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Posted by V the K at 11:23 am - April 16, 2017.
Filed under: Religion (General)

The Social Left Comes for the Churches

Posted by V the K at 6:07 pm - July 6, 2016.
Filed under: Religion (General)

Remember when the “Separation of Church and State” was a big deal to the left? Seems like such a very long time ago. Now, the left is all about the subjugation of the church to the State.

My friends and colleagues at the Alliance Defending Freedom announced today that they were filing suit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission to block enforcement of gender identity guidelines that purport to regulate “a church service open to the public.” News flash — virtually every church service is open to the public.

It’s unclear to me how a branch of the Iowa state government has determined that a “church service open to the public” does not have a “bona fide religious purpose,” but there it is. Under current guidance, churches in Iowa must become “members only” to exercise their religious liberty. It’s tough to imagine this guidance surviving even liberal judicial review, but even if struck down it shows where some on the Left want to take the law. Not even the sanctuary is safe.

Nature Lovers

Posted by V the K at 7:44 am - May 18, 2016.
Filed under: Religion (General)

Combine the left’s Eco-Environmentalist Religion with the Left’s obsessive sexual fetishism and you get this:

As you venture deeper into the rooms you will find condoms that fit your fingers and surgical masks with grass sprouting from the mouth.

This is the sex house of an ecosexual, a person who makes the land their lover, bringing a whole new meaning to “environmentally friendly” and “whore-ticulture”.

The “Ecosexual Bathhouse” is in the tangles of the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, created by Ian Sinclair and Loren Kronemyer.

Ecosexuals have fantasies about nature and use their senses of touch to strengthen their romantic and sensual feelings towards the environment.

The whole idea is if somebody can develop sexual attraction and a love for the biosphere, they will in turn look after it going into the future — it’s said to be a type of activism.

And yet, they mock Christians as freaks and weirdoes.

Leftists, Gay-Friendly Church Features Atheist Pastor

Posted by V the K at 10:30 am - April 28, 2016.
Filed under: Religion (General)

In a society where a seventy year old man with a penis can claim to be a brave and stunning woman, and the Secretary of Homeland Security actively opposes securing the nation’s borders, why not a minister who doesn’t believe in God?

There is not one mention of God during the 70-minute service at Toronto’s West Hill United church. Bibles are nowhere to be seen. The large steel cross – one of the few remaining religious symbols in this church – is hidden behind a cascade of rainbow streamers.

But that is perhaps to be expected in a church led by an avowed atheist.

“I do not believe in a theistic, supernatural being called God,” says Gretta Vosper, the United Church of Canada minister who has led West Hill since 1997. “I don’t believe in what I think 99.99% of the world thinks you mean when you use that word.” Tor [sic] her, God is instead a metaphor for goodness and a life lived with compassion and justice.

Vosper’s outspoken commitment to a seemingly clashing set of beliefs has prompted turmoil in the open-minded United Church of Canada. A progressive Christian denomination that began ordaining women in Canada 80 years ago and for decades has allowed openly gay men and women to lead ministries, the church has been left questioning its boundaries.

“I don’t believe in what I think 99.99% of the world thinks you mean when you use that word.”How Progressive do you have to believe that the Nature of God is subject to a vote?  That’s as dumb as believing that Climate Change can be settled by a vote.



Pope Praises Cuban Dictators En Route to Lecturing American Republicans

Posted by V the K at 8:47 pm - September 22, 2015.
Filed under: Religion (General)

Pope Occupy dropped in on Cuba to lavish praise on its brutal, oppressive dictatorship.

Pope Francis expressed gratitude to Cuba for its contribution to peace and the preservation of the human species in a world saturated with hatred and aggression.

The Pope will be lecturing Congress on Thursday about redistributing wealth and fighting “climate change.”

Watching the immense pomp and ceremony surrounding the pope, and seeing how streets are being closed and cordoned off… causing frustration to thousands for the convenience of His Holiness, watching as politicians jockey for the opportunity to position themselves near the Pontiff, watching as the Pontiff inserts himself into politics, and listening as the Pope hypocritically lectures “the wealthy” to redistribute their earnings to the poor while the Vatican sits on billions of dollars in assets… I realized, this is how the whole Protestant thing got started.

Rethinking the Tax Exempt Status of Churches

Posted by V the K at 8:17 pm - June 28, 2015.
Filed under: Religion (General)

With last week’s decision imposing gay marriage on the entirety of the country despite lacking any legitimate Constitutional authority to do so, the Supreme Court has put the radical left within striking distance of one of its most ambitious objectives; the taxation (and regulation) of religious institutions and houses of worship.

Drew M. at AoSHQ doesn’t think it’s a bad idea.

US bishops have spent decades advocating liberal big government programs (ObamaCare, as long as they are exempted and amnesty spring to mind) all while enjoying an exemption from its effects or sharing in the burden of the costs via their tax exemption.

Well they are going to get a taste of what they’ve been building and they aren’t going to like it one bit.

While I will lament to loss of an important American value, it won’t be the first progressives have killed. But I will laugh as they and others like them are shocked that the government they are so happy to sic on others turns on them.

Added: In the interest of interfaith comity I should note I’m looking forward to synagogues and mosques being taxed as well.

90-95% of your congregants vote for Democrats? Well, then I’m sure you’ll be happy to be subject to even more of what they impose on the rest of us.

Another Hate-Filled Religious Bigot

Posted by V the K at 4:01 pm - February 1, 2015.
Filed under: Religion (General)

The LDS (Mormon) Church officially supports gay rights and condemns polygamy; contrary to the media-fed stereotype which has it the other way around.  Leftists are quick to point to one fringe preacher in the middle of nowhere who said something anti-Gay and say “See, that’s how all Christians feel. That one preacher’s statement condemns all Christians.” Mainly because it fits in with their own bigoted stereotypes, and helps promote their precious sense of victimhood.

But they will never accept that this Church Leader’s statements and experience more broadly represent Christianity than one isolated nutjob.

A high-ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said he would like to see additional legal steps taken to protect religious freedom, and stamp out discrimination against gays — whose history with the church has been complex one.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, spoke publicly on the matter last week — noting that his own family is a great example of how a harmony can be struck between members of his faith and the gay community.

“The model is the same,” Elder Christofferson said. “The Savior points the way.”

Number of people who have been defenestrated by Mormons for being gay: 0

BTW: The gay left has already smacked away the olive branch offered by the LDS Church, because it’s all-or-nothing with those people, and they would rather hate Christians than learn to get along with them.

Churches Follow the Advice of Secular Gay Leftists, Rapidly Lose Membership

Posted by V the K at 11:15 am - August 21, 2014.
Filed under: Religion (General)

The conventional wisdom among the secular left is that churches must embrace gay-marriage (as well as abortion, redistribution of wealth, gun control, global warming, and all of those other things the secular left is gung-ho for) or they will perish because they aren’t cool enough to attract hip, socially-conscious secular leftists to their denominations.

In the real world, though, it’s not working out that way. Since the Episcopal Church became the pro-gay, pro-socialism, and all the rest, its membership has fallen almost 19%. The Evangelical Lutheran Church embraced gay marriage in 2009, and its membership has taken a similar tumble and it has lost over 600 congregations. The United Church of Christ — home of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and a bastion of bat-[stuff] crazy leftism — embraced gay marriage full-bore and has been declining rapidly, 20.5% gone and still losing members. The Presbyterian Church has lost more than 20% of its members since deciding to ordain gay and lesbian clergy.

Meanwhile, conservative evangelical congregations and Mormons (whom the Secular Left would consider ‘hardcore’) are continuing to grow.

The secular left doesn’t understand religion. To the secular left, religion is a hobby (and a silly one, at best) and churches are just social clubs. The idea that there is Eternal Truth, and that it is the role of churches to protect and preserve it, is utterly alien to people whose concept of truth is built around “it depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.” One thing Christians understand that leftist don’t is you can follow God’s word, or you can be popular and worldly. You can’t do both.

Secular leftists don’t want to go to church; in fact, they want to destroy religion because it’s a threat to the state. Churches that follow the advice of people who want to destroy them get what they deserve. [See also, Republicans and Illegal Immigration.]

Because they weren’t getting enough attention …

Posted by V the K at 1:40 pm - May 22, 2014.
Filed under: Religion (General),War on Christians

… the only belief system in America that sues to force the Government to impose it on everyone else is getting its own TV channel.

A New Jersey-based atheist group is starting the first on-demand TV channel dedicated to godlessness.

The Atheists claim their channel is necessary because — I am not making this up — Hollywood and the major media are too pro-Christian and the Atheists intend their channel as counter-programming against the endless championing of Christian morality on other news and entertainment networks.
I am thinking of the potential programs for this station.
  • Those Foolish Believers: Panel show on which all religion is mocked and ridiculed, except Islam, of course.
  • Cross-Country: Reality Show: A group of atheist lawyers travel small town America looking for public displays of the cross and filing lawsuits to have them removed.
  • Circle Jerk – News and Information: Richard Dawkins and a panel of Atheists discuss news of the day while congratulating each other on their lack of belief.
  • It’s a Void and Meaningless Existence, Charlie Brown – Special Holiday Program in Honor of Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s Birthday
  • The Smug Sense of Superiority Hour – with special guest Bill Maher
  • And of course… there will be wholesome, atheist-style, family programming

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‘Noah’ and Not Getting That Religion Thing

Posted by V the K at 11:49 pm - March 30, 2014.
Filed under: Ideas & Trends,Religion (General)

Reading Matt Walsh’s review of Noah, which pretty much aligns with most of the other reviews I’ve read. The film is marketed to appeal to a religious audience, but is contemptuous of religion (the director is an atheist). Also, it’s poorly made, with ludicrous special effects, ridiculous ‘rock people,’ and a muddled plot that bears only a passing resemblance to the Biblical account.  But what struck me were the comments, many of which were along the lines of this one:

Let me ask you a question Mr. Matt Walsh, what’s the point of making this movie if it’s the same as the original story? I mean seriously, do you know nothing about movies? They are made for entertainment, not to pass down stories(Documentaries aren’t movies, they’re documentaries). New things are good. Take a look at the Harry Potter movies. The fifth one, The Order of the Phoenix, was nothing like it’s original, yet it got a 7.4, a somewhat decent review. All in all, don’t judge a movie on whether or not it sticks to the original story, treat it as it’s own story.

This comment, and others in the same vein, made me realize; to a lot of people, there really is no difference between the Harry Potter books and the Holy Bible. There are no sacred texts; no eternal truths. There is just whatever entertains you at a specific moment in time. From that starting point, it’s easy to see the producers missing the point of the Biblical story of Noah: That God will preserve the righteous and faithful, even if the rest of the world perishes because of their evil. It’s a point that doesn’t make it across when Noah, instead of being portrayed as righteous and faithful, is portrayed as deranged and obsessed (which is pretty much the standard for religious folk in the Hollywood universe; except for the Noble Mohammedans.).

Misadventures in Multicultural Studies Indoctrination

Jeff’s post the other day about the questionable workshop at Brown University came to mind recently when I saw a very far-left Facebook friend link to this article by a professor named Warren Blumenfeld who had just retired from a position as a professor of education at Iowa State University.  The article contains the professor’s reflections and gives voice to both his lamentations and his indignity about those students who took his class who were not won over to his worldview and who had the temerity to announce that fact in their final papers.

The course was entitled “Multicultural Foundations in Schools and Society,” and Blumenfeld describes it in the following terms:

I base the course on a number of key concepts and assumptions, including how issues of power, privilege, and domination within the United States center on inequitable social divisions regarding race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sex, gender identity, sexual identity, religion, nationality, linguistic background, physical and mental ability/disability, and age. I address how issues around social identities impact generally on life outcomes, and specifically on educational outcomes. Virtually all students registered for this course, which is mandatory for students registered in the Teacher Education program, are pre-service teachers.

In other words, this is a required course in “multicultural studies” indoctrination.  If the course were voluntary, it would be a slightly different situation, but as a required course, it amounts to an example of the sort of thing that conservatives can easily point to as illustrating the left-wing biases of academia.

Professor Blumenfeld is particularly alarmed by the case of two female students who tell him quite boldly that the course has not changed their socially conservative Christian worldview:

On a final course paper, one student wrote that, while she enjoyed the course, and she felt that both myself and my graduate assistant — who had come out to the class earlier as lesbian — were very knowledgeable and good professors with great senses of humor, nonetheless, she felt obliged to inform us that we are still going to Hell for being so-called “practicing homosexuals.” Another student two years later wrote on her course paper that homosexuality and transgenderism are sins in the same category as stealing and murder. This student not only reiterated that I will travel to Hell if I continued to act on my same-sex desires, but she went further in amplifying the first student’s proclamations by self-righteously insisting that I will not receive an invitation to enter Heaven if I do not accept Jesus as my personal savior since I am a Jew, regardless of my sexual behavior. Anyone who doubts this, she concluded, “Only death will tell!”

Now while we might question the wisdom of both students in advertising the heresy represented by their beliefs so boldly in a graded assignment,  I think we might also be heartened by their courage in being true to their faith, even if we do not agree with all of the particulars of their worldview.

The professor, however, is shocked and appalled, and the rest of the essay is his attempt to reconcile–through reference to one leftist theory and tract after another–what he calls “our campus environment, one that emboldens some students to notify their professor and graduate assistant that their final destination will be the depths of Hell.”  Notice his word choice, there.  The problem is with the “campus environment” which “emboldens some students.”  It seems like a foreign idea to this professor to think that a university could be a place for the free and open exchange of ideas, especially those ideas that are unpopular.  I trust we will not find him quoting Voltaire or Jefferson anytime soon.

No, instead what we get is a description of and a reflection on a course that sounds like it could have been lifted straight from  the pages of Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, albeit with a more contemporary reading list.  While the professor uses the (more…)

The Mormon record of service to their neighbors — & their country

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:30 am - October 21, 2012.
Filed under: Military,Religion (General)

With Whoopi Goldberg recently confusing Mormons with Quakers, suggesting that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints couldn’t fight for our country, we can expect other media figures, particularly those opposed to the election of Mitt Romney to continue to misrepresent the largest faith indigenous to the United States of America.

Our blog reader bfwebster addressed that misunderstanding in a recent blog post where he reported that not only did Mormons serve in Vietnam, but that a disproportionate (to their percentage in the United States population) number made the ultimate sacrifice for their country:

During the period of the Vietnam War — say, 1965-1974 — the total US population was around 200 million. During that same period of time, LDS Church membership grew from roughly 2.4 million to 3.4 million. That membership is men, women, and children of all ages, both inside and outside of the United States. I have not yet been able to find the actual United States LDS membership for that period, but I will assume that it was on the order of 75% of the total LDS membership, or about 2 to 2.5 million — just a bit over 1% of the US population.

Furthermore, probably only about 50% (if that much) of that membership within the United States represented actively practicing and attending members. So the ratio of active LDS members living in the US to the US population at large during that period was probably on the order of 0.5%, perhaps less.

So, how many self-identified Mormons were killed in Vietnam? 589 out of 58,193, or just over 1% of all US military deaths. In other words, Mormons were at least proportionately represented by population among US military deaths in Vietnam and were likely over-represented.


Billy Graham backs Mitt Romney

Yesterday, Sarah credited me (on Instapundit) credited me for alerting her to the Reverend Billy Graham’s decision to back Mitt Romney.  I thought it was a big deal and a ‘good thing,” as Sarah noted.

Evangelist Billy Graham told Mitt Romney” yesterday “that he would do anything he could to help his candidacy. The two met at Graham’s North Carolina home.

And it is a good thing — for a great variety of reasons, primarily that Graham is an evangelical Christian respected by individuals in all walks of life.  Jews have long respected him for supporting Israel and for never asking us to convert.  Some fundamentalist Christians even faulted him for the often ecumenical nature of his appeal.

Grahama has long been considered a pastor to the presidents, “met with every sitting American president from Harry Truman to President Obama.”  Many, including Bill Clinton, have sought Graham’s counsel, but, as Bruce Webster reminds us, “Graham has had a policy in place of not endorsing presidential candidates (cf. this 1980 article)”:

What is truly telling is the language: “I’ll do all I can to help you.” That’s not a tepid endorsement or a ‘lesser of two evils’ resignation; that’s about as full-throated as Graham can get at his age. I will be interested to see if it helps some of those Evangelicals who are concerned about putting a Mormon in the White House to vote for Romney anyway.

Given the respect this man enjoys, methinks it will help Romney with wavering evangelicals.  And it is indeed telling that the respected pastor, who had heretofore been so reluctant to endorse (though he did come close in 2000), has made clear his support for Mitt Romney.

We Interrupt Our Petty Lives for this Announcement:

Ever since I first heard of Yousef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian pastor held captive in that horrible subnormal nation by its rulers for the crime of apostasy, I’ve had as my homepage at work the American Center for Law and Justice website which had been counting the days of his incarceration.

That count has ended.

While I was out of town this weekend with my partner and away from the news, Pastor Nadarkhani was released by the court that had originally sentenced him to death. The charge of apostasy has been reduced to that of evangelizing, and his punishment to time served.

There is so much to say that if I did would look like gift-horse material. For now, let’s all just say a prayer of thanksgiving that he has been delivered from these savages and is currently back in the embrace of his family.

Let’s also further pray that now that he’s out of jail he will find safety. All to often in places like Iran, prisoners of conscience are released from official bondage only to be torn apart by the mobs that populate such backward countries.

If you’d like to know more about Pastor Nadarkhani and his trials, check out the link to the ACLJ above.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)

On the HHS Mandate

There’s so much to celebrate today: My beautiful home state turns 136 today, Michael Phelps has made history with his 19th medal on behalf of America, and Ted Cruz not only won, but schwacked establishment candidate Lt. Governor David Dewhurst by a margin of over 13 percentage points in yesterday’s Texas GOP runoff, sending a clear message that the Constitution is back in business (or will be, come January) in the US Senate.

However, I have to admit, today is a sad dark day for America.

While Youcef Nadarkhani spends his 1024th day in an Iranian prison for the crime of having become a Christian, our Nation took another chip out of the rock of religious liberties as well. Surely we cannot compare the offense to religious freedoms that President Obama’s and Kathleen Sebelius’ mandate that employers abdicate their First Amendment rights (which goes in effect today) to those of Pastor Nadarkhani. But while mayors across the country attempt to deny a business owner his Due Process and First Amendment rights, today calls attention to just how far we’ve come in our Nation.

I actually woke this morning to a fraternity brother’s post on his Facebook page that read:

Btw american women everywhere, congratulations!

Today your insurance plans MUST ‘cover specific preventive health services for women without cost-sharing, such as deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. These services include well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, STD screening and contraceptives.’

I caution those who would vote for romney (especially women who would vote for romney) to recognize the implications of a repeal. We would eliminate the gains that have been made today, and will continue to be made by the landmark legislation for the next 5 years.

As offensive as it is to someone like me who’s pro-life to see someone write in literally congratulatory tones about the growth and spread of abortion, this is also symbolic of just how far we’ve come. (more…)

On Pastor Worley, Crackpot Ministers & the Media

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:04 pm - May 24, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,Religion (General)

Over the past week or so, I have seen numerous postings on Facebook and a number of stories on CNN about a North Carolina pastor who somehow seems to have forgotten about the biblical injunction to love your neighbor:

I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, but I couldn’t get it past the Congress,” Pastor Charles L. Worley can be seen telling his Providence Road Baptist Church congregation in the video, which had more than 250,000 YouTube views by Tuesday.

“Build a great big, large fence – 50 or a 100 miles long – and put all the lesbians in there,” Worley went on to say in his May 13 sermon at his Maiden, North Carolina, church. “Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. Feed them. And you know in a few years, they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.”

Does this guy really believe that only homosexuals can produce homosexual children?  (That would be news to my heterosexual Mom and Dad.)  Even those trusting in the efficacy of “reparative therapy” don’t favor herding gay people into concentration camps.

As CNN and our Facebook friends focus on — and rightly condemn — Mr. Worley, I wonder where these folks were when other crackpots were preaching hate from their pulpits.

It is sick that members of Worley’s flock would stand by their pastor, preferring his word to the biblical command to love your neighbor.  His congregation though is only one of many.  But, he’s not the only pastor preaching hate.  It would be nice to see CNN expose those on the Christian left who seem incapable of accepting that some of their neighbors merit affection.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Lori builds on my point:

The anti gay preacher is a loon and so is Wright. The media are all over this very inconsequential preacher (that conservatives sure think is flakey and hateful), but they were mum about Wright, who preached hating whites and hating America. It’s not just anti gay hate that needs to stop, it all needs to stop.

The Democrats’ War on Religion?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:41 pm - March 10, 2012.
Filed under: Obama Watch,Random Thoughts,Religion (General)

He gets Catholics upset. Now, we learn this (check out the last headline):

Must be part of the Democrats’ plan.

Maybe if Mayor Bloomberg had studied American history, he might not have excluded clergy from 9/11 commemoration

As I drive to Colorado to celebrate my father’s upcoming birthday, I have been listening to Ron Chernow’s wonderful biography of George Washington.  Last night, when crossing Nevada in the dead of night, but with the temperature fluctuating from the mid-90s to low 100s, I learned of the trials that great man faced when first taking charge of the Continental Army, then little more than a ragtag collection of  state militias, in 1775.

Among other things, the then-green Commander-in-Chief was concerned about the spiritual welfare of his men.  From his “General Orders” of July 4, 1775 (one year before that day would become the most significant one on an American’s calendar):

The General . . . requires and expects, of all Officers, and Soldiers, not engaged on actual duty, a punctual attendance on divine Service, to implore the blessings of heaven upon the means used for our safety and defence.

Wonder how the ACLU would have reacted had it been around at the time.

Contrast the father of our country with the the current Mayor of New York City:  “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not reconsider his decision to exclude clergy from the ceremony marking 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, a spokesman said Friday.

RI recognizes same-sex civil unions; equality activists upset

With a vote of 21 to 16, the Rhode Island Senate approved a measure to grant

. . . legal rights to same-sex partners “without the historical and religious meaning associated with the word marriage,” a statement from the Rhode Island General Assembly said.

“We have made great progress in our goal of providing increased rights, benefits and protections for gay and lesbian couples,” [Democratic state Rep. Peter Petrarca, the bill’s sponsor said]

The bill, writes my friend Dale Carpenter

manages to do what nobody else has done: unite supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage.  Marriage Equality Rhode Island says it establishes “second-class citizenry.”  The National Organization for Marriage says it is “disappointing and dangerous.”  Caught in the middle were legislators, including the openly gay head of the state house, and Governor Lincoln Chafee (expected to sign the bill), who predicted this was the most they could do for at least a couple of years.

The New York Times reports that the legislation “was offered as a compromise this spring after Gordon D. Fox, the openly gay speaker of the Democratic-controlled House, said he could not muster enough votes to pass a same-sex marriage bill.”  Despite this compromise, we learn in a press release from “Freedom to Marry” that gay marriage advocates are asking the Ocean State’s governor to veto the bill:

. . . Freedom to Marry and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) sent a letter late yesterday evening to Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee calling on him to veto the civil union bill currently under consideration if it comes to his desk in its present form.  The bill contains a provision that would allow  religious organizations and their employees to disregard couples’ civil union status, creating unprecedented, onerous and discriminatory hurdles for same-sex couples seeking to take care of one another.


My Objections to Draw Mohammed Day

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:10 am - May 20, 2010.
Filed under: Free Speech,Religion (General)

Please note I started writing this before Nick’s post went up, completing it only after I saw it on the blog.  And due to time constraints, won’t have time to address his points directly.  

As some of our readers know, while we at GayPatriot usually agree on the big issues of the day, we have a difference of opinion on whether or not to participate in Draw Mohammed Day.

I believe this blog should not participate and out of respect for pious Muslims who do not use their faith to intimidate “non-believers”, assault critics, murder innocents, or otherwise attack Western civilization, we should not defy a central tenet of that faith, not depicting their prophet visually.  I believe we should show the same respect for any faith.  And wonder why it is that some who criticize this project would, in different circumstances, mock Catholics or deride Mormons.

Instead of attempting to spit in the eye of an entire faith, which appears to be the purpose of this stunt, I believe we need stand up for those assaulted for speaking their minds.  And wonder why the liberal civility police (who neglected their role in the Bush Administration) are more ready to condemn Tea Party protesters because they (the “civility police”) believe their rhetoric leads to violence, but are reluctant to climb those who actually engage in such violent acts or actually call for the death of a people.

That said, I believe the aforementioned project is a juvenile stunt, no different from some staged by the gay left.  It will be counterproductive, doing more harm than good, possibly offending those most victimized by radical Islam–moderate Muslims.

Well, I lost the battle to have this blog keep out of this controversy, but in the process of making my case, did engage in a great discussion with Bruce and Nick on the idea.  Given my time constraints, I won’t be able to present as thoughtful a post as I would like, so instead, I’ll simply, belong the “jump,” post (and edit) part of my e-mail to Bruce on the matter. (more…)