is a quick way to gain power in the short term, but discredit the religion long-term
what is christianity? what is islam? what is judaism?
you could point to some book somewhere, or some span of history, but what these religions actually are is defined by the current interpretation thereof, and it changes all the time, and it has many different flavors and sects: what "christianity" is when all is said and done is an emergent, democratic definition comprised of the views of its current practioners
therefore, it makes no sense for a "real" christian to cry foul about what some other "fake" christian is doing in the name of christianity
unless that voice is loud enough, and unless someone action on the name of "real" christianity actually shuts down the "fake" christians, then what the "fake" christians do comes to actually define the religion
in other words, mainstream christian criticism of fundamentalist politicized christianity is toothless, and it means nothing, because it doesn't actually do something about the fundies
more action is needed to shut down the fundies, less talk and hand-wringing
same with moderate muslim castigation of suicide bombers acting in the name of islam... ok, well, it is your societies that continue to create these madmen, so when are you actually going to do something about their continued creation?
toothless criticism seems to suggest passive condoning... in islam, in christianity, in judaism
so what am i trying to say?
it is one thing for "real" christians to cry foul when fundamentalist christians do something that upsets mainstream christians, but is quite another thing altogether to actually shut them down
so i ask mainstream christians to not only castigate fundamentalist politicized christianity, i ask them to fight them more directly, confront them head on, shut down fundamentalist organizations, discredit politicized fundamentalist christianity, expose the power-grubbing antichrists in their midst acting in the name of christianity, while at the same time betraying everything christianity is supposed to stand for
what is at stake is how christianity itself is defined
and the same goes for islam
and the same goes for judaism
when someone does something vile in the name of a religion, they will get away with it in today's day and age, mainly because the more moderate mainstream elements of christianity, islam, and judaism fall silent about their actions... possibly because there is sly support for militant religion, possibly because moderate religious interpretations are toothless and useless to sway or fight the fundies
but what is at stake though is how their religions are defined
and they are losing that battle
and their religions are being discredited
so i ask of moderate religous people: wake the fuck up, your religions are being driven into the ground by madmen, and you do nothing about it
you are all fiddling while rome burns
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.