Oh yeah. Pope Innocent III.
Any Christian who bitches about the Muslim faith being based in terrorism and hate has conveniently forgotten the 13th century. And the Crusades, when Christians sought out Muslims all over the world to murder them as heretics.
There are no "radicalised" religious adherents more bloodthirsty and intolerant than Christians have been.
This is why the rhetoric coming from the (radicalised) fundamentalist/extreme Christian right makes me so bloody angry. These people don't know the history of their own damned faith. If they did, it probably wouldn't matter because they'd do that thing where they look at one side of history from the point of view of someone who wants history to work in their favour. You know, revisionists.
Muslims aren't out to get you, your wife, your kids, or your aeroplane. Assholes are.
This wasn't about radicalised Christians being critical of Islam. This was about radicalised Christians who claimed that "Christians" who murdered and raped people in the name of the Christian church were somehow different than the "Muslims" doing the same thing. I don't think anybody has a problem with people being critical of religion (whether it's Islam or Christianity or Jainism or Scientologists). But there's a huge difference between being critical of religion (or being critical of a religion) - again, let's assume the people being critical actually have some knowledge of the religion they're being critical of - and judging (and declaring) an entire religion to be based in terrorism. GRANTED, the people saying this shit do NOT have any knowledge of Islam. And it's clear most of them don't have much knowledge of Christianity either.
Christians DO believe that humans were created, where is where that assertion came from, and if they follow Christian liturgy, they are supposed to leave judgement to God. Christianity, by its very nature is a religion all about judgement, which is why Matthew fits in just perfectly. It's like he sauntered on by and was all, dudes. Stop being dicks. And everyone else was all, oh hey Matthew, why? And Matthew was all, um, because it's shitty, and it makes you look like a dick. Because you're a dick if you act like a dick. That, actually, is a fairly good summation of most of the book of Matthew.
Just for the record, my own religious beliefs or atheism have nothing to do with this argument - personally I think people are all ABOUT judgement and that the whole purpose of most religions is to try to teach people to chill the fuck out and stop being dicks to each other (which is actually what Islam teaches, just like Christianity).
The argument about what role morality plays in Abrahamic religions is for another day, though. That could fill several entire Internets.
Until radicalised Christians stop promoting hate and intolerance, I can't take a single thing they say about any other group of people, including, but not limited to, Muslims, as anything other than ignorant fear. (Although I don't know that we don't see armies of Christians raping and killing in the name of God; I'm pretty sure there are Christian militias doing exactly that in Syria.)
The difference is that there are no real repercussions for people who choose to post stuff like this online. Content providers want the interactivity of comments, because it boosts ratings by making the consumer feel like they have some kind of twisted agency in the franchise.
I think that rather than closing comments down, content providers should institute a pay-to-comment policy so that if you WANT to comment or be able to send messages to public figures, you should have to have a paid subscription that tracks your IP, your real name, and your contact info. You'd see a LOT of shitty comments disappear then, I think.
And yeah, I've heard people say this kind of crap, mostly about female news anchors, sports reporters, journalists, actors, musicians...so I think it's always been a thing AND it's more public, by definition, now.
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