The Biggest Threat On the Planet

The 24-hour news cycle has elapsed for this topic,
but it is a topic which Americans will revisit too frequently.

I have been asked to respond to the notion that the United States is facing a ‘Christian Dilemma‘. It has been suggested to me that the cold truth is that in the world today militant Christianity, aided and abetted by Christian nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.

I concur with this proposition.

I mean, look, folks, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of blogs and editorials I’ve written about civil rights in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who have Christian garb such as crucifixes and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Christians, I get worried. I get nervous.

Remember those people who put up really big crosses and burn them? Any number of them have been convicted of the most vile, terroristic crimes. The Christian Identity movement regards violence as a means to their ends. Many Christians regard blasphemy, homosexuality, and abortion as crimes punishable by death. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts. Radicalism continues to pose a threat to the United States and much of the world.

You didn’t see the Muslim terrorists on 9-11 dressed in sterotypical Muslim garb. They didn’t wear kufis or robes or Mohammedan Crescents. But Christian terrorists want everyone to know that they are serving their God.

I must warn everyone against blaming all Christians for extremists. Muslims shouldn’t be blamed for 9-11 ringleader Mohamed Atta.


To provide unwary readers every opportunity to avoid confirming Poe’s Law:

Juan Williams, Fox News and former NPR commentator speaking on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’, 18Oct2010. Transcript courtesy of ‘Big Journalism‘:

The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday. On the show, the host, Bill O’Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma.” Mr. O’Reilly said, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”

Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.

He continued: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Mr. Williams also made reference to the Pakistani immigrant who pleaded guilty this month to trying to plant a car bomb in Times Square. “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,” Mr. Williams said.

Williams also warned O’Reilly against blaming all Muslims for “extremists,” saying Christians shouldn’t be blamed for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

4 Responses to “The Biggest Threat On the Planet”

  1. 1 Vivian Shuri
    January 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Magnificent satire!! When my black son recieves suspicious looks when he attends a lily-white Christian church and is too uncomfortable to return, it is another example of the absurdity of judging from outward appearances – and this is rampant in America today.

  2. 2 Jim
    December 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Yes Keith, William’s comments and my parody of them are absurd.

    Yes Carroll, militant Christianity isn’t our worst threat. Mark 14:7, “For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good …” is a dose of realism suggesting the converse: ‘You will always have a dangerous fringe element in religion, politics, or philosphy, and you will have continual opportunities to thwart their evil.’ I am appreciating your reference to Romans 2 as meaning that, rather than militant Christianity, hypocritical religiousity is the bigger threat to others.

    The absurdity of William’s statement is apparent when we list the truly big threats: nuclear conflict, global environmental disruption, etc. It is discouraging to me that America is a country where absurdities of many sorts are not merely plausible, but actively cherished and lauded as superior to decency and objective reality.

  3. 3 Carroll Boswell
    December 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Let me paraphrase Romans 2 here:
    But if you call yourself a Christian and rely on faith and boast in God and know His will and approve what is excellent because you are instructed directly by the Holy Spirit, and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, having in your faith the embodiment of knowledge and truth, you then who teach another, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you withhold food from the hungry? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you treat your wife as your inferior? You who abhor idols, do you pledge allegiance to the flag? You who boast in your faith dishonor God by abusing your faith, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the pagans because of you.”
    I don’t believe militant Christianity is the worst threat to the world. Not yet. It is only in America that it might seem plausible. In the third world Christians have not yet forgotten what “witness” means, and they have not forgotten how to be persecuted.

  4. December 13, 2010 at 9:23 am

    This is a clever take on the absurdity of Williams’ comments.

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