We have a higher percentage of armed xenophobic Christian fanatics than anywhere, especially Scandinavia.
Sigh..just have to get a dig in on Christians don’t you?
A True Follower of Christ would not perform a heinous act such as this; nor would harm a follower of Islam simply for being a follower of Islam.
While I don’t disagree that there are just as many xenophobes here (or even more) I do take some slight offense at calling them ‘Christians’. Oh, they might call themselves that, but based on the simple black and white teachings in the Bible—-that the second greatest Commandment is that we are to ‘love your neighbor as yourself"; they’re ignoring that commandment and need to pull the plank out of their own eye first.
Countries can be friendly and welcoming certainly-but in the face of our global economic meltdown; each nation needs to evaluate carefully their immigration policies; and perhaps (if the situation warrants), even turn away any who are not seeking true political asylum. Certainly the US is in that situation; with statistical unemployment at around 9% and the actual number being probably somewhere around 16-20%. I know a few who have been unemployed over two years now; they’re not on the books anymore because they’ve run the gamut of the safety nets so they’re doing something else. college, ‘odd’ jobs under the table, or some even have spouses who are still employed. However, I know a couple who have none of the above and are staying with family. I’m not talking twenty-somethings here, but people who have been working 20+ years; who have now exhausted unemployment and are exhausting their 401K plans to keep themselves afloat (of course the latter comes at a severe tax burden). Faced with these types of economic catastrophes; it’s time to circle the proverbial wagons; and only let in people who are being persecuted; even then sparingly. But, that’s my opinion.
That was hardly a gratuitous comment. His religious beliefs, however messed up, were a key aspect of his character and motivation. Of course he was not a proper Christian as many, perhaps even most, American Christians are. My point that his kind of fanatic is amply provided for in the USA today, is entirely valid.
Of course, economic considerations are a major part of the motivation for all asylum seekers. I presume that is how they choose their preferred destination. Religious freedom would also be a significant factor, but interestingly, an Islamic state does not appear to be attractive as a destination to Islamic asylum seekers. They often pass through them en route, and keep going.
Perhaps they prefer to come to a country that has religious freedom and then work in that tolerant environment to impose Islamic beliefs on everyone in their new home, in spite of how committed those people may be to their traditional religion. After seeing how the Mormons and Adventists operate in the South Pacific, I think it is not much different.
Sorry, but that’s a bullshit claim.
What you mean is that your interpretation of Christianity considers an act like that to be unjustified. That’s not the same as a “true follower of Christ”.
Let’s face it — “Followers of Christ” have done this sort of thing for most of the last two millenia; since Constantine’s conversion, certainly. They have plenty of scriptural support for their actions, too — their bible is full of violence perpetrated either directly by Yahweh or by his followers, who are praised for it. Lent and Easter week used to be times of terror for Jews in Christian countries, and the Crusades saw Christians slaughtering Muslims in large numbers — simply because they were Muslims.
So, which ones are the “True Followers of Christ”? We’re talking about religion, here, not science. There’s no proof, no evidence of any of it. Without that, there’s really no way to say this_.. this one is a True Follower, but that one there is a False Follower. It’s just the No True Scotsman fallacyScotsman.
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