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Religion and Peace

While recently speaking to an new online acquaintance, I began to realize she is a fanatical, hardcore, devoted-to-George, member of the 29%. Among her talking points – culled, no doubt, from Fox News and Michelle Malkin – was “Islam is not a religion of peace! Look at what Muslims do and have done over centuries!”

Which got me thinking….

If a small minority of Christians worldwide, over the centuries, have used and encouraged violence against others in fights for land or natural resources or power or simply to prove theirs was the better god… wouldn’t that mean Christianity is not a religion of peace?

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

New York Times:

An Indonesian court jailed 17 Christians for up to 14 years on Thursday under anti-terrorism laws for the murder of two Muslims.

[snip]

The three were convicted of leading a group that killed hundreds of Muslims at a boarding school during inter-religious violence in Poso in 2000.

Judges at the South Jakarta court found the 17 defendants guilty of “acts of terrorism by the use violence.”

They will know we are Christians by our love

Anti-Defamation League:

Since the summer of 2005 the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), led by Fred Phelps, has been picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, with placards reading “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Thank God for IEDs [improvised explosive devices],” while shouting epithets at grieving parents. Phelps believes that the soldiers represent a nation tolerant of homosexuality, and their deaths are God’s direct punishment for their sins.

We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

Catholic World News: {May 5, 2004}

About 300 Muslims were killed last Sunday by a Christian militia in Nigeria’s central Plateau state, according to Muslim leaders and local authorities. The killings are part of escalating interreligious violence that has taken the lives of at 700 people over the last three months.

The Christian Tarok tribe and Muslim Fulani tribe have historically clashed over rich farmland in the region, and ethnic and religious divisions in the African country have fuelled the fighting.

They will know we are Christians by our love

PublicEye.org:

A day after the Oklahoma City bombing, Christian Patriots gathered at the International Coalition of Covenant Congregations Conference held at the Lodge of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. The conference featured leading figures in the Identity movement, including Pete Peters and Larry Pratt. Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, spoke on the “Biblical Mandate to Arm.”

One of the 550 attendees told Freedom Writer, “I mingled with a lot of people there, and there was not a shred of sympathy for what happened in Oklahoma.” “This is just the beginning,” another person added.

Asked about the innocent children killed in the blast, many of the participants echoed the same response: “What about all the unborn babies killed at abortion clinics?”

[snip]

With 50,000 or more members, operating in more than 30 states, approximately 85% of the militias are comprised of Christian Patriots — though not necessarily Identity Christians. Most Christians, of course, abhor violence, and very few would attempt to justify what happened in Oklahoma City. Still, it is a fact that the militia movement is largely a movement of those calling themselves Christians.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

Wikipedia:

The Crusades were a series of military conflicts of a religious character waged by Christians during 1095–1291, most of which were sanctioned by the Pope in the name of Christendom.[1] The Crusades had the goal of recapturing Jerusalem and the sacred “Holy Land” from Muslim rule and were originally launched in response to a call from the Eastern Orthodox Byzantine Empire for help against the expansion of the Muslim Seljuq dynasty into Anatolia.[2][3]

They will know we are Christians by our love

www.law.umkc.edu:

From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging. Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft. Dozens languished in jail for months without trials. Then, almost as soon as it had begun, the hysteria that swept through Puritan Massachusetts ended.

By our love, by our love

July 26, 2007 - Posted by | America, Christianity, Religion, Whacko Nut Cases

4 Comments »

  1. Ironic isn’t it – organized religion, the big three in particular – those fanatics responsible for much of the violence on the planet. The other motivator for violence is greed and lust for power and domination. Beliefs that drive people to kill others are the scruge of mankind.

    Comment by proudprogressive | July 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. Ironic, and just plain pathetic. Worse yet, none of them is willing to take responsibility for the atrocies committed by its members and condoned by its leaders.

    Comment by PA_Lady | July 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. Would love to get anyone’s opinion of “Dangerous Radicals of the Religious Right” which I found on Yahoo. Bruce

    Comment by Bruce Rockwell | August 21, 2007 | Reply

  4. Bruce: Are you talking about the list of quotations by famous Americans using that title, or something else?

    The list is a nice exercise in quoting someone out of context to create the impression they believed in the exact opposite of that for which they were known. Lots of Jefferson quotes, but Jefferson was a confirmed Deist — as was Adams, Franklin, and many others of the Founding Fathers.

    Comment by PA_Lady | August 21, 2007 | Reply


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