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Onward Christian Warriors
by Mark Tapson
By disturbing contrast, the Judeo-Christian stance is too often a combination of politically correct denial and appeasement through interfaith outreach. In "We're Losing the Battle Against Islamism," Rachel Lipsky describes attending interfaith events and being disappointed and distressed by the denial and spinelessness of the ingratiating Jewish and Christian religious leaders, who ignore the rising tide of anti-Semitism and the worldwide persecution of Christians in Muslim majority communities: "These clergymen and those who support them betray their communities by ignoring the looming issues and declaring platitudes, all under the name of progressiveness and multicultural understanding."
Far be it from me to dismiss sincere attempts to resolve religious differences; in fact, I root for their success. But in terms of building bridges between Islam and the West, it's worth noting that for Islamic supremacists, the interfaith highway runs in only one direction. Sayyid Qutb, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, argued that interfaith dialogue with the West should be undertaken only to draw infidels over to Islam, bringing concessions with them.
Christians with a backbone who attempt to draw a line in the sand incur attacks from the naive or complicit Left. A few weeks ago, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was chastised by, among others, Mediaite columnist Frances Martel for speaking out against a Tennessee Protestant church opening its doors to local Muslims in need of a prayer space. Martel (no relation to eighth-century savior of Europe Charles, apparently) found this not only uncharitable but theologically ignorant. Hel-lo, Martel lectured, "the Judeo-Christian god is an equivalent to Allah and Muslims actually believe in Jesus Christ." [Emphasis in original]
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