Why this post? I got a pingback from If a “COEXIST” bumper sticker can raise a fuss, well … that went into the spam queue. What is If a “COEXIST” bumper sticker can raise a fuss, well … about? Well, John, the author at A View From The Middle (Class), wants us to be more understanding and tolerant. So he spends a few words saying — well here are his words.
This is not meant to condone or excuse the violence and senseless brutality that we’re seeing from some Muslims — note that I said some Muslims — in the Middle East. All that shows is that religious zealotry comes in all forms and fashions, and it needs to be condemned wherever and whenever we see it. It takes cojones to do that, and sometimes it seems as though the ones who do have the cojones are in the minority.
Then, with the rest of his post John then goes on to castigate Christian intolerance. What does John use as his point of departure (see here, here, and here)? He uses something entirely, completely, and wholly fitting, the murder of our fellow Americans, several members of our embassy to Libya.
Here are a few words for John and his tolerant ilk.
John — Perhaps the most difficult thing we can do is to put ourselves in somebody else’s shoes and try to see things from their point of view. Should we try? Yes, but we do not have to agree or ignore the fact that what some people believe is wrong.
What Islam teaches is wrong. Islam teaches it is okay to hate non-Muslims. When it is in the Koran, it is silly to pretend Muslims believe otherwise.
Christianity teaches it is wrong to hate anybody. In fact, the Bible teaches us to forbear with the hatred of others, that vengeance belongs to the Lord. Thus, when someone preaches hatred against Christianity or America, we don’t do much about it. The worse punishments we inflict are ostracism and verbal condemnation. Therefore, in America, we can say the most stupid and insulting things. We allow nothing more than the condemnation of stupid and hateful propaganda.
Unfortunately, the United States has no shortage of stupid and evil people. So we do not have to go far to find anti-Christian and anti-American propaganda. If members of our own mass media cannot find people to spout anti-Christian and anti-American propaganda, they will produce anti-Christian and anti-American propaganda of their own. Unless they produce anti-Islamic propaganda, our media elites need not fear being attacked with rocket-propelled grenades. Instead, if any of their fellow Americans criticize their anti-Christian or anti-American propaganda as trash, these self-styled tolerant folk will use their Christian/American detractors as a source of amusement. They will hold them up on display as hateful human beings.
What is the problem? The problem is a double standard. We Americans want to think of ourselves as the epitome of understanding. So when Anti-Christian and anti-American zealots fire rocket-propelled grenades at us and kill us, we just wonder what we might of done to insult them. After all, what right do we have to hold ignorant, backward, uncivilized Muslims responsible for their behavior? Because we are so smart and powerful, we can only hold brilliant, evil, and sly Americans responsible, particularly those bigoted Christian Americans.
Seriously, when Muslim terrorists have to look for excuse (a silly film nobody ever heard of) to justify killing people, how gullible do you have to be to believe such an excuse? That’s not being understanding. That’s being stupid.
So what did John’s post accomplish? John’s post provides an example of what is wrong the COEXIST bumper sticker. The people who have adopted that bumper sticker promote a distorted view of religious tolerance, that is, we must believe all religious beliefs are equally right and good.