Monday, November 16, 2015

'Religious Extremism' and You (Re-edited)

I try not to scream in frustration in response to some usage of the word 'extremism.' People use it without even thinking about what it actually means. And it almost always has the word 'Christian' is front of it, and, less often, 'Muslim.'

According to the ignorant, extremism is always something bad--usually involving pain or death--and, again, according to the ignorant, people like this 'tard preach "Christian extremism." And if you don't know what Christ commanded, what the Dispensation of Grace is, or what the adjective 'extreme' means, you'll buy it.

Here, I'll help a bit more: an actual extremist Christian wants you to believe that Jesus the Messiah died for your sins, rose again, and is your Lord and Savior. Also, that Christian wants you to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself  a whole heck of a lot. The yardstick consists of these things. And if you decide you don't want to do any of these things, Jesus tells the Christian to walk away.

Conversely, an actual extremist Muslim wants everyone to submit to Allah, and wants to coerce any and all to convert or to pay the jizya tax. A truly extremist Muslim should, according to the Koran and the Hadith, use the threat of death toward this goal: your money or your life. If you won't convert or are unable to bribe them, it's off with your head, if they can get close enough. This is yet another yardstick.

You can't mix and match definitions and expect to make a coherent argument. But stupidity is so rampant that it almost doesn't pay to point this out. But I did anyway.

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