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Recent anti-fundamentalist trespasses

"Recent anti-fundamentalist trespasses" Continued...

Issue: "Osama bin Ashcroft?," April 27, 2002
  • A Washington Post article on Dec. 30 postulated Christian-Muslim equivalence: "Today, there are Christian fundamentalists who attack abortion clinics in the United States and kill doctors; Muslim fundamentalists who wage their sectarian wars against each other...." Editors evidently saw no need to point out that the rare abortionist killings have been condemned widely within Christendom, while the rampant rage within Islam has received broad Muslim encouragement.
  • The Washington Post on Jan. 17 noted that American "religious conservatives" opposed cloning while "[a]t the same time, the United States was fighting a war to free a faraway nation from the grip of religious conservatives who were denounced for imposing their moral code on others." The Post reporter complained that support for protecting embryos "could legitimize an effort to codify fundamentalist views into law."
  • The Atlantic Monthly's February 2002 cover story, "Oh, Gods!" ended with analysis of how fast Christianity is growing in Africa and South America, and suggested that concern about Islam is overblown, for "the big 'problem cult' of the 21st century will be Christianity." (That's a curious concern, because for years Christianity was attacked for being a "white" religion. But black and brown Christians apparently receive less appreciation when they turn out to be strong opponents of homosexuality and radical feminism.)
  • Time's Margaret Carlson complained on Feb. 20 that John Ashcroft "has a history of using his bully pulpit, as Attorney General, as a pulpit. He has prayer sessions every morning in his office. He doesn't agree, apparently, with pluralism.... He believes that there is one form of religion ... and it should be practiced as an official matter of state." Mr. Ashcroft, of course, has often said exactly the opposite, but Ms. Carlson apparently contends that a government official who prays in his office cannot be pluralistic.
  • The Seattle Post-Intelligencer on March 29 called Supreme Court Justices Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas "spiritual heroes to the Taliban wing of the Republican Party."
  • Sometimes it's hard to know whether liberal publications start a trend and liberal politicians follow, or vice versa. Newsweek's Howard Fineman reported late in 2001 that Democrats will hit Republican candidates before this November's elections with charges that the GOP is "dependent upon an intolerant 'religious right.'" Democratic talking points when "comparing the GOP right with the Taliban," according to Mr. Fineman, will be: "Our enemy in Afghanistan is religious extremism and intolerance. It's therefore more important than ever to honor the ideals of tolerance-religious, sexual, racial, reproductive-at home." Is Newsweek reporting, or suggesting?
Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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