Fr. Luke comforts us with the teaching that radical love for the other, not fear or hatred, is our Christian response.
Source: Terror, Violence, Fear, and Our Christian Response
Religious conservatives in the United States went on the defensive after media described the suspect in last week’s shooting rampage in Norway as a Christian fundamentalist.
Christian Broadcasting Network veteran Dale Hurd called usage of religious terms to identify confessed murderer Anders Behring Breivik “really sloppy and probably opportunistic journalism by the left-wing media.”
“I have covered the so-called far right all across Europe and it is full of people who call themselves Christians who never go to church, clearly do not have a personal relationship [with] Christ, and they call themselves a Christian almost in a patriotic sense that they stand with their country in the way that it was founded,” Hurd said.
Denny Burk, associate professor of New Testament at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said in a blog that “at most, he is Christian in name only.” Continue reading “Some troubled by the ‘Christian fundamentalist’ label for Norwegian shooter”
Doug Howard, professor of history at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mi., writes in Books & Culture an incisive review of a strange book published last year in the US.
The author is Kamal Saleem (not his real name) and the book is called The Blood of Lambs. A Former Terrorist’s Memoir of Death and Redemption. I reproduce here a few excerpts from the review, as a teaser, for a text worth reading, because it exposes in a lucid manner the kind of Islamophobic hysteria that dominates much of American Evangelicalism. Continue reading “The Apostles of Hate”