February 11, 2017

Opinion: The “Christian Taliban” (and More Plausible Threats)

David MacKenzieRebel Columnist

The Left prides itself on being cosmopolitan. It genuinely appreciates the exotic locale, the differing culture, and has a genuine heart for greater global cooperation and unity. 

However, the politics of the Left are not confined to a benign system of multicultural appreciation. It also wants to see liberal “norms” like “equality" universally established. While possessing a certain liberality at its core, years of commingling with Marxist influences has made the Left more statist. Historically laissez-faire approaches have given way to a contemporary militancy; sexual and identity-based class struggles are now two of its more deliberate wedge issues.

As a consequence, the Left has far less tolerance for deviation than it once had. Today, it appears more centralizing, moralizing and all-encompassing.

In short, the Left is becoming more totalitarian: a big claim, to be sure, but not without proponents. In fact, this is precisely the terminology that now retired Calgary Bishop Henry invoked to describe the 2016 NDP guidelines that attempted to subvert the collective conscience of private Christian schools.

More recently, the Canadian Constitution Foundation warns of an ongoing case involving a Calgary Jehovah’s Witness community which will test whether the state has jurisdiction even over the membership rolls of a Kingdom Hall!

Does the Left even recall (much less recoil over) the fact that not even Jesus wanted to adjudicate everything?

It certainly doesn’t seem so. So self-assured has the Left become that it barely comprehends why anyone would want to practice any other competing “religion”. Its academics assume the validity of a “secularization thesis” — the rather conceited belief that, as nations become more wealthy and educated, all religious belief will be abandoned. At that point, presumably, the Left’s liberal norms will be universally (and religiously) accepted.

But hang on a moment…

The Muslim world is fundamentally defined, not by a particular admiration for western cosmopolitanism, or for liberalism, but by its own favourite book. This book, unlike another famous book, is not a book of persons, proverbs, poetry, and parables, but a book of oracles and directives.

And just as the political Left has sought to publicly project itself, Islam also contains a judicial willingness to project its religious aims on everyone else. In fact, the phrase “political Islam” seems reasonably descriptive, since sharia law usually accompanies the Islamic faith wherever the latter goes in any significant number.

As such, political Islam represents a system of life which is “total” as well. Like the Left, its most zealous followers have a world order in mind, represented by the idea of a universal Caliphate, to which all people must be in submission.

Curiously, these days the advocates of the “universal norm” are meeting up with the proponents of the “universal caliphate” and, strangely, thinking that they’re friends. Some libertarians even argue that these two groups actually are friends insofar as both systems tend to prefer centralized and controlling statist structures.

Such analysis may be quite apt.

Both systems believe that legislation in one form or another is the answer for society. Both systems want to dominate, or even eradicate, the public square. Curiously, when groups representing these movements actually gather in public, they both seem to struggle with self-control, or bridling their political passions.

Oddly, while different terms are targeted, both groups are remarkably offended by free speech. Both obsess over hate speech. Both have even adopted the strategy of the “pathologization of dissent”— frequently invoking such terminology as “homophobia” and “Islamophobia” to silence their critics— as though skeptics of either sexual progressivism or Islam couldn’t possibly be anything other than irrational.

Perhaps most disturbingly, both the Left and Islam share an open disdain for certain groups— Islam's derision for Israel and the Jews; the political Left's contempt toward biblically orthodox Christians.

These mutual affinities don’t explain everything, I’ll grant you. For instance, the recent tragic shooting in a Quebec mosque notwithstanding, it must have taken serious adherence to cultural relativism for one recent Canadian Liberal Member of Parliament to be sworn in to his Office using both the Quran and the Bible. If such acts seem hopelessly conflicted, we need only thank the theological liberalism that makes such dubious gestures fashionable in the first place.

Yet, perhaps the most galling aspect of all these trends is that when any government chooses a different course of action— neither pandering to the creeping statism of West nor East— suddenly Christians become the clear and present danger.

This past week, iPolitics in Canada published an article that complained of “mindless Christian vitriol”, “Christian fanaticism”, and even “Christian Taliban” inside the Trump administration. Tellingly, this progressive author only criticizes the “Taliban” when they are of the non-existent Christian variety.

But it’s not just iPolitics; it’s the “venerable” New York Times. The NYT recently indicated that the Trump administration was trying to turn America into an “aggressively Christian country”— even invoking the scare-mongering word “theocracy” in response to Trump’s limited moratorium on representatives of an eastern theocracy who are fleeing failed attempts at establishing eastern theocracy.

Given the actual politics involved, these kinds of leftist ramblings are not just insulting to Christians and to political differentiation, in general, they are grotesque political theatrics— conflicted in values, and myopic in vision. Even worse, they represent a very unsettling animus.

Jesus came declaring the Kingdom of God, it is true. Yet, when a Samaritan village wouldn’t come out to meet him, he just kept walking. When his own hometown of Nazareth got offended at his words, he just kept walking. When a village in the Greek Decapolis got frightened of his ministry and asked him to leave, he got in a boat, and just kept sailing.

Of course, Christians can be political. I’m political. But, fundamentally, my model and founder is still Jesus Christ. And, plainly, his is neither the worldly politics of Marx nor Mohammed.

The idea, therefore, that the “Christian Right” is fundamentally more publicly menacing that the Left’s own Statist claims and theocratic friends, is preposterous.

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commented 2017-06-02 05:25:20 -0400
David – about your link for Christ’s words in Luke 12:14 – I think it is important to read the words in context, and don’t try to change the meaning. He does not actually say he did not want to judge – he asks the question “who appointed me to judge?” (in that case – to judge between two parties about what they should each deem fair.) In another case He was asked to pronounce a law that would have sentenced a woman to be stoned to death – and in that case he said “he who has no sin should throw the first stone”. Jesus is so far above worldly politics that He told Pontius Pilate His kingdom was not of “this world” in 33 AD. We have to recognize that Jesus is God – that He came voluntariy to human life – and sacrificed all he ever loved of this world – even His own body and his blood. That is why no one else is entitled to judge our every thought, word, and deed – because He rose victorious over death and sent His Holy Spirit to establish His Church kingdom on earth as in heaven. We are only possessed of bodies temporarily – our souls are eternal – and intended by God to be entirely purified and resurrected in new bodies like His own – or suffer eternal separation from Him. St. Augustine prayed “Great are You, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Your power, and of Your wisdom there is no end. And man, being a part of Your creation, desires to praise You, man, who bears about with him his mortality, the witness of his sin, even the witness that You resist the proud, — yet man, this part of Your creation, desires to praise You. You move us to delight in praising You; for You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You. Lord, teach me to know and understand which of these should be first, to call on You, or to praise You; and likewise to know You, or to call upon You. But who is there that calls upon You without knowing You? For he that knows You not may call upon You as other than You are. Or perhaps we call on You that we may know You. But how shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe without a preacher? And those who seek the Lord shall praise Him. For those who seek shall find Him, and those who find Him shall praise Him. Let me seek You, Lord, in calling on You, and call on You in believing in You; for You have been preached unto us. O Lord, my faith calls on You—that faith which You have imparted to me, which You have breathed into me through the incarnation of Your Son, through the ministry of Your preacher.”
commented 2017-02-26 21:09:51 -0500
“The idea, therefore, that the ‘Christian Right’ is fundamentally more publicly menacing that the Left’s own Statist claims and theocratic friends, is preposterous.”

I get the point: proclaim and witness to the Gospel and then move on. Either it will be accepted or rejected, for people are free to make choices.

But, but, but … life ain’t that tidy that we can walk away. We Christians are to live out our faith and witness in our environments: family, friends, co-workers, neighbours, acquaintances. Too often we cannot “walk away.” We Christians worth our salt are in it for the long haul in these personal environments. And we are not worth that salt if we are not eager for their souls to know Jesus Christ and to go to heaven. Jesus said, “Go ye therefore and proclaim the Gospel to all nations.” Holey smoley – is that not menacing to the leftist and statist claims? We with the spirit of love and evangelization are their worst nightmares, for we are called to restore the world to Christ. Blessedly it is not with a sword or a gun, but with prayer and faith increasing love for the children of God.
commented 2017-02-12 11:01:27 -0500
Best Rebel commentary I’ve seen in a long time David. It seems the Christian based political right is a huge threat to the politically correct left. World government is their dream come true so of course individualism must be crushed by allying with other one-world ideologies. The question is: if the left succeeds which ideology will triumph in the end?
commented 2017-02-11 21:32:16 -0500
Thanks for that Alison Beil- in fact many Muslims are converting to Christianity every day as they hear the gospel and awaken to the love of Christ as to the hatred of Muhammad. All of us are created in God’s image.
commented 2017-02-11 20:14:57 -0500
Thank you, Alison! As regards your comment about Jesus’ adjudication, I think you’ll find evidence of what I mean by clicking on the hyperlink in red— Luke 12:14.

Thank you, Maurice! That’s a kinder word that you likely realize.
commented 2017-02-11 20:13:53 -0500
Excellent article David. One has to start with the atheism of the left which is so obsessed with eradicating the Christian principles this country was founded on that they are willing to ally themselves with another ’ religion’ that has only that in comman with them. Their hatred for Christians and Jews can only be explained as demonic. We are entering the end times and everyone will have to make a choice. We live in an opposite world from one generation ago and does anyone seriously think that in 50 years or so it’s going to be any better.
commented 2017-02-11 19:50:19 -0500
Thank you David MacKenzie for sharing this as what I mean to say is that Jesus is alive and He does intend to judge and He will keep His promises to all of us, for He Is one triune with God the
Father and Holy Spirit, and all glory and honour is due to Him, eternally.
commented 2017-02-11 19:42:08 -0500
I am sure you are wrong to say that Jesus did not want to adjudicate everything. When Jesus was teaching His disciples in Galilee, He was approached by many people – even lawyers who wanted him to adjudicate for themselves. They at least approached Him for legal advice about how they should behave in regard to someone or any group they felt had wronged them – such as Caesar over taxes. He said render under Caesar what is Caesars and give to God what is God’s. And He told them that a woman who gave her last two coins as alms was more righteous than anyone else. He said “you will always have the poor” and indeed we still do – we will always have innocent, poor, vulnerable babies and children and elderly people who can not work and provide for themselves. To those who believed He could heal them of infirmities – deaf, blind, lame, and lepers – He freely gave them healing. He told them all to follow him – and learn of Him – and He told His disciples it was not yet His father’s will that He Judge the entire world’s people of their sins – so He did not attempt to overrule the High Priests and Roman ruler – even though the High Priest’s falsely accused Him of blasphemy, and Pilate ordered that He be crucified to appease those High Priests and the rebellious Jews of Jerusalem. Jesus submitted to their arrest and crucifixion of Him, (below a sign that Pilate ordered be hung to identify the fact that the Jews of Jerusalem who shouted they wanted NO KING BUT CAESAR – the sign said Pilate had Him identified as Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews) Before that happened Jesus had told his disciples to go in pairs and share His good news: His promise that if they repented He would forgive them. He said if anyone welcomes you, go in an accept what they offer as payment for teaching them all His Truth – His Way – His Life, but if any reject His message and refuse to be baptized and repent to be forgiven, then His followers should shake the dust off their feet and leave the unwelcoming and non-penitent to suffer in non-forgiveness from Him in Hell. He revealed to His followers that He is their real king on earth, as in Heaven – He revealed that at His transfiguration and after He rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven. You might not believe that is true – but I do, and so do many others who are evidently willing to be crucified if God calls us to that – to show our trust in Him for forgiveness and eternal salvation as our reward in Heaven and on earth.
commented 2017-02-11 19:31:56 -0500
Cathy. I know some guys in our military. I assure you, our military is Liberal brainwashed to the core!
commented 2017-02-11 19:17:43 -0500
Liza, we all know what that will look like don’t we, getting a leader who will save our country. By that I mean look at the U.S. with President Trump, you know what I mean. The mental cases from the left (or where ever they come from… probably from hell) screeching and yelling, promoting violence to take over the country, trying to convince everyone, especially the leftists that this is the right thing to do?! I think it’s time to start praying to rid our country of this wild rampant mayhem. The confusing thing is that it looks like all churches are so brainwashed by the MSM that they are willingly going along with the deception. If Canada can get a good strong leader, together with Trump, we’re going to beat this communist threat in our country. (I think islam is already deeply embedded into our government, security, military, and school boards as their agenda has been ongoing for a long time. Although I think they’re all getting very nervous because of Trump. Ha Ha Ha.)
commented 2017-02-11 18:55:52 -0500
You would reasonably think that God would be intelligent enough to know science and therefore caution against inbreeding because it causes birth defects. However, Muhammad married within his own family and to this day, Muslims can marry their first cousins. What kind of religion is that?
commented 2017-02-11 18:44:22 -0500
Cathy the problem is, if the masses wait until their governments and police forces are infiltrated, and immigration has flooded the country and tipped the demographic, it won’t matter anymore, we will already be an Islamic country/continent/world. How far do you think they have already come in Canada? Just take a look around and take stock. It’s under way. I hope we can last until Justin gets what is coming to him. God help us if we can’t find a leader who can save this country and save it in time. If we get another gopher we will be sunk.
commented 2017-02-11 18:37:12 -0500
“A REBEL FAN commented 2 hours ago
Anything I’ve ever read about Muhammad makes him sound like nothing more or nothing less than a sociopath. Why anyone would follow anyone like that is beyond me, unless they were forced to follow.
We have Pierre and Justin Trudeau to thank for bringing the problems of the Middle East into Canada. They’re right up there with Mussolini and Nicolai Ceausescu.”

I wish he was ‘right up there’ with them…they used to hang you for treason.
commented 2017-02-11 18:27:41 -0500
The masses of people are being duped by the MSM anyway. MSM doesn’t even nearly report half of the criminal acts happening right now in Europe due to “Syrian refugees”. We can only hope we don’t have to learn the hard way, too, before we wake up in Canada. MSM is silent and derelict in their duty to inform the public of what’s really happening.
commented 2017-02-11 18:23:11 -0500
Whether Muhammad was paranoid schizophrenic and calling himself a prophet was a delusion of grandeur or he was a sociopath and using the ploy of calling himself a prophet to convince religious people to follow him, Islam is not a religion.

I heard a military man giving a speech about Islam. He said, “Islam is a political ideology masquerading as a religion.” I can believe that.

Part of the problem is that not everyone is Muslim and has no interest in looking into the teachings to find out anything about it. Muslims tell us it’s a religion and we roll with that. It’s only when you start to look at the teachings that you think, “This couldn’t possibly be a religion.” Maybe when more people see Muslims in action, they’ll wake up to the ruse.
commented 2017-02-11 18:09:09 -0500
Is there even any legitimate historical evidence for islam? Guess it doesn’t matter anyway because the UN backs everything about islam including all the war mongering, beheading, terroris, global warming, carbon tax, climate change, making up songs with ferries flying around telling people what to do and the UN is pathetically allowed to rule the world with all this violence and BS. All countries have separated religion from politics and schools systems except islam which is now violating all these rules and forcing all their beliefs down everyone’s throat by saying if you don’t accept their way you are a racist. Come on now, this is all BS and we know it. How stupid has the world become. How long is it going to take the world to wise up to this islamic game of intolerance, bigotry and violence? Where are the normal people and politicians and why aren’t they speaking out against it? It’s all going to come to a grinding stop soon. People in the world can’t be this gullible for much longer, can they?
commented 2017-02-11 17:28:15 -0500
All Mohammad tried to do was to copy parts from Judaism and Christianity hoping that everyone would follow him. Even then, people wouldn’t follow him, so he killed them. (Some religion that is!)

Lisa Rosie, that’s a good idea to declassify Islam as a religion.

No other religion advocates killing everyone who doesn’t agree with it.

Islam must the first “religion” to be built entirely around mental illness. Judging from some of the news stories in Europe and now here about the followers these day, it shows, too.
commented 2017-02-11 17:10:39 -0500
I have not met an ex Muslim yet who calls or considers Islam to be anything short of a politically motivated cult. Islam is not a religion. It gets away with what ever it wants under our freedom of religion law. Until it is ‘declassified’ as a religion nothing will change. Our laws are being used against us.
commented 2017-02-11 17:00:35 -0500
Islam advocates animal abuse, child abuse, misogyny, necrophilia, homicide for anyone who disagrees,…etc.

How could anyone mistake this lunacy for a religion?
commented 2017-02-11 16:48:02 -0500
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 32,798 Attacks, 210,178 Killed, 293,879 Injured that we know of.

David, I have to acknowledge that in many of your posts, you’re not exactly my cup of tea. But in this case, you’re absolutely dead on. You scored a bull’s eye.
commented 2017-02-11 16:32:39 -0500
Oldest Koran predates ‘prophet’ Mohammed: Islam was plagiarized for political agenda, but by all means “swear an Oath” on it.

“Muhammad was once a refugee taken in by the Jewish City of Medina. Within 5-years, he had driven out, executed, or enslaved every jew there.” Sounds familiar…

“The Mayo clinic describe signs and symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia may include:

Auditory hallucinations, such as hearing voices
Delusions, such as believing a co-worker wants to poison you
Emotional distance
Self-important or condescending manner
Suicidal thoughts and behavior

The list serves as a tailored description of the ‘prophet’ of Islam."
commented 2017-02-11 16:15:03 -0500
Anything I’ve ever read about Muhammad makes him sound like nothing more or nothing less than a sociopath. Why anyone would follow anyone like that is beyond me, unless they were forced to follow.

We have Pierre and Justin Trudeau to thank for bringing the problems of the Middle East into Canada. They’re right up there with Mussolini and Nicolai Ceaucescu.
commented 2017-02-11 15:39:46 -0500
Some Canadians voted for change in the last election. Change just for the sake of change isn’t always a good thing. Like people say, “Be careful what you wish for.”
commented 2017-02-11 14:10:53 -0500
Al-Berda will fight back.
commented 2017-02-11 14:10:12 -0500
Liza Rosie it is very sad , hopefully it will not have to be a large scale war. And of course the left will not make excuses for us when we fight back after being marginalized.Their pet excuse will not apply when it actually applies.
commented 2017-02-11 13:46:16 -0500
This is a must read for all TRUE Canadians
Sharia Law – List of Key Rules

Sharia law is the law of Islam. The Sharia (also spelled Shariah or Shari’a) law is cast from the actions and words of Muhammad, which are called “Sunnah,” and the Quran, which he dictated. Sharia law itself cannot be altered but the interpretation of Sharia law, called “figh,” by imams is given some latitude (see Hitler and Islam).

Shariah lawAs a legal system, Sharia law is exceptionally broad. While other legal codes regulate public behavior, Sharia law regulates public behavior, private behavior and even private beliefs. Of all legal systems in the world today, Sharia law is the most intrusive and restrictive, especially against women. According to Sharia law:

• Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand (above).
• Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
• Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.
• Criticizing or denying Allah, the god of Islam is punishable by death.
• A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
• A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
• A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
• A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
• Girls’ clitoris should be cut (Muhammad’s words, Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).
• A woman can have 1 husband, who can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
• A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
• A man can unilaterally divorce his wife; a woman needs her husband’s consent to divorce.
• A divorced wife loses custody of all children over 6 years of age or when they exceed it.
• Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
• A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
• A woman’s testimony in court, allowed in property cases, carries ½ the weight of a man’s.
• A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
• A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
• A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
• Meat to eat must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah – i.e., be “Halal”.
• Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.
• The list goes on (see Sharia law in America, UK, Europe and Saudi Arabia).
Something else that is practiced but not on this list is THIGHING there infant GIRL’S.
(Checkout, Thighing on you tube)
It will make you sick.
commented 2017-02-11 13:04:19 -0500
We need to drain the swamp in Ottawa.