2007 November 10 Saturday
Christian Conservative Leaders Critical Of Islam

Gary Bauer wants to make Islamofascism into a political issue in the 2008 election.

'The war against Islamofascism is in many respects a 'values issue,''' Bauer wrote. ''That may seem like an odd statement at first glance, but, as I have often said, losing Western Civilization to this vicious enemy would be immoral.''

I'm disappointed that Gary Bauer would use the term "Islamofascism". Islam predates Fascism by over a thousand years. Islam doesn't need concatenation with a 20th century political ideology in order to be properly understood. In fact, attempts to equate a branch of Islam with fascist confuses the issue. The term "Islamofascism" tends to imply something other than Islam itself is the cause of terrorism and the clash of civilizations. That conclusion seems dubious to me. The Jihadists are Muslim fundamentalists. They seek to resurrect the use of all the tactics which Muhammad used in his initial spread of Islam. They are textual literalists.

Some Christian conservatives do see at least a portion of Islam as an enemy of Christianity.

'From one perspective, branding ''radical Islam'' as a family values issue is yet another example of the broadening of the evangelical agenda. But next November, it also could energize one of the Republican Party's key voting blocs, much like anti-gay marriage measures did in 2004.

''It's the ultimate life issue,'' said Rick Scarborough, president of the Texas-based conservative Christian group Vision America. ''If radical Islam succeeds in its ultimate goals, Christianity ceases to exist.''

Note the term "radical Islam". How about "fundamentalist Islam"? Aren't the Jihadists really returning to the roots of Islam where it was spread by military force?

But regardless of how they label the (mostly demographic) threat from Islam what do the Christian conservatives propose to actually do about it? This article mentions nothing constructive coming from them.

So what kind of solutions do Christian conservative leaders propose for battling what they see as a real threat?

One is staying in Iraq. More than 40 conservative leaders, most of them social conservatives, signed a declaration in September warning against the "catastrophic" consequences of withdrawing from Iraq. The statement said the war "must be seen in the broader context of Islamo-fascism's war on America and Western Civilization."

The biggest threat for the West from Islam is demographic. We can only lose that battle of the womb if we let Muslims move to our countries. Keep the Muslims out and the threat is minimal. Therefore, if social conservative or Christian conservative leaders want to sign a declaration that is constructive they would sign one that calls for the end of Muslim immigration into the West.

Back in December 2001 Billy Graham's son Franklin labelled Islam itself as the problem.

Evangelist Franklin Graham has been drawing fire for controversial comments he made about Islam, which he said is "wicked, violent and not of the same God." Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, reportedly made the comments in October, said NBC News. The younger Graham said Islam is not "this wonderful, peaceful religion. When you read the Qur'an and you read the verses from the Qur'an, it instructs the killing of the infidel for those who are non-Muslim."

Franklin Graham then toned down his rhetoric in response to a lot of criticism. Still, at least briefly he was honest.

Back in late 2001 and 2002 a lot of conservative Christian leaders were more frank in their appraisals of Islam.

Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, said to the 40 leaders attending today, ''Since we are in a global community, no doubt about it, we must temper our speech and we must communicate primarily through actions.''

It has been more than a year since major evangelical leaders, like the Rev. Franklin Graham, the Rev. Jerry Falwell and the Rev. Jerry Vines, past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, began publicly branding Islam, or Islam's prophet Muhammad, as inherently evil and violent.

Mr. Graham, son of the evangelist Billy Graham and head of a global missions agency, Samaritan's Purse, said last year that Islam was ''a very evil and wicked religion.'' Mr. Vines described Muhammad as ''a demon-possessed pedophile.''

Will these Christian leaders start advocating policies that provide us with real protection against Muslims?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 November 10 10:52 PM  Civilizations Clash Of


Comments
John S Bolton said at November 11, 2007 12:54 AM:

Not likely, since assertion of sovereignty through a more discriminating immigration policy would to them look like the exalting of nation and patriotic values above churchly ones. My suggested term, as a replacement for Islamic fundamentalist, jihadist, Islamist and Islamo-fascist is:
Islamopurist.
This would fit with what they're trying to do, be more purely Islamic, even if it means breaking their military capabilities on a doomed war of religion against infidels of hugely superior power. As in the Greek language having a modern and a puristic form, the Islamopurist is concerned with even the minute details of conformity to his tradition.
The Christian counterpart would be literalist or perhaps patristic.

tommy said at November 11, 2007 1:44 AM:
Will these Christian leaders start advocating policies that provide us with real protection against Muslims?

I doubt it. These televangelist types always make lining their pockets and increasing their fan-base first priority. It behooves them to import more gullible, desperate, low IQ individuals into our country who can be "saved" by making donations to their organizations, buying their books, tuning in to their television and radio programs, going on pricey tourist excursions to the Holy Land, voting for their endorsed candidates, etc.

I like many Christians but these rabid politichristians like Pat Robertson, Gary Bauer, John Hagee, and James Dobson are first class dirtbags.

My term for Islamofascism? Islam.

Half Sigma said at November 12, 2007 2:56 PM:

I agree that "facism" implies a charismatic leader. The Islamic threat involves a non-hierarchal group of religious leaders.


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