Christian Fanatics, Christian Jihad !

The Norwegian killer was a Christian fanatic, and the Norway massacre can show us how dangerous are the Christian Fanatics. Frank Schaeffer, in Christian Jihad? Why We Should Worry About Right-Wing Terror Attacks Like Norway’s in the US writes about the religious fanatics, especially Christian fanatics in the US. It has some important and good points (beside some weak points). Here are excerpts of the good points of his article:

“A Far Right Roman Catholic ideologue even wrote a book calling on Christians, Jews, and Muslims to join together in a jihad against the secular West [!]. In “Ecumenical Jihad: Ecumenism and the Culture War” a former friend of mine, Peter Kreeft (a professor of philosophy at Boston College), called for “ecumenical jihad” … His book was based on the fact that many believers in Roman Catholicism, Evangelical Protestantism, and Islam rejected the s-e-x-u-al revolution of the 1960s. Hom-o-s-e-x-u-a-lity is out, s-e-x education is evil, and so on . Kreeft called on all believers to unite to overthrow “secularism” in the same anti-secular spirit that Robert George channeled a few years later when trying to undermine the Obama administration through his brainchild, the “Manhattan Declaration.” Kreeft called for an “alliance” of fundamentalist Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims to prosecute a culture war against what he viewed as the Western cultural elite . Ecumenical Jihad was dedicated to Richard John Neuhaus, the late Roman Catholic convert priest, and to Charles Colson (who later teamed up with George to author the “Manhattan Declaration”). The groups Kreeft, Colson, and Neuhaus had in mind to “bring together” in an ecumenical jihad were alienated Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, and conservative Roman Catholics, to which Kreeft added Muslims. These groups did not share each other’s theology, but they had a deeper link: anger at the “victimhood” imposed on them by modernity. Kreeft and Neuhaus were calling abortion murder. Thus, the logic of their argument was that of my father’s, too: The U.S. government was enabling murder and was thus disparaged as a “regime,” even a “counterfeit state,” that needed to be overthrown. George and Colson and the others who wrote and then signed the “Manhattan Declaration” also called for fundamentalists to unite if need be for civil disobedience to stop the U.S. government from passing laws that did not comply with their religious “values” and/or to undermine those laws if they were enacted. So if the U.S. government legalized gay marriage and thus “compelled” all Americans to recognize gay men and women’s civil rights, the government need no longer be obeyed when those laws affected religious people who disagreed with them. … What we fear most from Islamist terrorists will be unleashed here as it was in Norway. Terror is on the way on the way from our very own Christian and/or Libertarian “Tea Party” type activists inspired by right wing “Christian” intellectuals and political leaders like Bachmann.”

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“In my book, I predicted such an action [Norwegian Massacre]. I predicted that right wing Christians will unleash terror here in America too. I predict that they will copy Islamic extremists, and may eventually even make common cause with them. There is a growing movement in America that equates godliness with hatred of our government in fact hatred of our country as fallen and evil because we allow women choice, gays to marry, have a social safety net, and allow immigration from other cultures and non-white races … The Norwegian killer wrote: “Today’s Protestant church is a joke … Priests in jeans who march for Palestine and churches that look like minimalist shopping centres. I am a supporter of an indirect collective conversion of the Protestant church back to the Catholic.” It seems Breivik longed for a “pure” and ultra conservative religion. He was a man of religious conviction, no liberals with their jeans need apply! Liberals beware. Norway is just a first taste of what will happen here on a larger scale . There is a history to the far right, religious right extremism on the rise today, extremism so extreme that in its congressional manifestation it is risking the good faith and credit of the US in the debt calling fiasco. The Tea Party activists also want purity of doctrine. … Call this the ultimate “Tea Party” type “answer” to secularism, modernity, and above all our hated government. Call this the Christian Brotherhood. From far right congress people, to far right gun-toting terror in Norway and here at home, our own Western version of the Taliban is on the rise Foreigners, visitors from another planet and Americans living in a bubble of reasonable or educated people might not know this but the reality is that the debt ceiling confrontation is by, for and the result of America’s evangelical Christian control of the Republican Party

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“The Republican Party is now the party of religious fanatics and that these fanatics -people like Michele Bachmann- don’t want to work within our system, they want to bring it down along the lines of so-called Christian “Reconstruction.” The Religious Right/Far Right et al. favored private “facts,” too. They claimed that global warming wasn’t real . They asserted this because scientists (those same agents of Satan who insisted that evolution was real ) were the ones who said human actions were changing the climate. Worse, the government said so, too! “Global warming is a left-wing plot to take away our freedom!” … the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party is about to do to us in forcing a default on our loans, and thus destroying the US economy in a way bin Laden could only have dreamed of doing. … Non-Evangelicals with far right agendas like Robert George have cashed in on the Evangelicals’ like Bachmann’s willingness to lend their numbers and influence to one “moral” anti-American crusade after another, or rather I should say, to one political crusade after another masquerading as moral crusades. For instance, conservative Roman Catholic Princeton University Professor of Jurisprudence Robert George is an antiabortion, anti-Obama, anti-gay-rights, and anti-stem-cell-research “pro-family” activist, and he has found ways to effectively carry on the far right Reconstructionist agenda while denying any formal connection to it and taking the intellectual high road. Take George’s brainchild: the “Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience .” This was published in 2009 as an anti-Obama manifesto, and many far right Evangelical leaders signed on. The “Manhattan Declaration” reads: “We will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act … nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral s-e-x-u-al partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent , or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family.”

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“Here’s how the New York Times introduced him to its readers: “[Robert George] has parlayed a 13th-century Catholic philosophy [the natural law theory] into real political influence. Glenn Beck, the Fox News talker and a big George fan, likes to introduce him as “one of the biggest brains in America,” or, on one broadcast, “Superman of the Earth.” Karl Rove told me he considers George a rising star on the right and a leading voice in persuading President George W. Bush to restrict embryonic stem-cell research. … Newt Gingrich called him “an important and growing influence” on the conservative movement, especially on matters like abortion and marriage . “If there really is a vast right-wing conspiracy,” the conservative Catholic journal Crisis concluded a few years ago, “its leaders probably meet in George’s kitchen.”” … In other words, when the Right lost in the democratic process, “other means” to undermine the law were encouraged. This is the language of revolution, not democracy. … The extreme language of Evangelical/”pro-life” rebellion has now been repackaged in the debt ceiling showdown … In March 2010 the so-called Hutaree Militia, a right-wing, biblically inspired fundamentalist group, was alleged to have hatched a plot to kill police officers. Members of this outfit had planned attacks on police officers as a way of acting out their hatred for the government as well as a way to launch the civil chaos “predicted” in so-called End Times biblical prophecies . The day the plotters were arrested, I checked their online homepage. Here’s what I found as their mission statement : “As Christians we all are a part of the Souls of the Body of Christ, the one true church of Christ … This is the belief of the Hutaree soldier, as should the belief of all followers in Christ be.” Following the election of our first black president, the “politics” of the Evangelical, Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Mormon Far Right was not the politics of a loyal opposition, but rather the instigation of revolution

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