Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm a Radical Christian

This is craziness. On ABC's The View, Rosie O'Donnel said, "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam." What's even more sick is her studio audience applauded loudly at her statement. I've never been more glad that I don't own a TV, if this is the kind of crap that's out there.

MSN has interesting coverage and a follow up discussion, with a panel that includes two female "media analysts" who defend Rosie and one white male Republican trying to help people understand how utterly ridiculous this is. Left wing extremists like Rosie are equating "radical" Christians with terrorists who deliberately target civilians and who would kill us all given the opportunity.

In the discussion, the two female analysts defined radical christians first as isolated individuals that would blow up an abortion clinic, but then they expanded the definition to include people who hold up signs with offensive slogans, then included people who don't believe in widespread distribution of condoms. It's a good thing the discussion was short or they would have had two thirds of the country described as radical Christians.

I happen to be what they would call a radical Christian. No, I haven't blown up any abortuaries lately, but I believe in Jesus Christ and that in itself is radical. Canadians will remember how the mainstream media tore up Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day several years ago, calling him scary because he believed in creation. But it doesn't matter where you are, if you press a secularist left winger, they will have to tell you that believing that God created the world, lived among us in the person of Jesus, then died and rose again is totally radical and contrary to everything they believe. Catholics who believe that God makes himself present in the Eucharist, must be just plain nuts to them.

I think its fair to say, Christ himself was a radical. He basically said as much:
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law." Luke12:51-53

It's OK that crazies like Rosie O'Donnell think that we're extreme. I have a similar opinion of her. The real insanity is that she and others could try to make a link between murderous Islamic terrorists and those Christians who merely disagree with mainstream public opinion on some issues. That Ms. O'Donnell would make the link is intolerant, offensive, and has no value in a civil discussion.

ABC should take away her soap box.

PS. If this seems a bit contrary to my recent post on free speech, it's not. Rosie has every right to her opinions no matter how deluded, however, she's not adding anything useful to public debate there's no reason for her to have a rant on a major televison network. Maybe she should try blogging instead; It's easy.


SUZANNE said...

Hi Patrick

Sorry to do this this way.

Could you please email me?

God Bless.

Patrick O'Neil said...

Done, I think. If you didn't get it, let me know. I prefer not to put my email address online. I get enough junk mail already.

Anonymous said...

I'm a catholic but in no way radical. Although Rosi has offened me with her comments on Catholicism, Radical christians should become less focused on spreading hate and instead focus on spreading love and forgiveness which is the real message of the life of Jesus Christ. And please don't foeget that most White Supremacist Groups, who only understand hate and violence, base their ideology on Radical Christian thought.

Patrick O'Neil said...

Dear Anonymous, Thank's so much for leaving your comment.

I agree completely that anyone who calls themselves Christian should always focus on the love and forgiveness that Christ offers.

My point was simply that Rosie and those like her marginalize all Christians when they make unfair comparisons to homicidal terrorists.

Lastly, although I have absolutely no authority on this. My impression is that White Supremesist Groups and the like have an ideology based on fear, that has nothing to do with any genuine form of Christianity.