Being Guilty Of Intellectual Dishonesty
To The Reader’s Forum:
Christians are the most persecuted and targeted group in the world. When the massacre in Sri Lanka was being reported, politicians on the left, like Hillary and Obama, merely referenced the massacred as “Easter worshippers.” They couldn’t even bring themselves to say, “Christians.” They should know better: Christians worship Christ, not a holiday.
Last month, when Muslims were murdered in a mosque in New Zealand, no one on the left called them “Ramadan worshippers.” Both Hillary and Obama rightly associated them with “the Muslim community,” not as “Friday prayer participants.” Hillary also rightly pointed out the culprit of the attack, tweeting, “White supremacist terrorists must be condemned by leaders everywhere. Their murderous hatred must be stopped.”
However, the Left conveniently left the murderers of the Christians in Sri Lanka unnamed. “On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence,” tweeted Hillary. Why weren’t the actors inflicting “hatred and violence” against Christians named? A wise voice, Maajid Nawaz, who came out of Islamic terror, says that political leaders are suffering from an “intellectual and moral retreat” reluctant to name names. I would add the media too. According to NOQReport , over a 24 hour span and 67 updates on Sri Lanka, CNN retreated from mentioning Islamic terrorists.
Dennis Prager, a Jew, explains what this retreat means: “Essentially, the Left’s rule is that nothing bad — no matter how true — may be said about Muslims or Islam and nothing good — no matter how true — may be said of Christians or Christianity.”
Following the politically-correct path of intellectual and spiritual retreat is foolhardy. This is no time for feel-good inclusion, “snowflake” sensitivity, and syrupy love even if calling things what they are for the sake of truth results in being a target for the cheap shot tags of Islamophobe, bigot or hater.
When the defense minister of Sri Lanka called the horrendous violence on Easter Sunday an “unfortunate terrorist incident,” an ordinary person on social media wittingly commented, “‘unfortunate terrorist incident’ TRANSLATION ‘dutiful act of Islamic doctrine.'” That duty reaches as far back as Mohammed and as contemporary as al-Bagdadi both demonstrating dutiful devotion to the jihadist traditions of the Hadith and jihadist texts of the Koran. For the media, academia and clergy to ignore or spin these texts and traditions for retreating into their made-up religious fantasy of “Islam is peace” make them guilty of intellectual dishonesty.
The Rev. Mel McGinnis