Blowhard, Esq. writes:
Because in the wake of Islamic terrorism nothing is more important than fending off Islamophobia, the experts at ThinkProgress would like to remind us that ISIS aren’t really Muslims:
Indeed, even from the viewpoint of a casual observer, ISIS is an abomination to Islam. Explosions tend to capture the media’s attention more than peaceful coexistence, and a minuscule minority of extremist groups claiming to be Islamic have exploited this fact as a way to reinvent Islam as a “violent” religion. But just because you shout God’s name while committing murder doesn’t make your actions righteous. Islam, as millions of Muslims can attest, is a peaceful religion that calls on its followers to choose community over conflict, or, as it says in Surah al-Hujurat of the Qur’an(49:13): “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise [each other]).”
The next time the Phelps clan says something mean about gay people, I’m looking forward to ThinkProgress publishing “Why the WBC Is Not, In Fact, Christian”:
Indeed, even from the viewpoint of a casual observer, the Westboro Baptist Church is an abomination to Christianity. Hateful words tend to capture the media’s attention more than peaceful coexistence, and a minuscule minority of extremist groups claiming to be Christian have exploited this fact as a way to reinvent Christianity as an “intolerant” religion. But just because you shout God’s name while protesting funerals doesn’t make your actions righteous. Christianity, as millions of Christians can attest, is a peaceful religion that calls on its followers to choose community over conflict, or, as it says in the Gospel According to Luke of the New Testament(Luke 6:27-28): “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
Going to hold my breath waiting for that.
Later in the article they add:
Granted, it’s always a tricky business decrying a religious tradition that is not your own.
As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing wrong with “decrying” a religious tradition. Every major religion has, at some point in its history, committed a horrible action or atrocity for which it deserves blame. But it’s the height of arrogance to tell, as ThinkProgress has done, the people of a faith of which one is not a member that the believers don’t believe what they claim to believe. It’s something progressives do to the religious all the time. During the gay marriage debates, I saw atheist progressives — people who have no skin in the game when it comes to the Bible, possess virtually zero knowledge of Biblical exegesis, who are outright hostile to all religion and Christianity in particular — tell Christians what Leviticus “really” meant.
Hey proggies: the religious get to interpret their religious texts and define their theology however they wish. You don’t get to define their beliefs for them. If ISIS claims that the Koran demands violent jihad, how about we quit the handwringing and take them at their word.