Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Christian Taliban

Let me start out by saying that I think the vast majority of Christians in this country are good, reasonable people. What's alarming, however, is the steady drumbeat of the fringe that is getting louder and louder.

Take for example, this report from Media Matters, describing an interview of Gary DeMar, conservative author and president of American Vision, on the so-called American Family Radio: DeMar advocates for the installation of a Christian Theocracy-style government. In a 1991 interview, DeMar explains, "The definition of Christian Reconstruction is simply this: The Bible applies to every facet of life. That means not just the judicial aspects of life, such as civil government, church government, but business, economics -- every facet of society. The Bible has something to say about each area. "

Indeed, for those who do not follow this Christianized Sharia law, the penalty is steep: DeMar writes, "The law that requires the death penalty for homosexual acts effectually drives the perversion of homosexuality back into the closet... The long term goal [is] the execution of abortionists and parents who hire them. If we argue that abortion is murder, then we must call for the death penalty." Essentially, DeMar and others like him are calling for a Christian version of the Taliban regime, or something along the line of an Iranian-style (but Christian) future for America.

This is insanity. With all the rhetoric from the White House about trying to bring freedom and democracy to the Middle East, the reality is that radicals are trying to bring theocratic fundamentalism to the US. God and Allah help us all.


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