As a culture, we often misunderstand the difference between doing something “in the name of,” and doing something “at the direction of.” Modern America despises Christianity. Considering that, it’s no surprise that anytime an atrocity is committed by a Muslim, or anyone who’s not a Christian, the left scrambles to find a Christian analog. It’s pathological.
The place from which this need comes is unambiguous. The left needs to keep Christianity on the same level as the more destructive radical Islam. Radical Islam has claimed countless lives–both Christian, as well as other Muslims–while Christianity has claimed none. You may be thinking about the Crusades at this very moment. However, aside from the fact that the Crusades were a mostly defensive measure, they were not done at the direction of scripture.
How can you say that?! The Crusaders justified their march using the scripture! How can you accuse radical Muslims of committing atrocities in the name of Islam, while letting Christians off the hook for doing the same thing?
The answer is in the first paragraph. There is a critical difference between doing something “in the name of,” and doing something “at the direction of.”
On a recent episode of “The View,” Rhodes scholar Whoopi Goldberg became defensive of Muslims due to some conservatives saying the United States should only accept Christian refugees:
“There have been a lot of horrifying–there have been a lot of monster Christians. Hitler was a Christian.”
When even Joy Behar, the human equivalent of a bird hitting your windshield, says “I’m not so sure,” you know you’ve made a flatly retarded statement.
Whoopi defended her point by uttering a string of words that some speculate make sense in another universe:
“Well, he didn’t like the Catholics, remember? So he thought of himself as a Christian person.”
Anyway, Whoopi’s point, however incorrect and incoherent (Hitler was far from Christian), was to redirect the spear toward Christianity. Anytime someone brings up radical Islam, liberals jump over each other to say that Christians committed atrocities in the name of their religion too! Remember Obama’s “high-horse” tangent about the Crusades? Another redirection. But there’s the rub. One must look to the source text in order to ascribe motive to the actions of someone who’s being accused of using their faith to harm others.
So, let’s do that. The Christian faith bases its practices on the New Testament of the Bible. While they use the Old Testament as study, it was the Christ that fulfilled the prophecies and wiped clean the law of the Jews.
Nowhere in the New Testament is there a verse that tells Christians to kill or to harm other people. Christ never prescribed hurting anyone, only loving them. There is hyperbole regarding armor and weapons, but if anyone makes the argument that those passages are promoting violence, they’re a disingenuous jackass.
On the other hand, the Quran is loaded with passages of violence. Not only that, those passages are not relegated to a specific time and place, rather, they are open-ended. It is the true followers of the Quran who wage violent jihad against the west.
Peaceful Muslims–the ones the Democrats constantly remind us exist every time a Muslim blows up a building, or shoots up a grocery store–are what I call “cafeteria Muslims.” They twist the Quran to their liking, conveniently forgetting the multitude of verses ordering violence against those who do not believe, like Quran 8:12, which says: “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”
Radical Muslims–or real Muslims, as I like to call them–are simply acting on orders from their holy scripture. They are waging a war. Those who commit atrocities “in the name of Christianity” have no basis for such evil. They are simply applying their twisted behavior to a faith that demands love.
Radical Muslims are acting at the direction of their scripture. Christians who commit vile acts don’t have such a luxury; their scripture condemns such behavior. Anyone can do anything “in the name of” something; it doesn’t require a proper rationale.
Sorry, Whoopi. Even if Hitler had been a Christian, his actions wouldn’t have been justified by scripture. Radical Muslims, however, are entirely justified by the Quran.