The stupidity or aggression of the American Christian Right!
By Melanie Nathan, February 16, 2015.
The White House has received criticism for not referencing the religion of the 21 Egyptians who have been beheaded by ISIS. The victims have been described in media reports as “Coptic Christians.” .
Here is the statement released by Press Secretary Josh Earnest:-
“Statement by the Press Secretary on the Murder of Egyptian Citizens
The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity. This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL.
This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL. We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat. We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.”
I think President Obama is absolutely correct in refusing to play this out on ISIS terms. If the President referenced the religion of the victims, as Christians, he would be playing into the hands of ISIS. He would be handing them their desired press on a silver platter. The U.S. President is way too smart for that.
Yet again the U.S. religious right wing extremists, who have criticized the President for not referencing the religion of the victims, are all falling for the bait. They are politicians playing to their Christian base – insinuating through irresponsible rhetoric that the President is offending Christians. The President is not so stupid as to fall into the trap of allowing this to be perceived as a religious war – one that risks the pitting of Christians against Muslims – Christianity vs. Islam. To that end he noted that ISIS sees no bounds in its barbarism: “It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity” – should surely suffice to illustrate that this is not about Christianity per se, but rather about ISIS’ attempt at dominance regardless of who is in the way, including moderate Muslims.
Unfortunately some Americans are plain morons and cannot see this, and insidiously others are chomping on the bit to do just that – to indeed allow this to be the very Christian crusade that former U.S. President George W. Bush had the stupidity to allude to, when he invaded Iraq – now the ISIS killing field! And lest we forget those who simply choose to ignore our best interests and would rather use this issue to wage their war here at home – their admitted battle against Obama’s existence- their obstruction of his presidency, couched in a racist deluge.
The likes of the extreme right, – the Michele Bachmann’s of the world- would give anything to see this as a war between Christianity and Islam – and then to blame such on Obama; and if Obama is not going to buy into such, then the President will still be blamed for not making it one!
While the President is cautiously using terminology to keep the slaughter in perspective; a perspective that does not give ISIS its pot of gold. ISIS is nothing more than a terrorist organization – a group of thugs currently using their extreme version of Islam as an excuse for its wanton terror – to try and push an all out war between the religions. If this were to be a war of Christianity vs Islam or Islam vs Christianity, ISIS imagines that more Muslims will be encouraged to take its side. The extreme right Christians pushing for this to be a war in the name of Christianity will soon be seen as extremists themsleves – in the same light as Islamic extremists – if this is not handled in a diplomatic fashion. Emotion does not serve us, and dividing the moderates by pushing them to the edges of extremism serves us least of all. Obama gets it!
We would risk an all out Christian vs Islam or Islam vs Christian crescendo if he did otherwise.
Let us not allow ourselves to take the bait of ISIS –
Let us not play it on their terms-
Let us keep this in perspective –
Let us see ISIS for the mere thugs that they are-
Let us not hand ISIS their dream of a worldwide outright religious war where they hope to win more Muslims crossing over toward the ISIS dream of world domination, using the alienation of Christians who buy into their game.
In short America, do not fall for the ISIS bait. Do not fall into the hands of those who would pretend the murderous rampage has anything to do with Christianity. It has nothing to do with Christians and everything to do with a handful of thugs, attempting to use an extreme religious context to assume power by “religion baiting.”