Andrew Sullivan blogged Two leading Christianists
What the heck is a "Christianists". Is he trying to imply that Christians are as extreme as the Islamists? How many Christians have beheaded anyone? How many have burned down an embassy because of a cartoon? How many have killed someone because of a movie like the Da Vinci Code?have just fought back against my recent essay in Time magazine. Ramesh Ponnuru and Hugh Hewitt are two of the most articulate advocates for fusing Republicanism with religious fundamentalism.
What is wrong with Republicans being religious fundamentalists.I can see why they would dissent. But Hewitt surely goes overboard in describing my essay as "hate-speech."
Ponnuru's argument is that the Christian/Muslim vs Christianist/Islamist parallels don't work very well. He has a point. Islam begins with far lesser appreciation for individual liberty than Christianity. But history shows that Christianity, when pressed, will murder and burn and torture countless people to enforce orthodoxy.
Some bad things may have happened in the past, but most of them were no worse, and often much better, than what the Islamists at the time did, and certainly today Christians do not do anything like what the Islamoterrorists are doing.We live in kinder, gentler times, and Christianity experienced a Reformation, a Counter-Reformation and even the Second Vatican Council in ways that Islam sadly has not. And so regular Muslims are far closer to Islamists than many Christians are to Christianists.
Certainly Moderate Muslims need to speak out and urge Islam to change to join the 21st Century.Moreover, the Christianists keep moving the goalposts so far to the right that the distinction between Christians and Christianists is far more persuasive now than in even the recent past. Read More