Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Let's Put the Fun Back in Fundamentalism

So maybe it was just a poor choice of words, but as the Pope was leaving Turkey, he said:
"You just can't say that, just as you can't say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups."

You can read the coverage here in the Jerusalem Post.

The only difference between Muslim fundamentalists and Christian fundamentalists is that, instead of beheading people, Christian lay hands on the sick, speak in tongues, get "slain" in the Spirit, pay their tithe, give to missions, feed the hungry, drill wells in Africa so kids can have clean water.  But other than that, we are exactly like the Muslim fundamentalists. 

We don't have suicide bombers.  We haven't blown up any buildings lately.  We don't commit murder and arson when somebody burns a Bible or makes a cartoon caricature of the Lord Jesus.  We don't rape foreign women or bang goats.  I guess the Pope can easily ignore such minor differences because all these crazy fundamentalists are just his cross to bear.

Remind me:  Did the current pope take his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi or another Francis.


  1. He has given us cause to wonder at times...

  2. I loved John Paul II. Benedict/Ratzinger is a Christian with a brilliant and powerful intellect. While I am an evangelical, I am often led to pray for the pope, and Pope Francis needs our prayers.

  3. "I told the president that it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders, whether they are political, religious or academic leaders, would speak out clearly and condemn this because this would help the majority of Muslim people," he said.

    Don't hold your breath.

    Is he just being diplomatic or does he really believe what he said there?

    Well, it is probably good that I washed out of Catholic boot camp last winter. I would have real trouble defending Pope Francis.

    (crawls back into cave, shuts door)

  4. Barnhardt thinks he believes it.

    I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    As far as your lack of assimilation, consider yourself part of Christian Special Forces. We're out here on the fringe, winning hearts and minds. Admittedly it's probably the lunatic fringe, but still ...