Here’s one for all those advocates of theological equivalence, or the idea that Christianity and other religions are just as much capable of inspiring violence and fanaticism as is Islam.
No, no, thank you, I’ve heard of the Crusades. Haven’t heard of one lately, though. Anyway, this is not to say that Christians have never done anything evil — far from it. But those who bring up the Crusades in connection with modern-day Islamic jihad terrorism are simply trying to divert attention from the fact that only Islam among all the world’s religions has a developed doctrine, theology, and law mandating violence against unbelievers.
I keep insisting on this point because this is the basis on which radical Muslims recruit and motivate terrorists today. Until this is recognized and dealt with, that recruitment will continue.
Skeptical? Try my old friend Ben Sharpe’s simple visual explanation: The face of radical Islam in the modern era and The face of radical Christianity in the modern era. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE. Graphic, yes, but Ben here encapsulates an important truth.