Disclaimer: This piece is not objective. It can’t be. I’m a Christian, and therefore I have a dog in the fight, as they say. That said, I pledge to examine the subject matter in as honest a manner with as few wise cracks and ad hominem comments as possible, but with just enough thrown inÃ‚Â to avoid disappointment among my regular readers.
By now most of us have heard about Rosie O’Donnell’s comments on “The View,” the show that reminds everybody — every man, at least — ofÃ‚Â what aÃ‚Â Pampered Chef party in a women’s asylum must be like, minus the crockery.Ã‚Â O’Donnell said that radical Christianity is as great a threat to the world as radical Islam.
Heated political debatesÃ‚Â among the panel onÃ‚Â ”The View” are often dismissed for what they are: the round-table discussionÃ‚Â equivalent of Paris Hilton trying to figure out a Rubik’s Cube — but this particular discussion caused a stir.
Personally, I couldn’t believe my ears. O’Donnell was admitting that radical Islam is a threat? This, along with having the audacity to film a love scene with a man in an upcoming episode of Nip/Tuck (the show’s title will be changed temporarily to “Gag/Puke”) could cost her the cover of Martina Navratilova’s “Mullet Monthly.”
First off, an unscientific endeavor. At the time of this writing,Ã‚Â a Google search for “Muslims killed by Christians” returned 909 results. The same search flipped aroud, “Christians killed by Muslims,” returned 3,150 results. What’s that prove, other than that Google may soon get a visit from CAIR? Nothing at all, I just found it interesting.
We could sit here and spend hours, days and weeks going over the list of warsÃ‚Â throughout history, genocides, terrorist acts, etc.,Ã‚Â and pick and choose which ones wereÃ‚Â started by Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Jews, and theÃ‚Â just plain crazy. That’s boring and gets us nowhere.
What we can do is examine the context of O’Donnell’s comments, which are applauded and defendedÃ‚Â by manyÃ‚Â in America and around the world, not the least of which are Islamofascist terrorists.
First, definitions. What’s “radical” to O’Donnell?
The statementsÃ‚Â outlined aboveÃ‚Â went hand-in-hand withÃ‚Â O’Donnell’s claim on the same programÃ‚Â that the United States is bombing innocent civilians around the world (video here). With that in mind, I’ll take a Kierkegaardian leap and presume that when Rosie speaks of “radical Christianity” being a great threat, that she considers the man who ultimately orders bombings,Ã‚Â George W. Bush,Ã‚Â to beÃ‚Â a radical Christian. So there’s our baseline for who constitutesÃ‚Â a radical Christian.
But what’s our baseline for what constitutes radical Islam? This is where it gets a little more ambiguous. For the sake of argument, we’ll have to assume that O’Donnell has been touched by 9/11 in some way, so we’ll stretch it a bit and assume that Rosie would consider those who flew planes into the World Trade Center to be among the “radical Islam” of which she spoke. Therefore, it’s probably safe toÃ‚Â say that she considers Osama Bin Laden, the man who ordered the attacks,Ã‚Â to be an example of “radical Islam,”Ã‚Â though I hate to put words into somebody’s mouth.
Here’s our matchup: George W. Bush, radical Christian, vs. Osama Bin Laden, radical Islamic. Both equally threatening to freedom and innocent life, according to Rosie O’Donnell.
If that sounds like a fair comparison to us, then we qualifyÃ‚Â to appear onÃ‚Â an upcoming episode of The View devotedÃ‚Â entirely to rude awakenings.
Incidentally, the United States bombed innocent civilians during the course of World War II. Does that in and of itself mean that America, a predominantly Christian nation, wasÃ‚Â the extreme “radical” meanie faction of allÃ‚Â the participating nations? But I won’t argue this fact further, since to do so would validate O’Donnell’s claim that U.S. policy includes the bombing of civilian targets.
Hell, forget about civilians, Rosie. We don’t even bomb terrorists, provided they’re at a funeral. Once word about this got out, my guess is that Hearse sales in the Middle East skyrocketed.
TerroristsÃ‚Â may soon be at another funeral, ours, if the nature of the threat isn’t understood and one day “The View” is cancelled — by an explosion. Putting up with Rosie’s insults of those defending the United States is a small price to pay to continue toÃ‚Â do the right thing, but still, is there a more difficult job in the world than saving somebody against their will?
Rosie O’Donnell, above, posing a radical threat toÃ‚Â Dan Ackroyd’sÃ‚Â appetite
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