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6.05.2006    |    "all religions have their extremists"
The headline on this WaPo article concerning the foiled terror plot in Canada reads:
Arrests Shake Image of Harmony
Muslims in Canada Brace for a Backlash After Foiled Bomb Plot
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The article focuses on how those poor, misunderstood and mistreated muslims are, somehow, being blamed for having jihadis in their midst. The usual apologists for bad behavior are making their usual excuses.

Among the worst of these excuses is along the lines, "everyone does it." This lame excuse is used by many, many miscreants, from those who cheat on their income taxes to those who rape, rob, and steal. And, of course, those whose religion is a natural fit for violence against innocents. From the WaPo article:
...some Muslims say the arrests are bound to increase suspicion and discrimination against them.

"A backlash is a given," said Fatima Rakie, 24, a Canadian-born woman of Lebanese descent who wears traditional black robes and a Muslim hijab , or head scarf. "People are aggravated with us already. They will think all Muslims are extremists. But all religions have their extremists."
Yes, Fatima, baby. People are "aggravated" with you already. Could it have something to do with the tens of thousands of deaths, worldwide, caused by those who kill in the name of Allah?

It is certainly true that all "religions have their extremists." But -- and a big "but" it is -- Jews and Christians don't kill innocent men, women and children in the name of God. The worst self-proclaimed Christian group that comes to mind is the Westboro Baptist [sic] Church (WBC) of Topeka, Kansas. These morons go about protesting the funerals of those of our fighting men who have given their lives for their country.

And, I suppose, some might label Pat Robertson an extremist. There are others, of course. But here's the difference: none of these Christian "extremists" go about blowing up innocents. Phelps and his moronic "Baptists" (I'm a Baptist; these people are too hate-filled to qualify...) do heinous things, but never with violence. And Rev. Pat sometimes engages his mouth before his brain has had a chance to work.

Islam is a religion of violence. Christianity is a religion of peace. It's as simple as that. And if the muslim community in Canada or the United States wishes to avoid a "backlash", then perhaps they should police their own -- do a little "frontlashing."

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

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