There is no nice way of saying this: the religious Left, along with their compatriots in the Secular and neoLeft, are fashioning the nooses our enemies are going to hang us all with. Of course they too will end up losing their heads to those they currently appease and pander to – but for the moment, their irrational hatred of America, Christians and Jews to the empowerment of their social and political ideology trumps everything.
These days I am not sure who is a bigger danger to us, Jihadists with detonators and bombs on their person, or these people who will drive them to their targets in the name of peace and understanding.
Of course late last week we learned that conflict resolution “scientists” will request a new course of action for Israel. After being pressured for nearly two decades to swap land for peace that never came, Israel will next be asked to apologize to its Arab and Muslim enemies for coming into existence in the first place.
Couple that with the nitwits on the Religious Left who call Columbus Day “Conquest Day”, and it is evident that the Left of all stripes wants America and the West to apologize to everyone for our existence.
Benedict Arnold is not even in the same league as these people.
By Mark D. Tooley
Religious Left officials joined in a press conference on the lawn of the Methodist Building on Capitol Hill to unveil their umpteenth protest against the Iraq War. This time, it will be an interfaith “fast” to coincide both with Islam’s Ramadan season and, more specifically, with Columbus Day. The fasters prefer to call the later the “day of conquest.”
The locale, the cause, and the participants all combined to create a uniquely absurd spectacle. Participants included the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, which owns the Methodist Building, the National Council of Churches, liberal Jewish groups, some Buddhists, liberal Baptists and the Islamic Society of North America. The later is named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the ongoing terrorism trial involving the Holy Land Foundation.
To help illustrate the fast’s interfaith theme, Gerald Serotta of Rabbis for Human Rights sounded a shofar, or ram’s horn, which Jews have used for 3 millennia as an instrument of worship. Serotta himself was introduced by Rabbi Debra Kolodny, self-professed sexual liberationist and editor of “Blessed Bi-Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith.” Rabbi Kolodny is a noted advocate of “polyamory” and the ostensible holiness of multiple sexual partners. She is not your typical rabbi. “Today, we will activate our senses,” she pronounced, right before the shofar was sounded.
But how superbly sublime that Rabbi Kolodny should be present on the lawn of the Methodist Building, taking a break from her crusade for polamory, to introduce the blowing of a shofar against the Iraq War, with her Muslim and Methodist co-belligerents. And how often is an official from the Islamic Society of North America likely to spend a late Summer morning in public solidarity with a bisexual Jewish rabbi? Only the United Methodist Board of Church and Society could facilitate such a cosmic event.
…But the interfaith fast organizers were all about interweaving “ancient” practices into more relevant and modern political activism of the Left. “We must return to the ancient disciplines so that we will turn away from violence toward reverence,” insisted Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center. He did not explain whether “ancient disciplines” might include his fellow rabbi’s vision of polyamory.
Besides the shofar, other “ancient practices” like ringing bells and smudging ashes on foreheads were performed on the Methodist Building lawn, just across the street from the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Supreme Court. Ash smudging is a symbol of Christian repentance. And fasting is a spiritual tool for drawing closer to God. But neither repentance nor the Almighty seemed to feature very prominently in the political goals of the interfaith fasters.
“When you are fasting for Ramadan, you are enhancing your sense of compassion,” instructed Sayeed Syeed from the Islamic Society of North America. “We will be asking mosques to open their doors to people of other faiths around the world on October 8 for prayer and dialogue.”
Syeed quoted from the Koran’s first chapter to conclude the performance on the Methodist Building lawn. At least somebody was quoting from the scripture of his tradition. Excepting the Muslim, nearly all of the anti-war fast enthusiasts were paladins of the Religious Left, treating the symbols of their faith like politically expedient props for the cameras.
The old Methodist temperance activists who constructed the Methodist Building were motivated by their Christian faith and love of country. Maybe with too much cultural confidence, they viewed America as the new promised land, whose sins were numerous, but whose destiny was still guided by Providence.
In contrast, the anti-war Religious Left fasters performing on the Methodist Building lawn, in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, were a sad parody of the old Methodists. The latter were propelled forward by their faith convictions, rooted deep in the Christian Scripture and in American revivalism. The former seemed almost indifferent to their professed faith, except as channels for political attention, and weapons against a nation perceived to be insidious.
I know some folks want to laugh at the blatant absurdity of bi-sexual promiscuous Activists standing in unity with Muslims to ‘promote the faith’ – but the truth is that this movement is highly dangerous. Not just treasonous, but an active element towards inciting and aiding the next holocaust to be visited upon Christians and Jews.
We ignore these “silly people” at our own risk.