Radical Religious Fundamentalists are a Threat to Freedom and Democracy. Christian Fundamentalists are no exception.

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The Pope gave liberals an early Christmas Present this week, on a flight back from Turkey…by drawing a parallel between Christian Fundamentalists and Islamic terror groups such as ISIS.
When a journalist attempted to draw the Pope into yet another condemnation of the world’s 2 billion Muslims on the basis of the actions of a few thousand – the pontiff dropped a logic bomb.

“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,” Pope Francis said.

With this succinct, unapologetic statement – Pope Francis has said what many of us, religious and not, have been quietly thinking for some time: Christian and Muslim fundamentalists have far more in common with each other than the rest of us.
 
Was it US Muslims or Christians that lobbied against legislation outlawing spousal rape? Answer: Christians.

Virginia Republican Richard Black argued against such legislation in January 2014, stating that a woman could not be raped by her husband because she had already given consent through marriage.
 
Was it Muslims or Christians that used the state’s legal system to allow corporations to remove female workers’ control over their own reproductive health?  Answer: Christians.
 
 
Was it a Christian or Muslim legislator who argued a woman could only get pregnant through consensual sex?  Answer: The US Republican Party. 
 
In 2012, Missouri Republican Todd Akin drew ire around the world for this comment:
“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Was it a Christian or Muslim fundamentalist news channel  that put women on air to advise other women not to vote? Answer: Christian.

Fox News does this regularly, as in this October 2013 discussion of how married women tend to vote Republican and single women tend to vote Democratic:

“It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it! They’re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, healthcare. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.”

 Ok, so maybe there’s a parallel with women…but then there’s the violence. Christian fundamentalists aren’t terrorists are they? Answer: Yes they are.
 
Contrary to popular opinion, most of the terrorist activity in the U.S. in recent years has not come from Muslims, but from radical Christians, white supremacists, and far-right militia groups.  Our friends at Alternet prepared an astonishing list of the 10 worst US terror attacks by Christian Fundamentalists which included:  here

Gary:  The worst terrorist attacks in the United States (9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombings) were carried out by fundamentalist Muslims, but it is true, Christian fundamentalists have carried out targeted assassinations in this country which qualify as acts of terror.  Regardless of your views on abortion, killing an abortion provider is murder.

The overwhelming majority of Christian fundamentalists are NOT terrorists, just as the majority of fundamentalist Muslims are not terrorists.  They are good, law-abiding, kind people.  But it is the mentality shared by both Muslim and Christian fundamentalists that is the danger:  “If my God and my Holy Book say that killing is justified, it is justified.”

A fundamentalist Christian would never condone the targeted slaughter of children today in the name of the Christian god, but these same people will excuse the exact same barbaric behavior committed by the Christian god as described in the first half of their holy book.  The targeted slaughter of children is NEVER justified.  Never.

This is the danger of fundamentalism.

Religious fundamentalism causes sane people to commit insane acts.  This is why all freedom-loving Americans must resist both the Islamization and the Christianization of our country.  Keep religion, all religions, in their place.  Support the complete separation of Church (Religion) and State.

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