I am no fan of the Rosie O’Donnell of recent years. She seems bitter. She seems petty. She comes across as a word that’ll launch a massive U-N-I-T-Y email campaign directed at me should I use it here. But, for all of her faults, I will concede that she speaks candidly and passionately. She says what she feels is her truth – that’s a quality I can always appreciate. Earlier this week on ‘The View’, O’Donnell responded to co-host Elizabeth Hasselback’s comment that radical Islam is a grave threat with, “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.” Another View co-host, Joy Behar, responded to O’Donnell by boasting, “But, but Christians are not threatening to kill us. There’s that difference. This group is threatening to kill us.”
When your President is a born again Christian and his foreign policy more or less is based on facilitating the Rapture, I don’t think comments like O’Donnell’s are as far fetched as some people, mainly Christians, would like them to be.
As for Behar, there’s that whole war in Iraq that has been proven several times over as baseless that she may have heard about.
And just when you think only Elizabeth Hassleback and Joy Behar are foolish enough to place the sole blame of current conflict on radical Islam, Pope Benedict XVI decides to chime in and add more fuel to the fire. Offering a lecture on the relationship between faith, reason and violence at Regensburg University in Germany (what a place to deliver a message like this, Father), on Islam, the Pope said, “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
What an interesting comment to make from the leader of the Catholic Church, because obviously Catholics, or should I say Christians in general never used force to spread the faith they championed. Perish the thought.
Besides, Christians never initiated the violence that spurred holy wars such as the Crusades. Never.
The Pope has since apologized for his remarks, saying he is “deeply sorry” and that the statement issued did not reflect his personal opinion. “These words were in fact a quotation from a medieval text which do not in any way express my personal thought,” said Pope Benedict XVI. That’s right. Earn your invite back to Turkey.
Were O’Donnell’s comments really out of line? Let’s ask Jerry Falwell. One year after the attacks of 9/11, Falwell placed much of the blame for the attacks on the Federal Courts for “throwing God out of the public square.” He also criticized those “who have tried to secularize America: pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays and lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, and People for the American Way.”
Great way to bring the American public together under this great threat Islam is purportedly placing on us.
This hate-filled rant doesn’t differ much from bin Laden blasting Western society for its “evils” that threaten Muslims and their way of life.
Not to be outdone, Pat Robertson has always made his feelings about Muslims clear. “These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it’s motivated by demonic power. It is satanic and it’s time we recognize what we’re dealing with.” On Islam in general: “Islam is not a religion of peace” and “the goal of Islam, ladies and gentlemen whether you like it or not, is world domination.” Pat Robertson, meet European imperialism.
One week prior, Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahrir, invited all Americans to convert to Islam. Like Robertson, I recall bin Laden once likening American culture to Satanism.
The more things change the more they stay the same. Zealotry continues to be cause of major world conflicts. Hello modern-day Crusades. Thank you, Rosie O’Donnell.