Religious News Verses: Spreading the Love, Kansas Politicking and the Dalai Lama
By D. Beeksma
On May 18, 2010 At 7:58 am
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Yesterday, an article appeared at Wizbang called "A Call to Arms." Lambasting Comedy Central's JC, author Jay Tea wrote about the "double standards" of allowing Muslims to suppress religious criticism with threats of violence but Christians and Jews having to tolerate criticism. He writes,
Christians and Jews ought to hit back, and hit back hard.
No, I'm not talking about rhetorical or symbolic gestures. I'm talking naked force, real violence. I'm talking about bomb threats on their headquarters, accompanied by real bombs. I'm talking about physical assaults and attempts to kill the people behind these gross insults. I'm talking about making the creators genuinely fear for their safety, and that of their families.
Because in today's world, that is what works. That is what works better than any other approach.
Later, the author adds,
So that's the world we live in. Where if a religion wants to be exempt from criticism, if it wants to enforce its code of conduct on the populace outside their congregation, they need to start showing that they are willing to do so with force. Perhaps when modern Christianity and Judaism start piling up a body count among their critics, things will start to change.
Do I like calling for this? Hell, no. I find it absolutely morally repugnant.
The author is not calling for violence but appears to be painting a picture of what it would be like if Jews and Christians behaved in the same manner as practitioners of extreme Islam. Some of the comments, however, speak otherwise and show an interesting glimpse into perceived religious intolerance.
Christian Group Claims Dalai Lama's Vision of a More Peaceful World Rejects Biblical Truth.
Meanwhile, advocating a more peaceful world, the Dalai Lama visited Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend to promote the University of Wisconsin-Madison's opening of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (see video below). In a press release from ChristianInvestigator.com, we are told that scientists endorse false religions and that Buddhism is satanic:
On Sunday, the Dalai Lama talked about 'oneness,' a term used to promote pantheism, a belief that says everything is God. The Bible clearly denounces reincarnation and pantheism.
ChristianInvestigator.com believes that promoting religions in the disguise of false meditative techniques is a tool used to get people's focus off of their true problem.
The Bible says man's problem is his sin nature. In order to receive peace, a person has to be forgiven by Jesus Christ. Jesus does not remove the sin nature, but continually gives victory over it as Christians rely on Jesus Christ.
The Lord does talk about peace and meditation in the Bible, but not the types of meditation promoted by false religions endorsed by scientists.
ChristianInvestigator.com President Steve McConkey says, "Christians need to wake up to the fact that false belief systems are coming at a rapid rate. We should never replace the basics of the Bible with practices that are not backed up in the Bible as Satan comes as an angel of light. Also, Satan duplicates what God has outlined in the Bible."
Open minded people of all faiths attended the Dalai Lama's talk, appreciating his core message of compassion and mindfulness.
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