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Framing Today's Issues for Contemporary Biblical Christians

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Is Christianity Violent?
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Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan on Islam
Memri TV Project. Al Jazeera TV (Qatar). February 21, 2006.

CNN's "God's Warriors"
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"God's Warriors" lacked historic clarity, balance
Dr. Joseph B. FuitenBy Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten

August 28, 2007

CNN's "God's Warriors" presented the work of Positive Christian Agenda in the last legislative session. I thought they did so fairly. More important than what was said, was what they left out.

Beyond the immediate coverage, CNN's coverage was subject to certain assumptions and preconceived notions. First, as they addressed the issue of religion and violence, they lacked a control group for their analysis. The control group would be secularism.

When atheists are in charge, what
kind of violence do we get? Secularism
should be compared to religion to get
to the right conclusion.

Where was there a discussion of the twenty million or more killed by atheistic Stalin, or the thirty to thirty-five million killed by atheistic Mao, or the eight million killed in the gas chambers by pagan Hitler?

In the twentieth century secularism and paganism were the violent warriors, even more than the Muslims and certainly more so than the Jews and Christians. The underlying assumption is that religion itself tends to make one violent. The unstated conclusion that one should come to, based on that faulty assumption, is that secularism is better than religion because it does not produce violence.

Second, the premise of the program creates a sense of equivalence. Jewish and Christian warriors are pretty much the same as Muslim.CNN would like us to see the Muslims as pretty much like any other religious group. Fourteen hundred years of facts would suggest otherwise.

Islam is a religion which has aggressive war as its means of expansion. It has been that way since the time of Mohammed. Jihad is an article of faith. There is only Dar es Salaam and Jihad. The irony is that a long-standing means of attacking the Christian faith has been to characterize it as war-like and superstitious. I happen to think this is one of the key issues of our time.

I have spoken to this issue in a message titled "Is Christianity Violent?" It is an important message that I would like for you to hear. Click on the heading, located in Quick Links column to the left, and it will take you to a Sunday night message I preached on October 20, 2006. It is a message seldom expressed in Christianity these days, much to our loss.

If you get a chance, watch a recording of "God's Warriors" after you have heard my message.

I have also included a Quick Link to a message by Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan who goes after Islam. It is fairly short and well worth watching.

Yours for the Kingdom of God,

Pastor Joe
Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten is the senior pastor of Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington, and he is the former president of Positive Christian Agenda. Currently, Pastor Fuiten serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Policy Institute of Washington, an associate organization of Focus on the Family.
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