In comparing the harshest moments of the historical crusades Rosie's point would have still been amiss, but notice she specified the type of Christianity she considers dangerous, the kind of Christianity that we have in America.
Pardon me for brushing aside a lot of speculation and get straight to the issue, Rosie hates evangelicals. The kinds of Christians that scare her most are the radical ones. Roughly translated that means - the ones who actually live by what they believe.
Herein is part of the difference between the ignorant Muslim-rent-a-mobs that objected to the Pope and O'Donnell. Muslims lie about what they believe. But if you look carefully enough - or just ask any Islamic scholar who will tell you the truth - the Koran advocates the killing of the infidels. And in Islam's case - that includes anyone who doesn't convert to Islam.
Rosie refuses to recognize that Muslims whose doctrine calls for them to kill us are attempting to do just that, while at the same time evangelical Christians share a theology that speaks to the need for grace to those who are in danger, and mercy for those who repent. There are thousands of Christian pastors who even this day are prepared to launch their congregations into tremendous acts of compassion for those needing emergency help and care. Juan Williams, an NPR liberal, detailed as much to me this week as well as in his new book Enough, in the immediate aftermath of Katrina.
But the easy comparisons aside Rosie's statement says much more about her own belief system.
It tells us for example that she doesn't have a relationship with God. She has no discernment between the exclusive claims of the God of the Bible and Allah of the Koran. More importantly she doesn't care to have one, so anything that God may have to say about her life, how she should live, and what is best for her becomes increasingly irrelevant.
It also tells us that she knows nothing of history or the formation of Islam itself. The fact that Mohammed was a jealous soul who sought to have a larger following than some of his contemporaries who spoke of Jesus is important in its context. The fact that Mohammed had to in essence create his own God to compete with the "God of the book" and the "people of the book," demonstrates the man-made-ness of Islam as opposed to the claims of divine origin for Jews and Christians. But this too is lost on Rosie.
Finally Rosie’s statement also reveals a deep seated anger against a group of people that believe in moral absolutes. The idea of an objective source by which we can understand the difference in right and wrong is a concept that people like Rosie run from. It scares them, and the only way they can respond is in emotional anger to reality that they can not change.
In the world Rosie would like to live in, she wishes there would be no evil. In acknowledging that there is as much, she is also admitting to a greater moral structure that she must measure herself by each day, and in that she falls short - as do we all.
Rosie lives the way mankind always has when they reject God. They convince themselves that if no one gets hurt by what they do - then there is no such thing as right or wrong. So secrets are made, deeds are engaged in, and illicit sin holds a sway over their lives to the point where boldness begins to be craved.
Convinced over a long enough period of time that the deeds they know to be wrong will not harm them, they wish to force the rest of society to agree with them. The most important object in their way becomes the voices of those who would remind them that what they are doing is not good for them. And their most important goal becomes to equivocate or eliminate those voices.
Rosie is angry with radical Christians, because radical Christians know a peace and resolve about their life that she has yet to find. She believes "radical Christianity" is dangerous because she views it as something that will limit her ability to do what she wishes.
What she doesn't understand is the incredible freedom she would find in embracing it.
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