“I am not going to pretend that I am a policy wonk,” Franciscan Friar Jason Welle conceded in Lafayette Square before the White House on February 17, 1014, during a protest against illegal immigrant deportations. Welle’s admission of ignorance while questioned on American immigration policy highlighted the protestors’ flawed understanding of God’s infallible Word and mankind’s fallible judgment.
Persecution of Christians is the “premier human rights issue of the early 21st century, as well as the most untold story about global Christianity in our time,” Boston Globe reporter John Allen stated in prepared remarks on February 11, 2014. Addressing a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing, Allen and other panelists ominously delineated Christianity’s threatened state around the world.
“Courage Muslim Brothers/You do not walk alone/We will walk with you/And sing your spirit home,” sang demonstrators inside a National Museum of American History atrium during a January 11, 2014, protest calling for closure of Guantanamo Bay’s terrorist detention facility. The demonstration displayed an inverted morality naively proclaiming terrorist detainees innocent while condemning American national defense measures at Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO).
“[Y]ou picked two great topics” to write about, a person once emailed me, namely an age-old “biggest threat to the Western world” in “Islamism,” and the “waste of time” in the United States’ “obsession on the gay marriage issue.” Contrary to my correspondent’s libertarian sentiments on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues, though, LGBT and sharia agendas are displaying surprisingly similar totalitarian tendencies.
“My freedom, your slavery” was how Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy described the conflict between individual conservative religious liberty and increasingly strident liberal social demands. Speaking at the leftwing Center for American Progress (CAP) on December 12, 2013, Gaddy and his fellow panelists displayed modern American liberalism’s skewed quasi-Orwellian understanding of religious rights and personal behavior.
The “more strongly you are committed to your faith,” emerging church leader Brian McLaren stated at Georgetown University on November 21, 2013, the “more tolerant and compassionate you are.” McLaren’s equivalency among all faiths fit perfectly into the conference “Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities,” a day-long, one-sided presentation of Islam as a pacific faith unjustly maligned by Christians and others.
“You are a sushi,” Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Faith and Communities, recounted friends describing her mixed Sunni-Shia Pakistani-Muslim ancestry during a November 15, 2013, Washington, DC, address. Warsi’s delectable presentation of her Muslim heritage, however, was part of a junk food understanding of different belief systems having no irreconcilable differences hindering harmony, all past and present evidence notwithstanding.
This last article in the examination of ReconcilingWorks (RW, Parts I and II available here) analyzes RW’s denial of sexual and lifestyle norms interrelated with RW’s denial of natural genders and their significance. These Lutheran heretics reject standards of family formation within the natural institution of marriage and sexual propriety, once again irrespective of consequences. RW’s baleful influence in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) calls into question whether any committed Christian can in good conscience remain in the ELCA.
A vain desire to eliminate all distinctions among genders and their various homosexual and heterosexual acts featured prominently at pro-homosexual events during the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) 2013 Churchwide Assembly. The revisionist worship at which ELCA’s first openly homosexual bishop, Guy Erwin, gave the sermon, previously examined by me at Juicy Ecumenism, was merely the climax in a series of events hosted at the assembly by the Lutheran pro-homosexual group ReconcilingWorks. While the group’s website hailed that the assembly events including Erwin’s presence would “make history,” objective observation of ReconcilingWorks’ presence at the assembly in Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center reveals a deeply disturbing agenda.
Having already achieved notoriety with a ludicrously superficial comparison of George Washington with Islam’s prophet Muhammad (analyzed by me here), Huffington Post blogger and PhD candidate Craig Considine has returned with more delusional thoughts on Islam. Considine’s latest Huffington Post entry attempts to present the Islamic doctrine of jihad not as a violent threat to Christians and others, but rather as a teaching of individual improvement common to both Christianity and Islam. This by Considine purported interfaith bridge between Christianity and Islam, however, does not withstand any serious examination.