If I were a Christian like Pat Robertson, I would advocate having him assassinated. After all, it's the new Christian doctrine. The Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt kill those that thou doth not liketh. Do I like Pat Robertson? Sure, I like him like I like ebola. But I'm not saying we should import those London bobbies who pumped nine bullets into an innocent subway taker's head to do their thing here. I'm not a Christian, so I'd settle for Mr. Robertson choking on a BLT with an extra splooge of mayo.
How can a country call itself Christian if it tolerates Christians who advocate assassination as a political solution? Why do we have these Christian Radicals in our midst? In any other country, the Christian Radicals would be regarded as nutcases. Fucktards. Idiots. An odd crowd of crazies to amuse the children when we run out of zoos. They'd be in the freak show at Coney's Island, next to the Bearded Lady.
But in the U.S., they're taken seriously. Their concerns — teaching creationism or "intelligent" design in our science classes, reducing women's rights by curtailing abortion, stopping gays from marrying, killing stem cell research — are on the national agenda, and widely debated in the media by serious people. They dominate news cycles more than shark attacks and Tom Cruise dancing on couches.
When did we as a nation check our brains at the door? Are we nuts? Are we terminally stupid? Aren't there enough celebrity trials to amuse us? How many Paris Hiltons would it take to keep our Christian Taliban off the airwaves?
More to the point, when did our moderate Christians decide to lie down and sleep and let the Christian Radicals speak for them?
There's an interesting analogy between the relative quiet from Islam about the radicals in their midst. It took the bombings in London for some moderate Islamic leaders to get on camera and become loud and vocal. Yet those are Islamic leaders from Western countries speaking. Elsewhere the silence from Islam is deafening.
The silence from our moderate religious leaders about the excesses of the Christian Radicals is as deafening as a rocket taking off in a baby's ear. What will it take before our Christians start denouncing the Christian Radicals who are giving Christianity a bad name? Where are the sane Methodists and Lutherans and Episcopalians? Why don't they say something? Why aren't there moderate Christians who are as famous and oft-quoted as Pat "let's-kill-for-Christ" Robertson? Or do they prefer to meekly bend over in sheep-like submission while Pat Robertson, James Dobson and others ream their religion from one Sunday to the next?