Confessions of a Christian Bigot
Vol: 22 Issue: 24 Tuesday, May 24, 2016
It would appear, based on the opinion of most non-Christians (who seem to be the ones with the loudest opinion on the subject) that not including Mormonism among the pantheon of Christian denominations is evidence of Christian bigotry.
What, exactly, is a “bigot”? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a “bigot” is:
a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.
It occurs to me that, for a native English speaking writer, I sure find it necessary to go to the dictionary an awful lot. Here lately, words tend to mean what the speaker wants them to mean, regardless of what they actually mean and the more they are misused, the more popular they get.
Take “Islamophobia” for example. According to the dictionary, that word should mean “an unwarranted and unreasonable fear of Islam.”
Indeed, this is where you get to see the non-dictionary definition of bigotry used in a sentence, while at the same time, redefining “phobia” as in, “Islamophobia is anti-Muslim bigotry.”
I am a Christian. Everywhere that Islam has ever spread over the course of its history, things go badly for Christians. Under secular Egyptian President Hosni Murbarak, Egyptian Christians had it pretty good.
But when Obama chucked Murbarak under the bus in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, he chucked Egypt’s Coptic Christian population under the bus with him.
Where Islam rules, Christians are either persecuted, or officially tolerated as “dhimmis.” When Mubarak ran Egypt, Egypt wasn’t ruled by Islam, and so Egypt’s Christian minority didn’t need to apply for dhimmi status.
And so, when about 100,000 Coptic Egyptian Christians gathered in peaceful protest and to stage a sit-in outside the Egyptian state television building along the Nile, on Sunday, October 9, 2011, they were unprepared for what happened next.
They were there to protest the burning of a Christian church by an Islamic mob, while government police and firefighters stood idly by and did nothing. Naively, they expected that by gathering in such large numbers, they would make their voices heard.
Instead, all that was heard was the screams of the wounded and dying as they were set upon by hundreds of plain-clothed thugs, backed up by police vehicles and tanks that scaled sidewalks and deliberately rolled over protestors, killing dozens.
Recent fatwas issued by top Muslim religious leaders such as the Sheikh of Al Azhar and the Grand Mufti, maintained that Christians are infidels, thus making Christians and their churches subject to religious cleansing by Muslims, since Egyptian Christians don’t pay the dhimmi tax.
According to Islam’s apologists, “dhimmi” is a “protected status” within Islam. That sounds nice.
“Protected status” as a dhimmi means that instead of being valued at only 1/16th that of a Muslim, like other infidels, a dhimmi is valued at ½ a Muslim.
The ‘protection’ afforded a dhimmi is that in exchange for paying a tax, a dhimmi can practice those parts of his religion that don’t conflict with Islam and he cannot be killed by Muslims out-of-hand.
But if a dhimmi is killed, his life is not valued as equal to a Muslim, so the punishment for killing a dhimmi is reduced accordingly.
Dhimmis are forbidden to participate in the political process. But at least “dhimmi” is an Arabic word. So as near as I can tell, “Islamophobia” can’t actually be an English word, since it is neither an unwarranted NOR unreasonable fear of Islam.
Not if one is a Christian, that is.
Bigot is an English word to describe unreasonable intolerance. So “Islamophobic bigotry” only makes sense if Christians are unreasonably intolerant of their potential destruction at the hands of the people who are currently destroying Christians in Egypt.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3)
I learned over this past weekend that I am not only an Islamophobe, but I am also an anti-Mormon bigot because I was less outraged than many about Pastor Robert Jeffress’ comment to his church congregation (!!) that Mormonism is not a Christian faith, but instead, a cult.
Well, I guess that means that I am an Islamophobic bigot because I do not believe that the God that taught turning the other cheek is the same god that exhorts its followers to kill Christians for practicing their faith. Doctrines, like other things that are different, are NOT the same.
But because I do not believe that Allah is the God of the Bible, despite the fact that Allah’s doctrines, nature, character, practices and commandments are not the same as those revealed about the God of the Bible, I am an infidel who can be killed for blasphemy against a religion I’ve never been part of.
And because I don’t think that is a great idea, I am unreasonably intolerant, ipso facto, an Islamophobic bigot! And on Sunday, I learned that unless I accept the doctrines of Mormonism as being Christian doctrines, I am also a bigot.
Notice that I don’t have to DO anything to be an anti-Mormon bigot. I simply have to NOT change my religious beliefs to accommodate those I don’t believe are true.
To be removed from the anti-Mormon bigot list, all I have to do is pretend that;
- I accept that God may have once been a man on the planet Kolob,
- that Jesus may have been Satan’s smarter brother,
- that the Trinity is a false doctrine,
- that there are seven resurrections,
- that Jesus came to America to convert the Jews here, and;
- that He turned the Indians brown for not believing in him.
Oh, and that America is really the Promised Land, the Jews of Israel are usurpers, Independence, Missouri is the new Jerusalem and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, despite not meeting any of the Biblical criteria for such an office.
Instead, I learned I was a bigot by no less than Republican heavyweight (no pun intended) Bill Bennett who explained at, of all places, the “Values Voters Summit” that MY Christian values, such as the right to decide for myself what I believe is Christian doctrine, is actually anti-Mormon bigotry.
“Do not give voice to bigotry,” Bennett told the audience, before offering a few open comments addressed to Pastor Jeffress:
“You stepped on and obscured the words of Perry and (former Sen. Rick) Santorum and (businessman Herman) Cain and (Rep. Michele) Bachmann and everyone else who has spoken here. You did Rick Perry no good, sir, in what you had to say.”
The Washington Post featured an editorial penned by John Mark Reynolds under the headline, “Why Evangelicals Must Stand Up to Anti-Mormon Bigotry.” It makes for fascinating reading.
According to non-bigoted evangelicals like him, claiming Mormonism is not evangelical, that Mormons are not born again, and that Mormonism is a cult is, and I am quoting:
“bigotry buttressed by irrelevance fortified with invincible ignorance.”
Ok, so I guess I am a bigot. (But at least my ignorance is powerful, even if my faith is meaningless.)
Mormonism isn’t just NOT evangelical, it is no more Christian than is Islam. I heard one Mormon apologist on Fox News claim that Mormonism is Christian because it has Jesus Christ in its official long-form name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The long form name for Communist China is The People’s Republic of China. The long form name for North Korea is The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Does that make them democratic republics?
If I adopt the title, Emperor of the Known Universe, does it mean I can impose taxes?
It is not bigotry to say that a faith that denies the most basic of all Christian doctrines according to all the mainstream canons of Christianity, qualifies as a non-Christian cult. That isn’t bigotry. It is theology.
Islam also claims the God of Abraham and acknowledges the existence of a religious figure named “Jesus” (or Isa). But it is not bigotry to say Islam’s Jesus, who was not born of a virgin and did not die on the Cross, is a different Jesus and that Islam is therefore a different religion than Christianity.
Calling it ‘bigotry’ is an effort to bully Christianity into accepting a false god and a false doctrine into their own faith.
It is no less than a demand that the rest of Christianity accept Mormon doctrine as Christian without regard to the tenets of their own faith.
Christianity is not like the rules of membership in the Boy Scouts. One can’t sue one’s way there. One cannot bully one’s way into being regarded as Christian by name-calling. One cannot kick open the doors of Christianity and demand admission under one’s own terms.
If Christianity is real, then it has its own, unique identity. It has its own unique doctrines, practices, beliefs, theories and views concerning the Godhead – those views being what definesChristianity as Christian.
If Christianity isn’t a real faith based on real events, then of course you can modify it as necessary to make it more politically acceptable.
That is all that the Romans demanded of Christian converts in the 1st century. “Just modify it a little bit so that it isn’t so exclusive . . .” Is that so unreasonable?
Mormon theology denies the existence of the Trinity, which deviates from mainstream Christian doctrine. Mormon doctrine on salvation deviates from accepted doctrine of salvation by grace through faith.
Mormon doctrine concerning the nature of the Father and the Deity of the Son bears no resemblance to mainstream Christian doctrine.
Refusing to change one’s own doctrine in order to accommodate somebody else’s is not bigotry. But that is nothing less than what is being demanded here.
It is no different, in substance than what the antichrist will demand in return for being allowed to participate in his system.
A different Jesus is not the same Jesus as the Founder of Christianity. A different Jesus cannot be ‘folded in’ to mainstream Christianity to create a more Americanized version — without replacing the Jesus that already exists there.
It is not bigotry to say, “This is not the Jesus that I know.” To accuse a Christian of bigotry because he cannot throw his own faith under the bus in order to accommodate someone else’s is a form of religious coercion on their part, not bigotry on the part of the faithful.
A different doctrine cannot be inserted into existing Christian doctrine by political decree. It is not bigotry to say, “I cannot accept this doctrine as Christian without admitting my own faith is meaningless and can be molded and reshaped as the politics of the day demands.”
It is not phobia to fear those that are dedicated to your destruction, whether it be physical or religious.
The Mormon Jesus is not the same as the Jesus worshiped by Christians. It is not bigotry to recognize that things that are different are not the same.
But it is lunacy to pretend that they are.
This Letter was written by Jack Kinsella on October 11, 2011.