslims there is an inordinate amount of violence. "Islam's Bloody borders". To attempt to compare a few isolated acts of violence committed by "Christians in name only" to the slaughter wrought by Muslims since 911 is not only disingenuous it is down right insane! See thereligionofpeace.com

        • Indus Valley

          @ Fred these people always use 'Tu Quoque" in a distorted way….No point in explaining to them cos they never understand the basic Christian theology nor have any idea about Koran, Hadiths & the Suna…..They just hate religion, in that they hate Christianity more…..

      • Western Spirit

        Only in your imagination, Buster. Religion is built right into us and if it's evil that's why. Faith allows us to enter a dimension of reality we otherwise couldn't. Because there is more to reality than can be apprehended by the senses.

        Faith is important in all aspects of life from sports to medicine and is a viable force in life to be reckoned with and given its due.

        But faith like everything else must be challenged and questioned instead of blindly followed. What you call insane is simply a revelation of your limitations not an indictment of faith as a factor in reality.

  • wbthacker

    "Kilpatrick notes that Christians today have lost all cultural confidence and are suffering a “crisis of masculinity,” thanks to the feminizing influences of multiculturalism and feminism. "

    That feminizing influence is a GOOD thing, I believe. I think the rise of female influence in post-medieval Europe is part of why warfare between individual dukes and princes has given way to stable, peaceful relations across the continent. Men are a lot quicker to fight than women., and women's voices added a tempering influence to political discussions. We see a similar effect in Christian denominations who elevate women to clergy and other leadership positions, as opposed to Roman Catholic, Evangelical, and Muslim churches where men make all the decisions and whose policies are more combative and stubborn. The latter are literally using only half their brainpower.

    Be thankful that Christianity has been feminized, because it makes you stronger and smarter. Only a fool — or a chauvinist — would oppose it.

    • Mary Sue

      Uh, no. There are women who would go to war at the drop of a hat. Ever seen a catfight? Women can be downright vicious! Catherine the Great wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty. The Celtic leader Boudicca fought right on the battlefield right along with the men and a bunch of other women.

      this idea that women are all anti-war or whatever is nonsense.

    • Indus Valley

      So now you proved that you have no idea about whats Feminism….

    • Western Canadian

      You have much, much too small an information base to be able to comment on much of anything. If you remain silent, people will not know that you are a fool.

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    In many ways, though Judaism is the parent religion to Christianity, they are starkly different, and are all to be included in the American melting pot, of religious pluralism. I wrote something substantial about this in the early days of my website, and here it is again: http://clarespark.com/2009/07/11/multiculturalist…. "Multiculturalists and Wilsonians can't diagnose the new antisemitism."

  • marios

    this country was built on Judeo-Christians values. The first settlers came from Europe, Puritans named this country "New Israel" and it continued for centuries.
    Muslims kill 100,000 Christians per year all over the world. Where is Vatican? Who will defend Christians? Stop go deeply to sofisticated religious issues and look at face of tragedy: Muslims destruct Christians without ANY Christians resistance. Look at copt in Egypt, in Sudan where ML Christians were slaughtered in Darfur and overall in country. It is genocide excecuted by Islamists "Boko Haram" against Christians in Nigeria. The article is analysis what is in reality and what is our future if Christians world not wake up and remember that they are not sheep. Israel is on the first line of battle with Islamic expansion. Stay with Israel if you want future for your children.

  • teq

    In China the Muslims are fighting the Han
    In Burma the Muslims are fighting the Buddhists
    In the Mid-East the Muslims are fighting the Jews'
    In India the Muslims are fighting the Hindus
    In the West the Muslims are fighting the Christians

    Everywhere the Muslims are fighting someone
    Even each other; Shia against Sunni;
    Palace against Mosque. Everywhere you look, Muslims are
    killing others and themselves.

    Islam looks like it's on the point of Implosion
    Self Immolation
    Gotterdammerung!!

    • Smote

      "Islam looks like it's on the point of Implosion
      Self Immolation
      Gotterdammerung!!"

      Three words: Bring it on!

    • Western Spirit

      How about a good thump from a Bible thumper? The Bible predicted that Ismael's, the father of the Arabs, hand would be raised against all men and all men would have their hand raised against him.

      Good guess, huh?

  • Cece

    Whether you claim Christianity or Islam or Atheism or whatever, the GOD of the Bible, the only GOD, the CREATOR of heaven and earth says we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. If we could only stop the fight for more than a minute and meditate on that, West or East we would all be the better. No group has the monopoly on good and right. There is only ONE who does. And seldom do any of us truly grasp the meaning of that. Sorry. I didn’t mean to preach. Just want you all to know you are loved.

  • Indioviejo

    Nobody questions Islam's conscience, morality, or ethics when they believe in a "religion" invented by a murdering pedophile. Anybody that can believe in Mohamed as a perfect man, and the prophet of God, is either ignorant or a criminal. So therein lies the incompatibility of Islam with Judeo-Christian civilization. The fact that we continue to be tolerant of criminal belief and behavior, says more about our "Stockholm Syndrome" than our intelligence or tolerance. When we have people posting here and equating Islam to Christianity betrays their ignorance of both. I think Kirkpatrick has made an excellent contribution to the culture war, but everyone needs to point out Mohamed's self admitted criminal behavior to the Muslims, and hold them to our western values if they really want something better in their lives. If they would have stayed in their own countries and stopped threatening our lives, I would have no problem with their satanic cult, but when they moved into the western world with their satanic beliefs, they became a problem.

  • Brim

    Islam is such a menace that only a coalition of secular and Judeo-Christian forces would have a chance to defeat it.

  • Din Ali Pirzada

    Dear Sir, I have read and re-read the above article, and am of the opinion that ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY are different FAITHS. When Islam came through Prophet Mohammad SAW, the messages were sent to Roman, Iranians to embrace Islam and on their refusal, Allah Almighty commanded Mohammad SAW to wage war against the INFIDELS. Thus the Christians are INFIDELS and Muslims are the true followers. The reward HEREAFTER for Chrisians and Jews, Hindus or followers of other religions except the Muslims will go to the Hell. And the Muslims' reward is HEAVEN. Naturally there is Cultural differences and the Muslism and christians will not mingle with each other.

    • Indus Valley

      " Allah Almighty commanded Mohammad SAW to wage war against the INFIDELS." – You just said it…..Thanks for justifying the non-Muslim anger against the Muslims.

  • lanovelhistory

    This interesting review article is respectfully replied to here
    http://theatheistconservative.com/2013/04/27/gott

  • salma

    first of all, those quotes in the quran that promote violence, why cant anyone quote them in context?? the guy (muhammad) and his followers were fighting a war against the ppl who were suppressing them. those verses came down as an encouragement to those who were fighting. what the hell is so wrong with God telling them to fight and kill them and don't be afraid?? isn't that what the army general is supposed to do? and why is everyone failing to say that right after those verses, there are other verses that say that if the enemy wishes to stop fighting and calls for peace, you should stop fighting and escort that person to safety?? and NO WHERE doe the quran tell people to kill innocent persons or become pedophiles. MUHAMMAD WAS NOT A PEDOPHILE. his youngest wife was 9 or 12 when their match was arranged. that was simply the custom in those days. he didnt consumate that marriage till she was 18. sheesh.