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Dangers of so-called Christianity

Post by Dreamweaver » 01 Jun 2017, 20:28

First, Greg Gianforte won a special election to Congress as a Montana Republican, even after assaulting a reporter and lying about what happened. His victory has been praised by Trump, while his violence and lying have been, predictably, ignored and thus minimized. Gianforte and his family attend an Evangelical Bible Church in Bozeman. He is a young-earth creationist and biblical literalist.

Second, Dave Daubenmire, an Evangelical Christian with a popular web-cast, said, “The only thing that is going to save Western civilization is a more aggressive, a more violent Christianity.” Obviously, the equating or yoking of Christianity with Western civilization has haunting resonance with Buckley’s 1960 speech. He intensified his call to violence by praising Donald Trump for rudely muscling his way to the front of a photo opportunity with European leaders, saying,

“They’re all little puppies, ain’t nobody barking at him … He’s walking in authority. He walked to the front and center and they all know it, too, man. He just spanked them all…. The Lord is showing us a picture of the authority we should be walking in.”
Daubenmire not only echoed Buckley, but praised Gianforte:
“People are sick and tired of it…. They’re saying, ‘Yes, a fighter! Go, dude, go!’ … Who won? The dude that took the other dude to the ground.”

Like Buckley, he even twisted some Scripture (Mt. 11:12) to bolster his point:
“That should be the heart cry of Christian men…. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of God has suffered violence and violent men take it by force.”

Daubenmire’s glorification of the word “violence,” as any responsible commentary will make clear, reverses the meaning of Matthew 11:12, and it marks one of the most flagrant, blatant calls to violent Christian extremism by a public figure.

Christians are constantly asking Muslims to reject “violent Islamic extremism.” It now remains to be seen how many Christians will speak out against this call to violent Christian extremism.
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Re: Dangers of so-called Christianity

Post by Perrorist » 01 Jun 2017, 21:01

Quite.

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Post by Dreamweaver » 11 Jun 2017, 10:26

What we are seeing is an extremist group using religion to pursue a political purpose.

Political scientist Richard English places the rise of Islamic violent extremism within a global history of terrorism in his book, Does Terrorism Work?

Terrorism he says, is rooted in the idea that at certain times it is considered the most effective way of achieving necessary goals.

It is, he says, a "violent form of politics".

This violent form has operated under many guises.

Between 1868-1871 alone, white-hooded bible-wielding terrorists killed 20,000 African Americans. They were called the Ku Klux Klan.

Between 1931 and 1948 the Irgun, a Zionist paramilitary organisation, operated in Mandate Palestine. Its campaign of insurgent violence expedited British withdrawal from the region.

Spear of the Nation, an armed wing of the African National Congress, led by Nelson Mandela pursued majority black rights in South Africa.

A group of Welsh separatists, the Free Wales Army, used violence in a failed attempt to achieve independent statehood.

From Sri Lanka to Ireland to Greece, militant groups have used ideology and violent tactics to achieve their aims.

As England points out, ultimately most fail and progress, when it does come, follows an end of hostilities.

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Post by terra » 11 Jun 2017, 11:13

.......and here in Oz, we have the "Exclusive Brethren".
What a terrible mob they are...... hiding under the so called guise of a god.

Here in my local area, we have two separate businesses both owned, run and operated by only Exclusive Brethren people.
Outwardly, they appear to be friendly and courteous folk but that's just a front.
The majority of people that I know, do not shop there.... neither do I.
One of the weird things they do is, when buying a new car from local dealership, they insist that the car radio/entertainment system is removed before accepting delivery of the new car or van.
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Post by Dreamweaver » 19 Jul 2017, 20:30

It doesn't have to be due to a mob mentality - individuals can be examples too. Like the Christian father who murdered his daughter because she had a Muslim boy friend.
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Post by Trishia » 21 Jul 2017, 11:05

How depressing this all is, to say the least!
It shows that EXTREMISM in ANY belief is DANGEROUS!
Where do we go from here?????
Who do we trust????
As I said before, it's all too depressing.
I am just going to enjoy life the best way I can, and to HELL with all of them [extremists]

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Post by Dreamweaver » 21 Jul 2017, 11:12

Good news doesn't get much of an airing in the media, does it. There is so much of it about, but we don't come across it, we don't realise how prevalent it is. When any of us hear some we could spread the word by putting it in our 'Good News' section! :happy-sunshine:
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Post by grandduke » 21 Jul 2017, 12:00

But the extremists are very few but dictating to the many Trishia.
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Post by Trishia » 22 Jul 2017, 14:10

Quite so grandduke, and I think it's time people thought for themselves, instead of jumping to attention every time some so called expert or conservative speaks.
There is sooo much Rubbish taught with religion, always has been.
Quite frankly, it's been the curse of the human race.

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Re: Dangers of so-called Christianity

Post by mavisbramston » 23 Jul 2017, 08:45

An outstanding thread Tricia Nothing much to add except we have all become too precious with too much tip toeing when discussing religion Brilliant posts everyone

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