Michael Hamar

Christianists: The Real Force Behind the Mosque Controversy

Filed By Michael Hamar | August 17, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: anti-Islamic bigotry, Christian fundamentalists, freedom of religion, religious based hate

I have already noted on my own blog christianists1.jpgthat part of the insane controversy around the proposed Muslim community center in lower Manhattan is being fueled by the shameless pandering and opportunism of low lifes within the Republican Party like Sarah Palin, the thrice-married Newt Gingrich, Rep. Peter King and many others. These folks would truly sell out their own mothers if they thought it would find them a vote or two more amongst the untethered from reality GOP base.

However, in my view, the real underlying cause of it all is the Christianists' desire to stamp out anyone and any religion that challenges their goal of a quasi-theocratic nation where their sick form of Christianity is allowed to dominate all other religious views.

It is all part and parcel of the "our way or the highway" mentality that seems to be the dominant theme of today's conservative Christians who are just as extreme and just as hate-filled as the Islamic extremists that they claim to condemn. The shirt on the protester outside a mosque in Bridgeport, Connecticut - well away from "Ground Zero" - via the Connecticut Post pretty much sums up this dangerous mentality. Here are highlights from the accompanying story:

About a dozen right-wing Christians, carrying placards and yelling "Islam is a lie," angrily confronted worshippers outside a Fairfield Avenue mosque Friday. "Jesus hates Muslims," they screamed at worshippers arriving at the Masjid An-Noor mosque to prepare for the holy month of Ramadan. One protester shoved a placard at a group of young children leaving the mosque. "Murderers," he shouted.

Police arrived on the scene to separate the groups, but said no arrests were made. Flip Benham, of Dallas, Texas, organizer of the protest, was yelling at the worshipers with a bullhorn. "This is a war in America and we are taking it to the mosques around the country," he said.

Mustafa Salahuddin, an Ansonia police officer and parishioner at the mosque, calmly watched the protesters from the mosque's parking area. "This is unfortunate, but it's a free country," he commented on the protest. "But I believe Jesus would have been appalled by this. We revere Jesus the same way they do."

Behavior like this plays right into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists who are only too happy to claim that America is at war against Islam itself rather than merely terrorists. Do people like those in the photo give a damn that they are aiding our enemies? Likely not. It is, after all, all about them and their beliefs and to Hell with everyone else. Christianity is increasingly becoming something vile. In this form, it most assuredly deserves to die.

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Kathy Padilla | August 17, 2010 2:50 PM

To be fair - it was really started by Pam Geller; who is not Christian. Not that RW xtians haven't jumped right onboard.


Monday, Aug 16, 2010 07:01 ET
How the "ground zero mosque" fear mongering began
A viciously anti-Muslim blogger, the New York Post and the right-wing media machine: How it all went down

How funny, I read the post and was going to leave a link to that article too.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | August 17, 2010 2:53 PM

The intersection of islamophobic racism and homophobic hatred is always occupied by fundamentalist zionists, teabaggers, panderers of both parties and christer theocrats.

Christvestites are vassals of Satan. It is time they were exorcised. Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.

Christianists are behind the no-Mosque-near-Ground-Zero movement? ... Well ... duh!

The movement against the Manhattan mosque is Islamophobia at its purest, although some are trying to wrap that movement in patriotism and the US flag. But most Americans know what patriotism really is, and it isn't working.

And it is obvious that Islamophobia and Christian theocracy go hand-in-hand, because a pre-requisite for being a Christian theocrat is the belief that Christianity is the only correct religion and all others are the work of the Devil.

Obvious historical note, in response to the claim that "Jesus hates Muslims": Jesus of Nazareth said nothing about Islam, since Islam began 600 years after he was gone. However, he had a perfect position in history for criticizing Hinduism and/or Buddhism, and again he said nothing. Instead, he said "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold," (John 10:16) and some think he meant that there are righteous God-seekers in religions other than Judeo-Christianity.

What is it with the religious zealotry? I thought the US was started because we didn't like the denial of religious freedom back in the old country? And now more of the same. Politicians have got to stop fanning these flames or else they'll get burned.

Hate, Judgement, Lack of respect, and advocating death is comming from the religious zealots. What part of the Bible is that in? The U.S.A was founded on religious freedom! Stop the hate! 99% of the Muslims have nothing to do with the Muslim Zealots! Just like 99% of the people in the U.S.A have nothing to do with the religious Zealots here!

You may not categorize all "Christians" as the same lot. I attend a diverse, tolerant, totally "open doors, open minds" United Methodist Church and my friends there think this "mosque" debate is ridiculous. We have invited Islamic center guests for discussion at our church. They were surprised at the invite and apprecciated it very much. We hold an interfaith Poetry of Peace program around 9-11--some memorial aspects, but a chance to share thoughts, words, music from varied perspectives.

But all "Christians" are not of the same mold. Those who understand what being "Christ-like" is...well, they have no problem with the Muslim Center, anywhere.

I lived in NYC around 9-11. Horrific. And the diversity of those faces in the photos posted at the ferry, in Grand Central, Washington Sq. Park was a lesson that we are indeed all equal--in joy, tragedy, and the right to faith or no faith.

Can't we lead the way in instilling more tolerance and understanding? I think of the Civil Rights movement and all that's followed--why can't we learn? And bring about positive change instead of divisive action? I was just saying this morning, what Rose Parks had just gotten OFF the bus? What if others just gave up? Come on, people! Just do it everyday and hang in there! Pax. Peace. Shalom.

I'm really surprised by how this mosque/community center thing has taken over the media. It's such a pointless and dumb local issue. Add to it the fact that these folks would die of whininess if anyone ever said that they couldn't build a Christian church in the US, say, if someone decided that building Christian churches on conquered Native American ground was insensitive.

This drumbeat of hysteria is very scary. It's also remarkably similar to the rhetoric used by those who wish to deny gay people their rights: the same smug use of religion, the suggestion that gays can do what they wish in their bedrooms but why must they "shove it down our throats" or "shove it in our faces." It's the belief that there's some sort of right to never be offended or uncomfortable, and if you are uncomfortqble or upset with someone else's behavior, it's their fault, and their rights be damned.