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Questions that should be asked of Christian fundamentalists

Reader comment on item: [Finding Moderate Muslims:] Do you believe in modernity?

Submitted by Kenneth Corbin (United States), Jan 24, 2005 at 18:36

Violence: Do you condone or condemn tactics to intimidate, threaten, or kill abortion providers?

Modernity: Should Christian women have equal rights with men (for example to preach in church pulpits or lead Christian organizations?

Secularism: Should non-Christians enjoy equal rights with Christians? May Christians convert to other religions? May Christian women marry non Christians? Do you accept the laws of a majority non-Christian government and unreservedly pledge allegiance to tthat government? Should the state impose religions observance, such as banning comerce on the Sabath. When Islamic customs conflict with secular laws (e.g. providing equal rights for homosexuals), which should give way?

Christian pluralism: Are Christian Scientists and Mormons fully legitimate Christians? Do you see Christians who disagree with you as having fallen into unbelief? Is shunning and/or refusing communion to those you disagree with acceptable practice?

Self-critcism: Do you accept the legitimacy of scholaly inquiry in the origins and nature of Judism, Christianity, and their sacred texts? Who is responsible for uncritical American support for the state of Israel despite the second class, apartheid like status of Arabs under its control?

Defense against militant Christianity: Do you accept enhanced security measures to fight radical Christian elements such as those responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing?

Goals in the West: Do you agree that Western countries are majority secular or non-fundamentalist or do you seek to transform them into majority fundamentalist Christan countries ruled by biblical standards?

If we dared apply the same standards to Christianity that you suggest we apply to Islam I think you would find large areas of the American landscape where hostile militant Christianity holds sway.


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