“God had nothing to do with it”

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, President of the Chicago Theological Seminary (United Church of Christ), advises us that those who kill in God’s name are wrong. From a brief On Faith article by her:

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, our mutual goal in these columns is surely to reduce the disturbing global tendency to engage in violent attacks and use religion to justify the violence. My message to those who would use religion to justify indiscriminate killing in the name of God is simply as follows: “This is your own pride and sinfulness acting. God had nothing to do with it.”

The first, and, in fact, only “religious extremists” mentioned? Rev. Jerry Falwell. The balance of the piece relates Paul’s instructions to us that we correct others who stray with love.

It is hard to argue with the fact that it is pride and sinfulness that drives people to violence in God’s name. What is harder to understand is the political correctness verging on blindness that does not name the enemy: Islamic terrorists who kill in the name of Allah.

Our enemies want us dead, and do their best to make it so. The headlines, a bomb here, a foiled bomb plot there, should convince us that it is not for lack of trying. The only thing that all of these terrorists and would-be terrorists have in common? They are all Muslims.

Yes, Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, there’s a lot of “pride and sinfulness” about these days. Some of it resides with so-called mainline churches, such as the United Church of Christ, that can’t call a spade a spade. Christians are not bombing us, attempting to convert us. Neither are the Jews, Buddhists, or Hindus. No, there’s just one religion that insists on our conversion or death: Islam.

Isn’t it time you woke up to this bitter truth?


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