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Religious Extremism and You

Repost from my blog.

by baldilocks

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. These items are the hash marks on the Chris­t­ian yard­stick and if, after know­ing this, you decide you don’t want to fol­low Jesus, He tells His fol­low­ers to move on to the next poten­tial hearer of the Gospel and leave you be. “Shake the dust from your feet.” Extreme.

Con­versely, an actual extrem­ist Mus­lim wants every­one to sub­mit to Allah, and wants to coerce any and all to con­vert to Islam 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. And if you don’t want to 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 igno­rance is so ram­pant that it almost doesn’t pay to point this out. But I did anyway.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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baldilocks

Repost from my blog.

by baldilocks

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. These items are the hash marks on the Christian yardstick and if, after knowing this, you decide you don’t want to follow Jesus, He tells His followers to move on to the next potential hearer of the Gospel and leave you be. “Shake the dust from your feet.” Extreme.

Conversely, an actual extremist Muslim wants everyone to submit to Allah, and wants to coerce any and all to convert to Islam 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. And if you don’t want to 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 ignorance is so rampant that it almost doesn’t pay to point this out. But I did anyway.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

baldilocks