Ted Byfield has a good article, There’s No Reason – Where do supposedly rationalist liberals get the demonstrably absurd idea that Christians are scary like radical Muslims?, in the Western Standard for May 7, 2007. His assessment is sound:
We stand for reason against faith, claims the liberal left. Do they, now? Perhaps they should re-examine their reasoning here. All those prone to terrorism are devout believers in God, they say. Christian “fundamentalists” are devout believers in God. Therefore Christian fundamentalists are prone to terrorism. In logic, I think this is called the “first fallacy.” It’s like saying, “All cats are animals. My dog is an animal. Therefore my dog is a cat.” In truth, liberals have at best an extremely shaky hold on reason. Maybe they should try faith instead.
Byfield cites a good exchange—a succinct comparison—in a recent radio interview:
[As compared to the odd shooting of an abortionist, there is] the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the nightclub in Bali, the theatre in Moscow, the school in Chechnya, the slaughter in Nigeria over a beauty contest—one death against thousands.
And if this isn’t enough of an obvious lack of equivalence, read about the gruesome torture and slaughter of Christian missionaries in Turkey:
According to the Washington-DC based human rights group International Christian Concern, the three were put through a horrific ordeal which included multiple stabbings before finally being killed.
An ICC statement tells: Ã¢â‚¬Å“As difficult and sorrowful as it is to learn more, we believe that we must expose the truly hellish nature of this attack for what it is.Ã¢â‚¬Â ……
ICC described the horrific ordeal in excruciating detail, which will only moderately be described in this report.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They arrived, and reportedly, after Necati read a chapter from the Bible the assault began. The young men tied Ugur, Necati, and TilmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hands and feet to chairs as they videoed their work on their cellphones. What followed in the next three hours is beyond belief,Ã¢â‚¬Â an ICC release has said.
ICC then continued to describe the nature of the torture, which included disembowelment, emasculation, and the slicing open of various orifices.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tilman was stabbed 156 times, Necati 99 times and UgurÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stabs were too numerous to count. Finally, their throats were sliced from ear to ear, heads practically decapitated,Ã¢â‚¬Â ICC reports.
In a letter from the church of these missionaries, the torture is described in even more gruesome detail:
[Details of the torture–
* Tilman was stabbed 156 times, Necati 99 times and UgurÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stabs were too numerous to count. They were disemboweled, and their intestines sliced up in front of their eyes. They were emasculated and watched as those body parts were destroyed. Fingers were chopped off, their noses and mouths and anuses were sliced open. Possibly the worst part was watching as their brothers were likewise tortured. Finally, their throats were sliced from ear to ear, heads practically decapitated.]
Secular progressives are off their rocker with such glib comparison!