Charisma News, Islamophobia, Jesus, and Guns

"Jesus and Guns" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward) I keep saying nothing surprises me anymore. But I keep getting surprised. We all know the teachings of Jesus are amazing until they are tested in real life. Here's a case in point. Charisma News published an article this week by Gary Cass, Why I Am Absolutely Islamophobic (sic). (EDIT: Charisma News removed this post after it received so much criticism.) When I first read this post I thought that it must be parody. Really? Now we're not only admitting we're islamophobic, but proud of it? Then I remembered what Charisma News sometimes publishes. Then I realized that there was no punchline. Cass is serious. Dead serious! Apparently Charisma News is too. I'm trying to find Cass's articles on "Why I Am Absolutely Racist", "Why I Am Absolutely Misogynist", and "Why I am Absolutely Homophobic". Maybe they will be written soon, and Charisma will be happy to publish them. Here's what Cass, and I guess the staff at Charisma News, think about Muslims:
  1. Every Muslim wants to subjugate or murder you.
  2. Allah is really Satan.
  3. Their mandate is to dominate the world.
  4. They're deadly serious about their infernal goals.
  5. They are violent and demonic fanatics.
  6. When Muslims get power they behead non-Muslims.
  7. Why? Because this is what Muhammed did.
  8. Muslims laugh at us because of how stupid we are dealing with them.
  9. Muhammed is burning in Hell.
His solution?
  1. Convert them.
  2. Deport them.
  3. Kill them.
However, Cass says that since the bible predicted this about Arabs in Genesis 16: 11, 12, conversion is not only a waste of time but unscriptural. Since dead people can't be deported, his real solution is to kill them all. Arm yourselves! Not with the gifts or fruit of the spirit, but with guns. Thanks Holy Spirit for your new charismata! Cass is a fearful fear-mongerer. The sub-text to this article is, "Why I Am Absolutely Afraid and Therefore Absolutely Hateful". As Terry Eagleton asserts in his excellent book On EvilOn Evil that ,
"I am not, incidentally, suggesting that resolving the Israel-Palestine problem, or any other situation in which Muslims today feel abused and humiliated, would make Islamic terrorism disappear overnight. The trim truth is that it is probably too late for that. Like accumulating capital, terrorism has a momentum of its own. But it is a fair bet that, without those humiliations, such terrorism would never have got off the ground."
He also says later‚
" More violence then breeds more terror, which in turn puts more blameless lives at risk."
I'm disappointed in Charisma News for publishing such a fear- and hate-mongering post that pretends to end the violence by perpetuating it. GOOD NEWS: My latest book The Liberation of Sophia is now available on Kindle!!!!! GET YOURS NOW!
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