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Really? We’re No Better Than ISIS?!

December 4, 2014

*In response to: The Pope Has A Message For Christian Fundamentalists: You’re No Better Than ISIS

Excuse me, but “fundamentalists” are not the same as “extremists”. And “republican” doesn’t equate with “conservative”. ISIS have tortured, massacred, raped, and threatened many Christians… ESPECIALLY conservatives who have gone into missions spreading the good news of the Bible, or stood up for the name of Christ despite the risk of being abducted, tortured and killed themselves.

I call myself conservative or fundamentalist because I believe in the hard truths written in the Bible that many claiming-Christians today can’t accept or have downplayed. And believe it or not, the hard truths go against Virginia Republican Richard Black’s statement that “a woman could not be raped by her husband because she had already given consent through marriage.” Ephesians 5:24-26 says “But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word…” Rape doesn’t show love nor does it sanctify. Period. Richard Black is not a true Christian because he demonstrated that he clearly doesn’t know the Bible.

The article also seems to blame the majority conservative Christians in the US Supreme Court for upholding the rights of corporations to bar women accessing birth control through their health insurance plans, but they’re not stating the entire story. It’s the Catholic church who have lobbied against birth control, not the conservative Christians. So are they implying that Catholics are conservatives/fundamentalists too? I believe couples are responsible when they do family planning through contraception—not abortion, but birth control before the fetus is formed [meaning before conception]. Contrary to what most people think that the Bible is against contraception (and therefore conservative Christians are too), the Bible is actually neutral about it. The Bible has more to say about parenthood and the responsibility of raising godly children, and a parent can’t be responsible or raise godly children if they always show that they are in debt, unable to sustain the family, unable to ensure their children’s education, or take parenthood lightly as they continue to “make” children without accounting for their future.

As for Fox News… THEY ARE NOT THE VOICE OF CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS but maybe in the States they are the loudest. Some of their statements were purposely taken out of context (you can tell from the chopped segments of the video that picked the worst statements to hide the full picture), however, they and other democratic networks like CNN are really good with sensationalizing news (or downplaying facts, whichever works) for their cause. Placing the focus on “personal ideas” about “women voters” rather than discussing “responsible voting” whether by a man or woman, it surely raises controversies and misdirection over what is relevant, and the kind that anti-conservatives love to eat. To anyone, ANYONE, who thinks conservative Christians look down on women (single, married, widowed, whatever status in life), the Bible shows that women deserve equal opportunity and praise for her strengths and achievements: Proverbs 30:30-31, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

And lastly, it is a stretch (to say the least) for this article to call Christian fundamentalists “terrorists”, stating “Contrary to popular opinion, most of the terrorist activity in the U.S. in recent years has not come from Muslims, but from radical Christians, white supremacists, and far-right militia groups.” Does the author even realize what she is talking about? Her article shared numbers of the 10 worst US terror attacks by Christian Fundamentalists… Wisconsin Sikh Temple massacre, Aug 2012 (six people during an attack on a Sikh temple), The Dr. George Tiller Murder, May 2009 (shot five times by female Christian Right terrorist but survived, later shot by anti-abortion terrorist), Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church shooting, July 2008 (Two were killed, while seven others were injured but survived), The Centennial Olympic Park bombing, July 1996 (a blast that killed spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others). A TRUE CHRISTIAN will not resort to these acts, but if you want to compare numbers, here are just a few recorded terrorist attacks by islamic extremists around the world:

  • 2/26/1993, New York, NY. 6 killed, 1040 injured. Islamic terrorists detonate a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring over 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers.
  • 9/11/2001, Washington, DC. 184 killed, 53 injured. Nearly 200 people are killed when Islamic hijackers steer a plane full of people into the Pentagon.
  • 9/11/2001, Shanksville, PA. 40 killed, 0 injured. Forty passengers are killed after Islamic radicals hijack the plane in an attempt to steer it into the U.S. Capitol building.
  • 9/11/2001, New York, NY. 2752 killed, 251 injured. Islamic hijackers steer two planes packed with fuel and passengers into the World Trade Center, killing hundreds on impact and eventually killing thousands when the towers collapsed. At least 200 are seriously injured.
  • 10/3/2002, Montgomery County, MD. 5 killed. Muslim snipers kill three men and two women in separate attacks over a 15-hour period.
  • 4/15/2004, Scottsville, NY. 1 killed, 2 injured. In an honor killing, a Muslim father kills his wife and attacks his two daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been sexually molested.
  • 2/13/2007, Salt Lake City, UT. 5 killed, 4 injured. A Muslim immigrant goes on a shooting rampage at a mall, targeting people buying Valentine’s Day cards at a gift shop and killing five.
  • 11/5/2009, Ft. Hood, TX. 13 killed, 31 injured. A Muslim psychiatrist guns down thirteen unarmed soldiers while yelling praises to Allah.
  • 4/15/2013, Boston, MA. 3 killed, 264 injured. Foreign-born Muslims describing themselves as ‘very religious’ detonate two bombs packed with ball bearings at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and causing several more to lose limbs.
  • September 13, 1993, at least 53 Americans have been murdered and at least another 83 Americans have been injured by Palestinian terrorism. Excluding the September 11 attacks, approximately 700 Americans have been killed and 1,600 wounded in terrorist attacks between 1970 to 2006.
    (http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/American-Victims-Palestinian-Attacks.htm)
  • Iraqi civilian death toll passes 5,500 in wake of Isis offensive (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/iraqi-civilian-death-toll-5500-2014-isis)
  • GENEVA — More than 5,500 people have been killed in Iraq since an offensive by the Islamic State militant group began in June, the United Nations reported… including hundreds of minority Yazidis slaughtered en masse. The report takes particular note of the extremists’ campaign of physical and sexual violence against women and children, with accounts of women being captured and sold as sex slaves to Islamic State recruits, and children being used as soldiers. Those deaths represent more than half of the 9,343 civilians killed in Iraq from January through September, the United Nations said in a report by its Iraq mission and its Geneva human rights office, emphasizing that its figures were “absolute minimums.” The total casualty count for the year so far, including wounded, is at least 26,000.
    (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/world/middleeast/un-reports-at-least-26000-civilian-casualties-in-iraq-conflict-this-year.html)

There is so much more torture of Christians in many Muslim countries going on today, and I can’t discount the fact that persecution of Christians exists even in the U.S. But the bottom line… for the Pope or Kerry-Anne to compare conservative Christians to ISIS, that’s a truly biased opinion based on incomplete facts. One that aims to destroy all true Bible-believing Christians through misinformation.

But Jesus did warn the Christians that in the last days, (Matthew 24:9-11) “…you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” So this build up of hatred of the rest of the world against Christians does not come as a surprise to the faithful, though I cannot deny that the very thought of it is frightening. But not as frightening as becoming an enemy of the Lord facing judgment. It also explains this next verse, Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Many claiming-Christian groups have already embraced a convenient gospel that ensures they can continue a lifestyle similar to the wicked. So if you find yourself believing what most of the world believes is “truth”, think long and hard about what road you seem to be taking.

References:
http://www.gotquestions.org/birth-control.html
http://www.openbible.info/topics/parenting
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2031&version=ESV
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/americanattacks.htm
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/American-Victims-Palestinian-Attacks.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/world/middleeast/un-reports-at-least-26000-civilian-casualties-in-iraq-conflict-this-year.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/iraqi-civilian-death-toll-5500-2014-isis
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/of-the-17891-deaths-from_b_5818082.html

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